Huskies hockey downs Kent Denver, 4-2
DENVER, Colorado ” Yes, it’s been four years since these two met in the postseason. Yes, none of the current members of Battle Mountain hockey played in this rivalry.
It is always a big deal when the Huskies take down Kent Denver as they did last weekend by a count of 4-2.
While Battle Mountain and Kent have not done battle at the World Arena, site of the state’s Frozen Four, since 2004, the last of three semifinals meetings in as many years, this was a quality win for the Huskies. Kent may be off to its traditional slow start at 1-3 ” including a 4-3 loss to Cheyenne Mountain ” but the Sun Devils will be in the mix of it come playoff time.
The Huskies took charge against Kent with a power-play goal from Connor Tedstrom early in the first. Captain Geoff Funk struck midway through the opening stanza on a helper from Ryan Barry,
After the Sun Devils tied the game with two quick strikes in the third, the Huskies iced their second win of the season. Rudi Baldwin to Spencer Fox was good for the go-ahead goal. Jack Sunderland added insurance with 29 seconds to go.
Battle Mountain’s home opener last weekend against Peak to Peak was snowed out as the Pumas and several other Front Range teams called off events in multiple sports because of the recent storms. Battle Mountain and Peak to Peak will reschedule the game later in the season.
The Huskies will try their home opener again Friday at 6 p.m. at Dobson against Peak Conference foe Liberty.
VMS cagers seek elsuive first win
EAST VAIL, Colorado ” No one said a first-year basketball program is an easy experience, but the Vail Mountain School hoopsters made another bit of progress in a 69-53 loss to Battle Mountain’s freshmen Monday.
The Gore Rangers broke the 50-point mark for the first time in three tries. Sean Minett and Alex Bard paced VMS with 13 points each. Sean McKiever and John Landreth both had six points, while Urba Bartas had five.
“I think the kids are starting to learn that the game is a lot faster than in practice, and they’re still trying to adjust,” VMS coach Vinny Cisneros said. “But everyone’s attitudes are really positive and they’re realy working hard for that first win.”
VMS, 0-3 in its maiden voyage in basketball, hosts Vail Christian after the holiday break Jan. 8 against Vail Christian’s junior varsity.
Huskies basketball struggles
EAGLE-VAIL ” It weas a rough go for both Battle Mountain basketball squads last weekend. Both teams went a combined 0-6 at preseason tournaments.
The boys dropped three at the Northeastern Junior College Tournament, falling to 3A power Platte Valley, 69-32, making a game of it in a 55-51 defeat to Colorado Springs Christian and losing to 5A Thornton, 68-49.
The girls’ team struggled in Fruita, losing to the hosts, 59-30, before bowing to Carbon, a Utah school, 67-13, and Grand Junction Central, 78-10.
Both teams are at Coal Ridge Friday night, while the boys’ team has its home opener Saturday at 5 p.m. in Eagle-Vail.
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