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Second period spurt, goalkeeping keep 9-1 BHS Ice Dawgs red-hot

A second period flurry spanning less than three minutes proved to be the deciding factor in the Bearden Ice Dawgs’ third straight hockey win against archrival Farragut this season.

Second period goals by Ben Jardet, Matt Woodruff and Jay Cox sparked a 3-0 BHS lead, as the Ice Dawgs stayed unbeaten and in first-place in Knoxville Area Hockey Association play with a 4-1 victory Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Icearium.

“We talk about trying to pick it up every period, and I’m glad the boys stepped up, good job,” BHS head coach John Cox said, as his Ice Dawgs improve to 9-1 overall, 8-0 in KAHA. Farragut’s record dropped to 4-4.

Just when Bearden jumped ahead in the middle of the second period, Ice Dawg goalie Logan Baker made saves on a pair of two-on-one breakaways and another single-man breakaway, keeping the score 3-0 after two periods.

“I’ve been watching Logan since he was a little guy, and Logan is a phenomenal goalie,” FHS head coach Craig Swinson said. “He really has some talent. He always plays well against us, he shows up every time we play.”

Remember the statistics, “At the end of the second period the shots were even and we were up by three goals, and that was strictly Baker in goal playing outstanding,” Cox said, as the Ice Dawgs ended with a 25-21 shots-on-goal edge.

Swinson said, “I thought we played very well, I thought the score didn’t represented how we played. I’m very proud of the boys.”

Mike Krahl scored for Farragut with 7:33 left in final period, but Bearden sophomore Adam Bates ended the scoring in final seconds on a breakaway goal.

Cox praised Bates’ goal — his first-ever at BHS — and his defensive play to set it up. Woodruff also scored his first-ever BHS goal. “We’re very proud of both of ‘em,” the coach said.

Bearden assists came from Andrew Nickels, Jeff Slack, Chad Miracle and Jardet.

As for FHS goalie Nathan Rathgeb, “Nathan had a good game,” Swinson said.

With both coaches saying it was an especially physical game, tempers flared at points throughout, especially late.

“We always understand that when we play Farragut, it’s going to be a physical game,” Cox said. “They’ve got big bodies, they use them very well, they’re very strong.”

Swinson said, “When Bearden and Farragut get together it’s going to be a rough game.”

Swinson added that he was unhappy with the officiating.

“We took a bad break on a couple of officiating issues,” the he said, pointing to a late-game call where an FHS player reacted angrily to being grabbed and was penalized.


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