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Huskies avenge loss to Kadets

COLORADO SPRINGS – Take that, Air Academy.Battle Mountain hockey exacted some big-time revenge against the Kadets, who broke the Huskies’ collective heart with a 2-0 state-title win in February, with a 4-2 win at Air Academy Saturday. “Oh my God, revenge is sweet,” said Casey Kleisinger, who was on the ice at the World Arena for the state-final loss. “Let me just say that. It’s sweet. When that buzzer sounded I don’t think that there was anyone who didn’t get goose bumps and wasn’t jumping up and down. We all went crazy.””It’s huge for the guys who played last year. It was real emotional for them,” Huskies coach Gary Defina said. “The game got a little testy at points. There were a couple of scrums. There’s no love lost between these two team. The kids who played last year, it was huge for them. They were so fired up after the game.”Kleisinger had a hat trick for the Huskies, adding to his team-high total of 13 points (six goals and seven assists). Down 1-0, Barrett Chow fed Kleisinger from a power-play goal with 45 second left in the first stanza.In the second period, the Huskies again got the equalizer. Blueliner Coulter Somes deftly kept the puck in the Kadets’ zone. He slipped it over to Jordan Vanvoorst, who found Kleisinger in front of the net for his second.Kleisinger got the game winner with a great unassisted power play goal. He roofed his shot with five minutes to go. Chow iced it with an empty netter in the closing seconds.Goalie Foster Fox continued his steady improvement, stopping 22 of 24 shots Saturday.”He just kept us in it in the first period,” Defina said. “We were getting outplayed towards the end when it was 1-0. He kept us in there at the end of the first.”So after a disheartening start in the form of an 8-4 loss to Aspen and a 5-4 overtme win over lowly Summit, Battle Mountain appears to have righted the ship. The Huskies have answered with quality wins against Peak to Peak and Air Academy in the last eight days..”Two big wins on the road,” Defina said. “The teams seem to be pretty evenly matched, but we’ve dug down in the third to pull these games out with a lot of good team effort. We rolled three lines tonight. Everybody contributed. I think we’re just getting better and better.”The coach’s three stars were 1) Kleisinger, 2) Fox and 3) Chow.Battle Mountain (3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Metro) has its home opener at Dobson Jan. 3 against Palmer.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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