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IceDawgs all ‘Blue’ after state tourney
FHS beats Christian Brothers in state

Dropping the first puck at 6:30 a.m., Sunday morning, Christian Brothers High School proved superior in a 4-3 hockey state tournament victory against Bearden-Karns.

But a few hours later when it mattered most, in the championship showdown of 1st Annual Blue Division High School Hockey State Tournament March 20, B-K grabbed the gold statue with a dominant performance.

“We got everybody involved in the scoring, and once we started scoring we got on a roll,” said Taylor Cox, BHS-Karns senior defenseman and tournament MVP, who added two goals and one assist in the championship game, a dominant 6-2 IceDawgs victory versus CBHS.

With the championship victory, B-K claims hockey superiority statewide excluding Nashville.

“It's really awesome that I got to come and win it,” Taylor said. “My brother, his junior year, he came and won state and then went back his senior year.”

IceDawgs junior Nick Reed, named top tournament forward and part of a quick-striking one-two punch with defenseman Logan Webb — each assisting the other's goal -— got B-K off to a 2-0 start.

In addition to their IceDawgs experience, “We played on a bantam travel team two years ago, on the same line, so I kinda like know where he's going to be sometimes,” Reed said of Webb. “We worked well together.”

Bearden-Karns culminated two days of four-team, round-robin state play at Cool Sports, Home of the Icearium, by finishing the season 13-4 (also Knox County champs) while going 3-1 in state tournament play.

“We just moved the puck, had speed up and down the ice, and put shots on net,” said B-K head coach John Cox, whose team also beat rival Farragut, 4-2, and North Mississippi, 5-3, during the tourney.

Against CBHS, Bearden’s other goals came from Mark Gorman and Alex Nickels.

Also assisting were Forrest Dolvin and Justin Kammerer, while Reed and Webb each added one more assists.

IceDawgs goalkeeper Matt Mackle allowed just two goals on 20 shots in the title game, while goalie James Johannes was winning goalkeeper against Farragut.

In addition to Cox, Nickels and Dolvin, other B-K senior contributors were defenseman Peter Caldwell and forwards Riley MacKenzie and Corey Collier.

North Mississippi (2-2) claimed third place with a 4-2 victory against Farragut (1-3) early Sunday, as FHS had only 10 players available.

The shorthanded Ads (10-8 for the season) did beat Christian Brothers 6-1 Saturday. “We came out fighting, we were a different team,” FHS head coach Robert Despins said.

During the entire tournament, “On defense I'd say Dane Despins was really solid,” coach Despins said, also including Taylor Herbst among his top defenseman.

Forward Robert Payne “was causing turnovers ... he’s a guy that creates the plays that end up in our scoring opportunities.”


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