Hornets sting Huskies hockey
PUEBLO – Battle Mountain hockey lost its first Metro Conference game in the program’s history Friday night, falling 5-2 at Pueblo.The Huskies, three-time champions of the Metro, had won 34 straight games in league play since the conference was created in 2002, and had an 8-0 record against the Hornets before Friday’s game.
Pueblo played its trademark physical style, using its size to both its advantage and disadvantage. The Hornets’ physical play helped them control the tempo of the game, taking a 4-1 lead in the third period. At the same time, the Hornets’ aggressive play got them in trouble with the officials. In all, Pueblo was whistled eight times for penalties. And special teams play, more specifically lack of success on the power play, doomed Battle Mountain. The Huskies were only 1-for-8 with the advantage. Particularly decisive was a seven-minute stretch in the second period when the Huskies were on the power play, including a five-minute major upon which Battle Mountain could not capitalize.Pueblo broke the ice with the game’s first goal, but Jason Funk responded with the equalizer. The Hornets led 3-1 at the end of the first period and padded their lead before Kodi Wyatt finally got one for Battle Mountain on the power play in the third.
Huskies goalie Foster Fox saw plenty of rubber, making 37 on 41 shots. Pueblo’s fifth goal was an empty-netter.Battle Mountain (4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Metro) is at Mitchell today at 10:45 a.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado