Down goes Regis in quarters
DENVER – Welcome back, Battle Mountain hockey.The boys are back in the Frozen Four for the fourth consecutive season after bouncing Regis, 6-3, in Denver Saturday night. The Huskies should be familiar with the situation – the crowd, World Arena, the trip to the Springs and the pressure.There’s just one little change in the program.The Huskies will not be playing Kent Denver in the semifinals. We repeat, the preordained, automatic, bet-your-401(k)-money-on-it meeting in the semis will not be taking place this year.In the Pueblo regional, Cheyenne dumped Kent, 2-1, so it will be the Indians on Friday at the World Arena.
‘I wanted Kent’ And this fact left some Huskies feeling a little grumpy, or as grumpy as a 21-0 team can be.”I actually thought that Cheyenne Mountain would win,” senior Austin Chow said. “I wanted Kent. We’ve met them in the semis so many times. It would have been fitting. But, Cheyenne came out on top. That’s our game and we know we’re going to have a tough game Friday.””I would rather have Kent, but Cheyenne will be a good game,” Alex Biegler said. Coach Andy Hire, on the other hand, picked the Indians in the semifinals and is not unhappy. “I think Cheyenne is more skilled,” he said. “There’s something weird about the Battle Mountain-Kent Denver aura. It’s nice we’re avoiding it.”
‘Ho-hum’Battle Mountain’s tilt against Regis was much like its affair with Colorado Academy on Friday. The Huskies put up six goals and then the other team scores meaningless goals. “It was just like (Friday night). Ho-hum,” Hire said. “We got up early, 3-0. After we went up early, we just grinded it out from then on.”One difference was that Chow got a hat trick.”It’s pretty sweet,” Chow said. “I wanted to get the job done and get the W. We all just wanted to go down the Springs. We’re all pretty pumped.”Chow struck first on the power play from Brad Myers and Biegler. Biegs fed defenseman Coulter Somes for a 2-0 lead. Chow to Biegler made it 3-0. It should be noted that Biegler dedicated that goal to Vail Mountain’s Patrick Scanlan for being the Fan of the Week.When you’re 21-0, you can do this.
Chow got the next two for his hat trick with two assists going to Evan Sherer and one to Biegler. Jonathan Stevens ripped the twine for goal No. 2 from the blueliners.Ice chipsThe author is apparently now a scratch golfer. In Wednesday’s paper, I wrote in “Freud’s picks” the following: “Machebeuf No. 6? Yeah, and I’m a scratch golfer.” Well, the Buffaloes knocked off Aspen, 3-1 to advance to the semifinals. Machebeuf will face the winner of Monday’s game between Peak to Peak and Air Academy in the other semi. And, I challenge Chow, who made the 4A state tournament last fall, to a round of golf when the snow melts because I apparently now have game.-Vail, Colorado