In-line hockey club tunes up for playoffs
The Douglas In-line varsity hockey club tuned up for the playoffs by posting a convincing 12-3 victory over Hug in the regular-season finale Saturday.
Devon Van Alyne scored five goals for the Tigers, who won for the seventh straight time and ended league play in third place with a record of 8-2. For their efforts, the Tigers earned a berth in the state tournament, scheduled for April 4 and 5 at the High Sierra Hockey House in Reno.
Douglas will first play in a seeding tournament Sunday at the Pony Express Pavilion (Mills Park) in Carson City. The top four teams from the 12-team Northern Nevada High School Hockey Association qualified for the league and state tournaments. The Tigers will face Carson at 3:30 in a first-round game.
Douglas scored first on a goal by Brian Dries at the 10:20 mark of the first period off an assist by Josh Van Bruggen. Van Alyne scored with 3:30 left in the period and Mario Quiroga scored off an assist from Van Bruggen with 2:00 left to make it 3-0.
Douglas scored once in the second period, courtesy of Van Alyne, to take a 4-0 lead. Dave Boyer recorded the shutout in goal for the Tigers in the first half.
Dries scored his second goal at the 5:50 mark of the third period off an assist from John Galicia. Van Alyne recorded the hat trick with a goal at the 3:10 mark.
Hug got on the scoreboard with a goal with 1:40 left in the third period. Douglas led 6-1 heading into the final 12-minute stanza.
The Tigers turned it on in the fourth period, scoring six times.
Van Alyne scored his fourth goal early in the final period off an assist from Greg Rowe and then completed his scoring spree with another goal a few seconds later.
Boyer, who was replaced in goal by Sean Maxey at halftime, got in on the action when he scored off a pass from Quiroga. Mike Grimes scored the Tigers’ 10th goal off a pass from Rowe at the 5:00 mark.
Douglas’ two freshman combined for the 11th goal when Galicia scored off an assist from Van Bruggen. Boyer capped the Tigers’ scoring with a goal off a pass from Galicia in the waning minutes.
Hug scored twice in the final period.
The Douglas junior varsity team was also successful Saturday, beating Reno, 11-2. Adam Johnson had a hat trick for the Tigers and goalie Clint McCoy had a shutout going through two periods.
Douglas’ Leon Kaufman opened the scoring with a goal off an assist from Aaron Russell 4:24 into the first period. Derek Kalaman made it 2-0 when he scored off a pass from Johnson a little later. Shane Sawdon also scored for the Tigers late in the first period.
Kaufman scored again early in the second period off an assist from Shane Lyon. Johnson scored his first goal at the 7:34 mark.
Blair Shope scored with 4:48 remaining in the second period off assist from Russell, Johnson scored his second goal with 2:09 left and Matt Larkin scored on another assist from Russell, his third, late in the period as the Tigers took an 8-0 lead into halftime.
Johnson got his hat trick at the 8:32 mark of the third period and Russell made it 10-0 with a goal at the 5:30 mark.
Reno scored its first goal with 3:30 left in the third and its final goal with 4:55 left in the game.
Larkin scored his second goal with 1:36 remaining to account for the final tally.
The Douglas junior varsity squad lost to Bishop, 8-2, on Sunday. Kaufman and Brandon Shope scored for the Tigers.
The junior varsity team will also compete in the playoffs Sunday. It will face Bishop again at 11 a.m. at the Pony Express Pavilion.
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