Huskies hockey stays above .500 |

Huskies hockey stays above .500

Special to the DailyBattle Mountain hockey's Derek Byron, right, had a hat trick in the Huskies 4-2 win at Mitchell Saturday.

COLORADO SPRINGS – Welcome to The Show, Eric Young.Battle Mountain hockey’s freshman goalie got his first start of his high school career Saturday and he made the most of it as the Huskies skated to a 4-2 win at Mitchell Saturday.”He’s been working hard all year, so we wanted to get him a start and he got his first high school win,” said Huskies coach Gary Defina, whose team moved to 3-1 in the Metro and 5-3 overall.Doubtless, Young is a big fan of Huskies’ forward Derek Byron who logged a hat trick against the Mauraders.”He got beat up (Friday) night by Pueblo,” Defina said. “They were targeting him all night and he got pounded pretty good. But he responded. He’s got so much skill.”So does blueliner Jonny Stevens who ripped a one-timer from Matt Heelan and Barrett Chow for the Huskies’ other goal.After a tough 5-2 loss at Pueblo Friday night, Defina juggled his lines Saturday. He put Taylor Beairsto, Byron and Chris Chase together and Chow, Kodi Wyatt and Ryan Maddux on an all-sophomore line.Like the boys’ basketball team, Saturday’s win was a bounce-back win for hockey.”It’s huge – 5-3. I was concerned (about going) 4-4,” Defina said. “We’ve had eight games and only one home game. It’s been a rough schedule for a young team. Plus, we had four games after the break, so basically we had one practice in two-and-a-half weeks and then had to play four games.”Defina’s three stars were: 1) Byron, 2) Stevens and 3) Young.For the Huskies’ faithful who have older schedules, Battle Mountain is not at Summit Monday and does not host Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. And quite frankly, given the Huskies’ frantic schedule of late, they wouldn’t mind a week off.Battle Mountain returns to Metro play Friday at Dobson at 6 p.m, followed by a rematch of last year’s state semifinal against Cheyenne Mountain Saturday at 11:45 a.m., also at Dobson.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or, Colorado

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