Biegler, Chow lift Huskies over Liberty
The seniors of the Battle Mountain hockey team started Friday night by giving their mothers roses on the Dobson Arena ice before their game against Liberty.
And, on Senior Night, the seniors and the rest of the Huskies nearly gave their mothers a collective heart attack, falling behind 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 before finally beating the Lancers, 6-4.
“The biggest thing is to not panic,” Huskies coach Jade Kersey said. “Winning teams are used to winning and they’re used to dealing with adversity, and our guys are used to that and they knew that they had the ability to come back on that team and the ability to close them out.”
In the process, the Huskies finished the season 17-1 and staked their claim to the No. 1-seed and home ice for the first two rounds of the state playoffs next weekend. The Huskies have been ranked No. 1 since the beginning of January, and with No. 2 Air Academy with four losses and No. 3 Kent Denver with three defeats, it’s hard to argue otherwise.
“We are the No.1-seed,” Huskies junior Austin Chow said. “Don’t forget it.”
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“CHSAA has their thing that they do and I have no idea whether we’re going to be here or not,” Kersey said. “But 17-1, I really can’t show how they can justify giving (the No. 1-seed) to someone else.”
The come-from-behind win also made the hockey Class of 2004 undefeated at home with a mark of 22-0-2 in the first three seasons of the program’s history.
“We take a great deal of pride in that. We never lose in our barn,” captain P.J. Bevan said. “That’s going to stay true this next round of the playoffs and we’re going to keep that attitude and take it down to the Springs.”
While the seniors were feted Friday, they should be giving a lot of thanks to the juniors. It was the ABA line of (Austin) Chow, Brad Myers and Alex Biegler who went off. With Myers doing the essential dirty work in front of the Liberty net, Chow had a hat trick and two assists while Biegler had his best game of the season with two goals and three assists.
“Biegs had his best game of the year. I mean, he played like a man tonight,” Bevan said. “And Chow, finishing on everything opportunity he has. He’s our scorer.”
Chow was there when the Huskies needed him the most. Battle Mountain was down, 2-0, after two quick Liberty goals just five minutes into the game. Shorthanded with 4:23 left in the first, Chow took a pass from Keith Denton, broke in all alone, was nearly tripped by a Liberty defender and still ripped his shot to halve the Lancers’ lead.
“I did everything I could to stay on my feet and get that goal,” Chow said. “We needed it.”
Yep. The Huskies tied it at two in the second when Chow fed Howdy Tuthill, who crushed his shot into the back of the net. Down 3-2 late in the middle stanza, Biegler got to work scoring a goal in the middle of an all-out scrum in front of the net. The assists went to Myers and Coulter Somes.
It was the beginning of the Biegler and Chow Show. Down 4-3 and facing the possibility of losing their grip on the No. 1 spot, the two took over.
“Austin and Alex were phenomenal tonight,” Kersey said. “The two of them were just incredible. It’s the best game I’ve seen Alex play all year and Austin really stepped up to the plate and assumed a leadership role.”
Chow won a faceoff directly to Biegler who went five-hole to tie it at four. Minutes later, Myers and Biegler to Chow gave the Huskies the lead for good. A nifty give-and-go between Chow and Biegler with 3:15 left in the game iced it, giving Chow his first hat trick of the season.
“Biegs and I, it just exploded tonight,” Chow said. “That’s all we can say. Everything was clicking right from the start. We were just rolling. We weren’t going to have them let an inch.”
And, as a result, the Huskies by all rights should be the No. 1-seed when the playoff bracket comes out Sunday on http://www.chsaa.org.
And, thankfully, no crash carts were needed by the end of the evening.
Kersey on the team’s 11 seniors: ” Our senior class is just an incredible group of kids and it’s going to be so tough to watch them leave. You develop such an emotional attachment to them. They’re such incredible kids that I know they’re going to be incredible men. I’m excited with their opportunities beyond Battle Mountain.” … The coach’s three stars – 1) Biegler, 2) Chow and 3) the seniors.
Huskies grapplers alive at regionals
Battle Mountain wrestling sent seven wrestlers to this weekend’s regional tournament at Broomfield, and all seven are still alive in their quest to make the state tournament next weekend.
“All seven made it through to the second day,” Huskies coach Marvin Sandoval said. “And I still expect all seven to make state. I won’t expect anything less.”
Heavyweight Cody Stackpole is in the semifinals with a bye and a pin of Mullen’s John Parker in 1:14. At 135 pounds, Daniel Trujillo is 2-0 and in the semis. Trujillo pinned Mullen’s J.D. Stout in 1:42 and took out Rifle’s Tyson Thompson in a 10-8 decision.
Rudy Frausto, at 119, started things impressively with a 12-1 thumping of Broomfield’s Josh Gutierrez.
At 140, Rogelio Munoz lost to Steamboat’s Donald Dillon, 10-8, but started to wrestle back with a pin of Golden’s Reed Morelli in 51 seconds.
Fran Saucedo (125), Joey Tafoya (112) and Chris Salazar (152) all lost matches, but can wrestle their way back into the top-four, which is a ticket to state.
Huskies girls basketball wins
Don’t talk to Huskies girls basketball coach David Hite about a pigtail game. He wants nothing of it.
And the Huskies took a big step forward toward that goal with a 43-34 win at Delta Friday night. In the Huskies’ second league win of the season, Alexis Guinn led the team with 16 points, while Lauren Prewitt had nine rebounds.
The Huskies can avoid a pigtail game by beating Palisade today on the road. The tip goes up at 6 p.m.