Douglas hockey team finishes 2nd
The Douglas varsity hockey team, after splitting its final two regular season games, finished in second place in the Northern Nevada High School Hockey Association standings.
The Tigers defeated the Wooster Colts, 10-3, as every Douglas player scored either an assist or goal. Douglas lost to first-place Carson, 14-2, in its last regular season game.
The Tigers (7-1-1) entered the 11- school zone tournament in Reno during the final weekend of February as the No. 2 seed. Clint McCoy and Sean Maxey combined goaltending duties and every Tiger scored in a 20-1 win over Galena in the first tournament game.
Douglas then faced off against No. 3 seed Reno. Brian Fries scored a goal 20 seconds into the sudden-death overtime period to give the Tigers the 4-3 win, keeping them in the winner’s bracket.
Douglas then met South Tahoe for a chance to play No. 1 seed Carson. The Tigers continued their winning ways over the Vikings with a 12-2 win.
Carson handed Douglas its first loss of the tournament, 8-1. Senior Mike Grimes scored the lone Douglas goal on an assist from John Bavaro.
In their fifth game of the tournament, the Tigers played a tougher match with South Tahoe, defeating the Vikings, 7-2. Seniors Rocky Radka and Brian Dries each scored two goals in the win. Sophomores Josh Van Bruggen and John Galicia and junior Mario Quiroga also scored goals.
The Tigers advanced to the final four where they faced off again against No. 3 seed Reno. Dries led all scorers with four goals as the Tigers defeated the Huskies, 6-3. Assists were posted by John Galicia and Josh Reynolds.
The victory over the Huskies put Douglas in the final playoff game with Carson, where the Senators continued their overpowering play, defeating Douglas, 5-0, in the championship game.
Penalties cost the Tigers, as Carson scored three of its five goals on power plays.
Dries had a prolific season, ranking among the league leaders in goals and assists. Douglas loses four other seniors this year, Chris Martin, Rocky Radka, Mike Grimes and Devon Van Alyne. These players have been with the hockey program since its inception four years ago. Coach Hector Quiroga is optimistic that the team will do well in the upcoming state high school tournament scheduled for mid-April in Reno.
The Douglas JV club, coached by Roger Van Alyne, played in a season ending tournament the following weekend and finished in third place.