Huskies Hockey flattens Mitchell
Against the Mitchell Marauders Friday afternoon, Battle Mountain hockey did most of the marauding.
The No.1-ranked Huskies did what good teams should do against bad teams – put them away and put them away early.
The Huskies (13-1 overall and 6-0 in the Metro) breezed out to a 5-1 first-period lead on the way to a 9-1 win over Mitchell (3-11, 0-8).
“We were just very happy to get the young guys into the game,” Huskies coach Jade Kersey said. “We have some young guys with not much experience and they went out there, competed and did a good job. The upperclassmen also showed a lot of a leadership. They’re used to being out there playing, but they supported the young guys. There was a good display of leadership.”
This thing was over before much of the Huskies’ faithful got settled in their seats. Keith Denton scored twice in the first two minutes. His first came from Nate Simon and Greg Garman. Derek Byron got the assist on the second.
The ABA line – we have no idea of whether Austin Chow, Brad Myers or Alex Biegler plan to go to law school – struck for the Huskies’ third. It was Chow from Biegler and Myers. Defenseman Keegan Keltner made it 4-0, courtesy of Max Miller.
Miller got assist No. 2 when he and Adam Weiss found Byron for a commanding 5-1 lead.
In the second, Miller got on the scoring end of things from Simon and Keltner. The familiar refrain of Chow from Myers and Biegler made it 7-1. Captain P.J. Bevan wrapped the second with a boomer from the point. Not to be left out, Jason Chase scored Battle Mountain’s final goal on assists from Jeff Savonen and Denton in the third.
One of the main benefits of being able to play Battle Mountain’s younger players is that the Huskies have a rare high school twin bill today. Battle Mountain takes on Palmer in the Springs in a regularly scheduled game at 9:30 a.m. The Huskies take to the ice again at 6:30 pm. in a make-up game against Pueblo, originally slated for Jan. 3., which was snowed out.
“What we’re looking to do is get an early lead against Palmer and see if we can get the young guys in to save our legs,” Kersey said. “That’s not to say we’re taking them for granted. That’s when bad things happen. Then, we’re going to have a tough game with Pueblo. We put a beating on them at Dobson, but they’ve been playing well since.”
If the Huskies can take both games today, they will clinch their second consecutive Metro Conference title. … Under the category of covering your bases, Kersey’s three stars vs. Mitchell – 1) The underclassmen, 2) the upperclassmen and 3) Byron. That makes Byron, a freshman, the first Husky to win two stars in one game. … Schedule change: Battle Mountain hosts Mitchell Tuesday at Dobson at 5:15 p.m. This is a make-up from Jan. 31’s snowout.