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Fox wins in first start

COLORADO SPRINGS – Welcome to the big show, Foster Fox.Starting goalie Karl Eklund got the night off against Mitchell Friday and the Battle Mountain hockey team was in good hands with young Mr. Fox.The sophomore netminder turned aside 17 shots to get the win as the Huskies breezed past Mitchell, 9-2.”He did absolutely awesome,” Huskies coach Andy Hire said. “He had a decent amount of shots and some of them were very good scoring opportunities. He made every big save he needed to make. On Mitchell’s first shift, they had good chances and Foster came through very strong.”

Along with the iron, an explosive offense is also a great boon to a keeper, and the Huskies didn’t disappoint there. The Derek Byron-Brad Myers-Casey Kleisinger line went absolutely postal against the Marauders, combining for five goals and 11 assists.For the statistically inclined, Myers finished with four goals and two assists. Kleisinger was buzzing with two scores and five helpers. Byron aided on four goals.”The game started off a little sluggish. There was not a lot going on,” Hire said. “Brad, Casey and Derek stepped up and took it on their shoulders and got us going where we wanted to go. It was nice for us because the Air Academy coach was sitting in the stands.”No. 2 Air Academy will have to wait until Feb. 12 for its shot at the No. 1 Huskies. In the meantime, Kleisinger started his big night with an unassisted tally with 10:35 left in the first.Tied 1-1, Battle Mountain’s first line lit the lamp with Alex Biegler and Evan Sherer feeding Austin Chow for the first of his two goals. Mitchell retaliated, but so did Kleisinger with help from Byron and blueliner Matt Garth.

In the second, the Huskies broke it open. Myers, everybody’s favorite greaser, had the natural hat trick. Byron and Kleisinger got assists on two of those goals. The defense also chipped in with helpers going to Andreas Apostal and MacKenzie Stevens. For Stevens, it was her first high school point.On the power play in the third, Myers to Kleisinger to Chow made it 7-3. As a side note, Hire said he would not bench Chow for scoring “only” two goals Friday. Myers struck again with the help of his faithful linemates and Biegler got in on the action lighting the lamp. The assists went to Myers and Kleisinger.With the win, Battle Mountain upped its record to 16-0 and 10-0 in the conference. The win gives the Huskies their third consecutive Metro title and ensures that Battle Mountain will be one of the top-three seeds come playoff time.Hire’s three stars of the game were 1) Fox, 2) Myers and 3) Kleisinger.



Battle Mountain is at Palmer today at 11:30 a.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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