Huskies hockey snowed out
With more than a foot of snow coming down on Friday night alone and the prospect of more snow on the way, Battle Mountain hockey postponed its game with Pueblo Saturday.
Battle Mountain’s bus was scheduled to leave at 6 a.m. for the noon game at Pueblo. But with Vail Pass closed in both directions because of heavy snow at the time and Tennessee Pass closed because of an avalanche, there was no realistic way for the Huskies to get to Pueblo.
“The kids were having difficult even getting to (Battle Mountain High School where the bus leaves),” Huskies athletics director Fred Koetteritz said. “There was too much snow and the road conditions were a question. With more snow in the forecast and the time frame we had, it didn’t make much sense to travel.”
Koetteritz called Pueblo athletics director Cherie Toussaint to ask for the postponement early Saturday morning, and she agreed to reschedule the game.
On Monday, Koetteritz will check the Huskies’ schedule for open weekends and then consult Toussaint for similar openings on the Hornets’ slate. One possibility, Koetteritz said, was an space between the end of the Huskies’ regular season and the playoffs.
In the meantime, the Huskies are scheduled to face Aspen Wednesday on the road at 4:45 p.m.
This is not the first weather postponement in the history of Huskies hockey. In February 2002 because of weather, both Kent Denver and Regis were unable to make it up to Dobson. Both games were rescheduled for the next week.
Chris Freud is the sports editor of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.