Huskies hockey passes Pueblo test easily

Chris Freud

Match the following hockey lines with their team.

Lines: 1) KLM Line, 2) Kraut Line, 3) Production Line, 4) Scooter Line, 5) French Connection Line, 6) Hansen Line and 7) Blue Line.

Teams: A) Charlestown Chiefs, B) Boston Bruins, C) Chicago Blackhawks, D) Soviet Olympic hockey team, E) Buffalo Sabres, F) Detroit Red Wings and G) Battle Mountain Huskies.

We’ll give you a hint. The Blue Line belongs to Battle Mountain.

And the play of the Blue Line – Jeff Savonen, Chris Chase and Matt Heelan – was one of the highlights for Battle Mountain in its 6-2 rout of Pueblo Friday night.

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“A few of the younger players got considerable time tonight,” Huskies coach Jade Kersey said. “I was happy with the way Jeff, Chris and Matt played. They really earned their keep.”

Pretty much everybody in black on gold did that as the Huskies upped their record to 13-1 overall and 8-0 in the Metro going into tonight’s home finale against Mitchell at 6:30.

In a not so shocking development, Austin Chow started the scoring on a Jason Chase feed on the power play. Less than a minute late, Blue Liner Matt Heelan sprung Keegan Keltner on a nifty pass. Keltner finished the breakaway for the first of his two goals and a 2-0 lead.

Pueblo halved the score late in the first, but the Huskies erupted for three goals in the second to blow the game wide open. Steve Reid started that tear with a blast of shot. The senior’s shot was blasted so hard that kicked right out of the back of the net and all the way to the blueline before it stopped.

With five minutes left in the middle frame, Alex Biegler cracked a shot toward the net. The shot was blocked, but Brad Myers was there for the rebound and the goal.

There’s no question that Chow can score but, late in the second, he showed his gift-giving skills. He threaded a beauty of a pass to P.J. Bevan, who obliged by roofing the puck.

Keltner rounded things out with a knuckler in the third period. Karl Eklund picked up the win between the pipes.

Ice Chips: Battle Mountain will honor its seniors tonight at Dobson and that would make the honorees Paul Agneberg and Reid. … For the trivia buffs: 1-D, 2-B, 3-F, 4-C, 5-E, 6-A and, yes, 7-G. … Speaking of 7-G, the trio of Savonen, Heelan and Chase got third-star honors from Kersey. No. 2 went to Keltner, while the team got No. 1.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at

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