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5/13/2019
Kings fall to Bartlett in final minute
Kings goaltender Tim Cook defends the net against Homer High School junior Daniel Reutov (12) on April 18 during a 1-1 draw at Esther Shea Field. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek


By SPENCER GLEASON
Daily News Sports Editor

The score might not of said it. And Juan Robles and Jacob Potts might not have sounded like it.

But the Kings held their own on Saturday.

The two Ketchikan High School co-head coaches were more emotionally drained than anything after the Kings’ 2-1 loss to Bartlett High School. And the same could be said for the Kings’ players in the locker room afterward.

“They were quiet,” Potts said.

Down 1-0, Kayhi battled back to tie the Golden Bears 1-1 midway through the second half.

The Kings’ Apollo Jasper beat several Bartlett defenders, and snuck the ball past the Golden Bears’ goalie to even the score. And the momentum was on Kayhi’s side.

“Apollo had a free kick, and it hit the post (later in the game),” Potts said. “We were right there.”

But as the clock wound down in the second half, and in the final minute of play, Bartlett slipped the ball past the Kings for its victory.

“The guys worked so hard (for) 80 minutes, (and they) take their foot off the gas pedal for one play and that was the difference,” Robles said. “We hung in there against a competitive team. And we made it difficult for them. ... Our guys battled really, really hard.”

The Kings moved Friday’s goaltender, Sully Schulz, to centerback, and slid Tim Cook back into net. Despite Bartlett scoring twice, both Potts and Robles said neither shot was Cook’s fault.

“He had a fantastic game,” Potts said. “He had some good saves.”

And Cook was a general on the field, helping his defense get in line.

“Tim was super vocal,” Robles said. “His voice was hoarse after today. (He’s) a great role model. ... You can never have too many role models, especially ones as vocal as Tim.”

The Kings finish their four-game trip to Anchorage 2-2. Kayhi beat Houston and Redington high schools before falling to Chugiak High School on Friday and Bartlett on Saturday.

And throughout the week, Potts and Robles saw several players take that next step.

“We had a lot of good performances,” Potts said.

The Kings’ Cade McAllister and Degan Linne came into their own this trip.

“(And) Max Gonzalez,” Robles said. “He had an excellent performance (against Bartlett), making plays and being creative.”

The Kings will return home, and host Juneau-Douglas High School on May 17-18 to close the regular season.

“(This) was a good trip for a lot of players,” Potts said. “(It was) a big opportunity for kids to step up. And it was a really productive trip — a fun trip.”