Big Dobson crowd welcomes back the Yeti
Special to the Daily
The Yeti returned to a raucous Dobson Arena for their first game in 18 months.
The first period was an offensive explosion as both teams traded goals resulting in a 4-3 Yeti lead.
Vail’s Dalton Speelman scored a “natural hat trick” with three goals in the first. The second period was more of a defensive battle with no scoring and terrific goaltending by Vail’s Spencer Gold.
In the third period, with the Yeti attempting to kill off their second two man down penalty kill, Jackson Hole scored the equalizer followed by two more quick ones to go up 6-4. The Yeti answered with an Andy Canzanello wrist shot to pull to 6-5. The Yeti had several good chances with the goalie pulled and on a power play, but time ran out.
Game 2 vs. Jackson Hole proved to be a bit frustrating for the Yeti as they tried to play catch up all night and at times seemed like a team that has been off for 18 months.
The Moose were sharper, especially on special teams. The Yeti’s Tom Budzynski tied the score with his second goal. Down 4-2 in the second, Dom Panetta fired a shot top corner to cut it to 4-3. On an ensuing power play with a chance to even the score, the Moose scored a short handed goal. Justin Elmore added a tip in goal off a shot by Dave Ramsey, but it was too little too late. The game ended with a final score of 8-4.
The Yeti are looking forward to Rivalry Weekend vs. Breckenridge Dec. 17 in Breckenridge and then Dec. 18 in Vail.
For more information, visit VailYetiHockey.com.