Huskies hockey downs Summit, Pine Creek
COLORADO SPRINGS — It’s not perfect hockey, but it’s winning hockey.
Battle Mountain added four points to its column this week with a 4-1 win over Summit County at Dobson on Thursday night and a 3-2 overtime thriller at Pine Creek on Friday night.
Battle Mountain is now 3-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the Peak Conference.
“It’s a good start in the win-loss column, but we’re not playing consistently,” Huskies coach Dennis Hextall said. “That’s what I’m concerned about. We have a pretty big gap between the seniors and the freshmen, experience-wise. We want to win for the seniors and develop the freshmen and sophomores as well.”
Down go the Tigers
Let’s be clear, coach Hextall is not throwing these wins back, but he might have aged a few years in the process.
Against Summit on Thursday, the Huskies were down 1-0 after two periods before erupting for four goals in the first 5:39 of the third.
Keaton Fedrizzi got it going on a helper from goalie Max Clark. Clark stopped 15-of-16 Tigers’ shots on Thursday.
Hunter Fox to Zach Booth, followed by Robby Gruber to Wyatt Alt kept the parade going. Fox scored Battle Mountain’s fourth, thanks to a pass from freshman Joey Beveridge.
“We’ve got to play the whole game like the third period,” Hextall said. “If we do, the Summit game is over in the first period.”
Down go the Eagles
Battle Mountain was a bit more consistent on Friday night down in Colorado Springs, building a 2-0 lead over the Eagles. Whatever their inconsistencies, the Huskies are getting scoring help from the blueliners.
Gruber gave Battle Mountain a 1-0 lead in the first on passes from Fox and Fedrizzi. The first two are defensemen. In the third stanza, Fedrizzi lit the lamp on feeds from Fox and Gruber for a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead. However, Pine Creek scored twice during the final minute of regulation.
But it was Booth from Fox and Gruber to the rescue 1:43 into overtime that made the long bus ride back from the Springs a happy one. Declan Rooney got the win between the pipes against Pine Creek.
The Huskies head back down to Colorado Springs a week from today to face Doherty in Peak Conference play in the finale before Christmas break.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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