Breakaways call a KAB, beat Bandits
The Vail Breakaways women’s hockey team’s transport of choice last Sunday was a KAB.
This is not some new Slovakian taxi, but the line of Keltner (Karrisa), Alt (Julie), and Babcock (Jen), which accounted for two goals in Vail’s 3-0 win over the Denver Bandits.
With the win, the defending state champs moved to a 2-0 start in the Women’s Association of Colorado Hockey.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Alt, who anchors the KAB line at center. “We have an awesome team this year – a lot of returnees and two new players, who are great additions. We’re a tight team. We’re going to have some intense competition this year. So, it’s good to get off to a good start.”
The KAB line ensured that in the first period against the Bandits Sunday. Alt to Babcock gave the Breakaways a 1-0 lead.
“Our line, Jen, Karrisa and I were just passing it around, just like crazy,” Alt said. “It just popped out to me. I tried to send it in there in front of the net and Jen put it in.”
After scoreless second period, Vail put the game away in the third. The KAB line struck again with 8:19 left in regulation. The trio was circling and said Alt, “The puck finally popped on my stick and the net was wide open. I said, “Oh good.'”
It was good, with the assist going to Keltner.
Also good were Yode Borg and Cindy Reynolds. They caught Denver on a bad line change and made the most of it.
“I got an awesome pass from Cindy and the defense was changing up,” Borg said. “I saw the five-hole and tried not to choke.”
No worries, there. And, as always, there were no worries when it comes goaltender Pat Lammer who was a perfect 18-for-18 on Denver shots for her first shutout of the season.
The Breakaways figure to get a stern test Sunday when the Breckenridge Blizzard comes to town at 6 p.m. The first factor is that Vail went to a preseason tournament at the Steve in September and the results were less than pleasing.
“Breck has become pretty competitive. They’re almost as competitive with us as Aspen,” Borg said. “We played them recently in a early-season tournament and they crushed us. We need to pay them back.”
It will also be a a homecoming of sorts for Maddie Vasquez, who played with the Breakaways through last season. Having moved down to Denver for business, she’s lacing them up for Breck this season.
Admission to the game at Dobson is free. And, feel free to call for a KAB.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.