Battle Mountain hockey falls to Lewis-Palmer, 6-2 |

Battle Mountain hockey falls to Lewis-Palmer, 6-2

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
SPT BMHK Sunderland FILE TS 12-19-08

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” Friday’s big tilt with Lewis-Palmer didn’t go as planned for the Battle Mountain hockey team.

Hoping to take control of the Peak Conference, the Huskies never found their rhythm. Lewis-Palmer scored early and often to beat Battle Mountain, 6-2, in Colorado Springs. The Rangers outshot the Huskies 43-23 in the game.

Battle Mountain had an early chance to grab the lead when it went on the power play with just 3:16 into the first period. Unfortunately for Battle Mountain, Travis Lachner stole the puck and raced down ice for a short-handed goal and 1-0 lead.

Blake Cogburn and Greg Bryant scored goals less than three minutes apart to give the Rangers a 3-0 advantage at the first intermission.

Lewis-Palmer continued to put pressure on the Battle Mountain power play in the second period. Nate Westerfield scored Lewis-Palmer’s second short-handed goal with 9:41 left in the period.

The Huskies’ Cody Kleisinger answered with a goal, but it wouldn’t be enough. Cogburn added his second goal of the night, this one coming on a power play with just more than five minutes left in the second.

Zach Bever padded the Rangers lead with a goal with seven minutes remaining in the game to make it 6-1. Battle Mountain’s Guy Garth beat the Lewis-Palmer goaltender to account for the final 6-2 margin.

After the Rangers took control of the game, things started to get a little chippy on the ice. The two teams combined for 12 penalties in the second and third periods. Battle Mountain was whistled eight times.

Battle Mountain, 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the Peak, is at Palmer today.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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