Huskies complete sweep of Machebeuf
Exhibit A: Brad Myers scores two goals Saturday night in the Huskies’ 5-2 win over Bishop Machebeuf.
So, Brad, how’d you do it?
“It’s fun. I was just thrown into the mix,” the sophomore said. “Just getting two quick ones, it was a rush. That last one, I was surprised how that got in. I have no idea how it got in the net. I just went around in back and saw it in the net.”
Repeat after us, young Myers, “Accept as reality and move onward.” And throw in a few chants of “I am the river,” while you’re at it.
Not that Myers should be surprised. He’s been on a bit of a goal-scoring binge lately with two against Steamboat before the break and one more at Machebeuf on Friday afternoon.
Myers was joined on the scoresheet Saturday by goals from fellow sophs Austin Chow and Alex Biegler.
“I’m very happy with the way Brad Myers is playing. The same goes for Alex Biegler,” Huskies coach Jade Kersey said. “They’ve both been playing some solid hockey as of late. Brad’s starting to score some goals for us and we need that extra help.”
Yes, young ‘uns came out firing, but don’t forget “old man” P.J. Bevan, who had a nice game with a goal and an assist. The captain fed Chow on a nifty helper for a 1-0 lead two and a half minutes into the first.
Bevan and Chow reversed roles on Battle Mountain’s second goal with Chow setting up Bevan for the blast from the point.
“He was much better for us tonight. The thing with P.J. is that I think he was pressing too much,” Kersey said. “Tonight, he took a little off his swing. He just let it happen. That is why he got the shot off. He was able to jump in on the offense rather than try to lead the offense.”
Machebeuf’s Steve Nepil halved the Huskies’ lead in the second period, but two from Myers kept the Huskies comfortably ahead.
The Buffaloes did take advantage of a two-man advantage late in the second on a goal from Larry Huseman. Biegler answered in the third and the Huskies completed a weekend sweep of Machebeuf.
Between the pipes, Karl Eklund stopped 24 of 26 shots, including a spectacular save on a breakaway from Machebeuf’s Erik Kiekhafer.
With the win, the Huskies moved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the Metro Conference. Battle Mountain hosts Liberty (4-0 overall and 0-0 in the Metro) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Dobson.
“It’s a great start, but we don’t want to rest on this,” Chow said. “We have a lot of things we need to work on. There are a lot of things that we can do better. We definitely didn’t play our best game, but we did enough to get the win and that’s the bottom line.”
Ice Chips: Your three stars, courtesy of Kersey: No. 1 – Myers; No. 2 – Biegler; No. 3 – Chow. … Hospital report: Steve Reid is recovering better than expected from a dislocated hip. He’s moving around pretty well and meeting with the doctor this week. “He is making great progress and we’re very happy with it. But we’re not going to force him back before he’s ready,” Kersey said. The coach says two weeks is a likely estimate for Reid. … Turi Olson, however, is still a ways away with his broken wrist.
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