Angry Huskies rout Pine Creek in Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – And just exactly who in the heck were those guys skating around in white sweaters and black pants on Friday night at Dobson Arena?
“Some Squirt team. I don’t know,” Battle Mountain forward Jack Sunderland joked.
“We did not play well in any phase of the game,” Huskies coach Gary Defina said bluntly.
And so after a stunning 6-0 loss to Air Academy at Dobson, Battle Mountain hockey spent the following 24 hours doing some soul-searching before taking out all their anger on Pine Creek Saturday night to the tune of 7-0.
“I feel like the game last night really upset us,” said Battle Mountain’s Chris Davis who had a hat trick. “We had to improve off of that. I think a lot of that came from the emotions we had today.”
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Getting the groove back
There is a legitimate case to be made for parity in the Peak Conference, but a 13-goal swing in 24 hours likely speaks more to the fact that Huskies (3-1 in the Peak and 6-3-1 overall) were feeling a little too good about themselves after pounding Cheyenne Mountain last weekend, leading to a clunker against the Kadets.
Battle Mountain got its swagger back in a hurry Saturday against the visiting Eagles. After the captains called a players-only meeting Saturday morning, it was none other than the C himself, Connor Tedstrom, who lit the lamp with a powerful rush up the right side. In the slot, he put the puck on his backhand and roofed it for a 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later Jack Sunderland fed Otto Jordan for a shot. Jordan was denied but the rebound came right back out to Davis who got his first of the evening.
“It feels great to get a hat trick,” Davis said. “I feel like all the goals were right in front of the net, garbage goals. Nothing wrong with garbage goals. I felt pretty on my game.”
Tedstrom to Davis with 10.3 seconds left in the first gave the Huskies a 3-0 lead, going into the first intermission.
Both of the Huskies second period goals came short-handed. Blueliner Brian Ratkowski tucked in a rebound from Michael Jones. Davis then completed the hat trick on the tip drill.
Sunderland and Aaron Lewis, the latter returning from a collar-bone injury, scored in the third to complete the rout. Goalie Curtis Hart bounced back from his worst outing of the season – in all fairness to the keeper, the first two goals he allowed on Friday came on the power play – for a shutout, stopping 13 shots.
The coaches three stars were 1) Davis 2) Hart and 3) Tedstrom.
Race wide open
Rampart and Air Academy sit atop the Peak Conference at 6-1, followed by Steamboat Springs at 4-1. Battle Mountain visits those Sailors on Monday night.
Cheyenne Mountain and Battle Mountain both st at 3-1 with the Indians at Rampart Monday. Meanwhile Pine Creek, Lewis-Palmer and Palmer are sitting a step behind the Huskies.
“(Pine Creek) beat Air Academy. We beat Cheyenne and Cheyenne beat Air Academy on Monday. It’s weird. It’s going on like that all over the place,” Defina said. “The whole league’s like that. Steamboat beat Lewis-Palmer last night and they lost to Air Academy this morning. Palmer’s only a .500 team and they beat (defending state-champion) Regis last night.”
Buckle up, everyone.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.