Battle Mountain cruises past Doherty, 4-2
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Battle Mountain hockey team bounced back from a frustrating loss to Pueblo County last weekend with a pair of wins.
On Saturday, the Huskies topped Doherty, 4-2, a night after pounding Valor Christian, 8-1.
Summers Baker started the scoring in both games for Battle Mountain. The two goals were the first and second of his high school career. Against Doherty, Baker pounded a shot past Doherty goalie Konnor Barlow 2:43 into the first period to give the Huskies the early lead.
“Summers really been working hard all year,” Battle Mountain coach Gary Defina said. “He’s been on the fourth line. We gave him an opportunity to get some ice time. He’s really responded.”
Erick Chewakin answered for Doherty, but it didn’t take long for Battle Mountain to regain its advantage. With 5:15 left in the first, Chris Davis put one in the net after the Huskies were able to kill a Doherty power play.
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“Chris really crashed the net,” Defina said. “It was a big scramble and Chris pounded it in.”
In the second period, Mitchell Lammert added to Battle Mountain’s lead with a goal. On the play, Lammert punched in the rebound after Connor Tedstrom drilled one off Barlow’s pads.
Tedstrom got a goal of his own in the third period. With 8:31 left in the game, Tedstrom scored off an assist from Jack Sutherland and Baker. Braden Johnson scored a late goal for Doherty, but it wasn’t enough.
Kalen Burnett was impressive in goal for the Huskies. The senior saved 18 of 20 shots. Battle Mountain outshot Doherty, 29-20, in the game.
“Kalen played really well,” Defina said. “He’s been really solid coming back from that concussion. It was huge for him. He had such a big playoff run for us last year. We are hoping he can get it going again.”
On Friday night, the Huskies dominated Valor Christian from start to finish. Baker scored his first career goal to put Battle Mountain on the scoreboard 1:27 into the first period, and the Huskies cruised to an 8-1 victory.
The stellar effort included a 51-8 shot advantage. Battle Mountain scored two short-handed goals and two power-play goals.
Following Baker’s early strike, Geoff Funk worked past Valor Christian goalie Adam Verlinde for a 2-0 lead. Sutherland fed Davis for the Huskies’ third tally of the period. Sutherland had four assists in the victory.
The goals didn’t stop after the first intermission. Mitchell Lammert, Guy Garth and Elliot Simon all beat Verlinde to push Battle Mountain ahead 6-0.
Valor Christian’s Michael Schoolcraft scored with 2:54 left in the second period, but it hardly mattered. Michael Jones and Simon both scored in the third period to account for the final 8-1 margin.
With one game remaining in the regular season, Battle Mountain can still finish second in the Peak Conference. The Huskies are currently fourth, but if they can beat Rampart on Saturday in Eagle, they would automatically jump to third. A Palmer loss would move Battle Mountain up to second, assuming the Huskies take care of Rampart.
“It would be awesome,” Defina said. “It would be nice to have that momentum going into the playoffs. And it would be big for seeding.”
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.