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Full strength IceDawgs topple FHS, get revenge

Missing four key players out with injury during its first hockey game against archrival Farragut High School — a Bearden-Karns loss — the IceDawgs turned the tables with a full deck of talent Thursday night, Jan. 20, in the Icearium.

Despite a 29-24 FHS edge in shots-on-goal, Bearden-Karns won 7-4 in this Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association High School League showdown behind two goals each from Jake Fountaine, Nathaniel Anderson and Nicholas Reed.

“They had some very good players that weren’t playing in that first game … that took some of their offense away,” FHS head coach Robert Despins said. “This is a much more intense team, Bearden … we’ve got to learn how to play with them.

“I think we learned some lessons tonight.”

With the Admirals attempting to rally from a 6-2 deficit, closing within 6-4 and trying to convert a power-play chance midway into the third period, Reed changed momentum in mere seconds.

Stealing an FHS pass, Reed broke down ice and tucked in a huge shorthanded goal with 7:20 remaining.

“That was huge,” BHS-Karns head coach John Cox said. “Nick’s a junior and he’s playing great this year, he’s one of our leaders on the ice.”

Coach Despins said “breakdowns” were critical during Admirals power plays. “They scored three shorthanded goals,” he said. “That’s just our guys not paying attention to detail, and that’s basically an energy breaker for our side.

“We can put pressure on their zone, but this is a very good club, Bearden,” Despins added. “I think talent-wise, they’ve probably got more talent than us.”

Lucas Despins’ one goal and one assist led Farragut (3-2), while other Admirals goals came from Karl Petrow, Gage Despins and Gavin Gauld. Taylor Herbst and Aaron Tong each had one assist.

Lucas Despins said, “I think we had good effort, but their team is really good. It was our first game in a while.

“We had a lot of power plays, but we just couldn’t put them in the net.”

Taylor Cox added one goal and one assist for Bearden-Karns (3-2 record) and Justin Kaemmerer one assist.

Looking over the BHS-Karns season, “Our seniors are great, Cox and [Alex] Nickels and [Forrest] Dolvin, [Peter] Caldwell,” coach Cox said.

James Johannes, BHS-Karns goalie who shared goalkeeping duties with Matt Mackle (each playing half the game), said “me and Matt both played really well after three weeks of not playing a game.

“Our defense did do better than we had been doing,” Johannes added. “We switched up the lines a lot.”

Also, “It’s Farragut, we really wanted to beat them.”

Its talent was deep enough Thursday that BHS-Karns loaned its dreaded opponent a goalkeeper.

FHS goalie Dakota Christian started and played the first two periods despite having the flu, but had to give way starting the third quarter.

Without a back-up goalie, “We had to borrow a goalie from Bearden, he’s the one we used in the third period,” coach Despins said of BHS-Karns back-up goalie Joshua Quarles switching sides for 13 minutes.

“He actually played quite well,” the FHS coach added about Quarles (one goal allowed). “Our players were a little bit concerned about where his loyalties would lie. But he did a great job.”


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