Battle Mountain comes back to defeat Pueblo
PUEBLO – The parents of the Battle Mountain hockey team would kindly like their children to stop giving them cardiac arrests.This announcement comes in the wake of Friday night’s game at Pueblo. The Huskies had their fans on pins and needles, trailing, 4-3, after two periods. But Battle Mountain righted the ship with a five-spot in the third for an 8-4 victory.”They came out on us fast, and they were physical,” Huskies coach Andy Hire said. “Their fans were into the game. We came out flat. Our defense was a little disorganized. They had too many odd-man rushes. They were a lot better than the first time (we played them – a 10-1 win). I basically told them that tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”
Tough guy No. 1 was Austin Chow. He scored Battle Mountain’s first three goals for the umpteenth hat trick of his career. His first goal came from Brad Myers and Casey Kleisinger to tie it at one in the first. Chow scored unassisted in the second and was fed by Jonathan Stevens for No. 3.Despite those heroics, the Huskies were still looking at their first loss ever in Metro play. But Battle Mountain went off in the third to keep its 26-0 mark in the conference.With 9:45 left in the third, Myers from Kleisinger and Evan Sherer tied it. That line struck again to give Battle Mountain the lead – this time it was Kleisinger and Myers to Sherer.
Chow got his fourth goal of the game on helpers from Derek Byron and Stevens. Kleisinger lit the lamp, courtesy of Chow and Andreas Apostal. Myers scored from his knees for Battle Mountain’s last tally. Sherer and Stevens got the assist, giving the latter a playmaker on the night.Hire’s three stars were – 1) Chow, 2) Myers and 3) Alex Biegler.Battle Mountain, 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference, is at Bishop Machebeuf tonight at 8:30.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado