Huskies hockey clinch Metro title
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Saturday’s theme was “Taking Care of Business,” and that the Huskies did, sweeping a twinbill on the road, crushing Palmer, 6-0, and whipping Pueblo, 7-0. With the wins, Battle Mountain clinched its second consecutive Metro Conference title.
“We still have two games left and we have to take care of business,” Huskies coach Jade Kersey said. “Our goal is the No. 1 seed for the playoffs. It’s great to win the conference, but we have loftier goals.”
And, that’s where “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” comes in.
If you include Friday night’s 9-1 romp over Mitchell, Battle Mountain (15-1 overall and 8-0 in the Metro) outscored its opponents, 22-1, this weekend. The Huskies just kept rolling against Palmer Saturday morning, putting up four in the first period. Two very familiar lines – Keith Denton from Jason Chase and Nate Simon and Alex Biegler from Brad Myers and Austin Chow – put Battle Mountain up 2-0.
Max Miller to Adam Weiss and vice versa made it 4-0.
And, please stop us if you’ve heard this before, in the second – Chow from Miller and Biegler and Simon from Chase and Denton. It was 6-0 – bring in the young guys and get ready for Pueblo. Karl Eklund had the shutout.
At least against the Hornets, the Huskies mixed it up a little. Max Miller fed freshman Coulter Somes for his first high school goal. Then, it was Denton from Chase – and for the sake of variety, the second assist went to P.J. Bevan.
The Huskies ended the first with Weiss’ second goal of the day – this time from Casey Kleisinger and Miller.
In the second, Simon scored and, shockingly, Chase and Denton assisted. Kleisinger made it, 5-0, via Miller. Defenseman Greg Garman fed Chow in the third, and Denton finished it up with an unassisted goal. Eric Hansen got the shutout in net.
“We’re very happy with the way the kids responded,” Kersey said. They had a difficult challenge and they responded well. We knew they would. They’re a very competitive bunch.”
The Huskies host Mitchell Tuesday night at 5:15 p.m. at Dobson. The regular season concludes Friday at 7 p.m., also at home, against Liberty. That will be Senior Night. … Kersey’s three stars vs. Palmer – 1) Weiss, 2) Miller and 3) Eklund. … Kersey’s three stars vs. Pueblo – 1) Denton, 2) Hansen and 3) Somes.
Lady Saints lose heartbreaker
There’s no give up in these Saints.
The Vail Christian girls basketball team was down, but not out Saturday against Ouray. Down 33-24 after three quarters against the visiting Trojans, Vail Christian put up a valiant rally before falling, 37-34.
“We fell behind 15 or 16 points and the girls really buckled down and we were only down by nine after the third,” Saints coach Patrick Beaudine said. “We held them to four points in the fourth quarter. We had so many opportunities the way we forced all those turnovers. It was great the way we came back.”
Rachel Glandorf led the Saints with nine points, while Lauren Mutter had eight. Freshman Danielle Cavanaugh chipped in seven.
The Saints (7-8 overall and 2-4 in the 1A Mountain League) next host Crested Butte at 4 p.m. at St. Clare on Saturday.
Saints boys fall to Ouray
For the Vail Christian boys basketball team, it’s a matter of putting it all together in one game.
The Saints had some bright moments, including an 18-point fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough Saturday as Ouray topped Vail Christian, 59-42.
“We’re getting better,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “The biggest thing is putting together the complete package. One week, we’ll do one thing well. The next week, we’ll do another thing well. Once we put it all together, we’re going to be a team to be reckoned with.”
Kyle Morris was tops in scoring for Vail Christian with 14. Matt Seatvet was big under the glass with 16 rebounds and eight points. Jonathan Armstead continued his solid sophomore season with seven points and nine boards.
The Saints (2-12 overall and 1-5 in league) host Crested Butte Saturday at 2: 30 p.m. at St. Clare in Edwards.