Apr, 13, 2006
Ice ’Dawgs claim TN state crown
By Alan Sloan
The Farragut Press

NASHVILLE — Bearden Ice Dawg goalie Logan Baker pitched a shutout at the perfect time.

Five different BHS hockey players assisted with the scoring, as the Ice Dawgs captured the Tennessee High School hockey state title by blanking Shelby County 3-0 in the championship game Sunday, April 2.

“I’m very proud of the boys,” BHS head coach John Cox said. “At the first of the season, we set this as one of our goals and we never lost sight of it.

“Fundamentally, more than anything else, our freshmen and sophomores stepped up, and everybody played well, everybody contributed,” Cox added. … “It was a team effort. We had a lot of people step up on Sunday.”

The victory ended Bearden’s storybook season with a final 21-2 record, including a perfect 17-0 in Knoxville league play.

In the championship game, Bearden struck early with a first period goal from Chad Miracle, assisted by Daane Blocksma.
Ben Jardet made it 2-0 with an unassisted, shorthanded goal in the second period, followed later in the period by Nickels, assisted by Adam Bates.

Baker, named Knoxville player of the year by etpreps.com, stopped all 16 shots he faced.




The tourney started Saturday, April 1, with three unassisted goals from Andrew Nickels, whose effort helped push Bearden past Collierville 3-2. Baker stopped 17 of 19 shots.

Behind Stephen Holbrook’s tie-breaking goal midway into the final period, assisted by Blocksma, Bearden edged the Knoxville Warriors 2-1 Saturday. “That was just a huge game-winning goal,” Cox said.

Nickels’ first period goal was assisted by Sean Verlinde.
The Warriors’ second-period goal was shorthanded, scored by Donald Williams and assisted by David Rousseau.

Baker stopped 11 of 12 Warrior shots, while Warrior goalie Michael Sardono stopped 21 of 23.
Three first-period goals for Shelby County allowed the Memphis team to hand Bearden its only state tourney loss, 5-2, as Cox decided to rest goalie Baker for the championship game.

Ice Dawg goals came from Hunter McLees, unassisted in the first period, and Michael Vekasi, assisted by Justin Rateau, in the second period..

Other Bearden players who contributed in this tournament and/or during the season are Chris Bates, Steven Cohen, Jay Cox, Kevan Elkins, Michael Harrison, Evan Rogers, Jeff Slack, Grady Woodruff and Matt Woodruff.
Assisting Cox this season were coaches Glen Bates and Reed Claiborne.

Because of a controversy involving scheduling, Nashville area teams did not take part in this season’s state tourney.

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