Huskies make it three in a row
And the former Huskies goalie did a good job at that. But, in the end, the Huskies broke through against their former teammate, scoring four goals in the second period on the way to a 6-2 win over the Sailors.
The win caps a strong week for the Huskies, who swept a three game homestand against Kent Denver, Aspen and Steamboat.
Not that the coach was surprised.
“I know what we have in that locker room,” Jade Kersey said. “Our guys have a great deal of character and a great deal of skill and we go into each game expecting to win.”
That wasn’t necessarily the case when Steamboat’s Matt Legrice and Jeff Franks scored to give the Sailors a 2-0 lead early in the second. Meanwhile, at the other end of the ice, Lee was standing on his head. He stopped 20 shots alone in the second period and 50 for the game.
“Obviously, I’m not that familiar with Cooper,” Kersey said. “But I’ve heard he’s a great kid and he’s obviously a fantastic goaltender. He played outstanding tonight, especially in that second period. We had to work for every single goal we got on him tonight. I really take my hat off to him.”
“It’s different,” Huskies captain P.J. Bevan said. “We all miss him, so that’s hard. He knows what we have and we know what he has. It’s kind of evened up afterwards.”
That process started when Jason Chase fed Keith Denton for a score. Austin Chow was the next to light the lamp, tying the game at two with 5:48 left in the middle stanza. Chase gave Battle Mountain the lead for good and then Brad Myers chipped in his first two high-school goals and the rout was on.
“Brad’s on top of the world right now,” Bevan said. “He played a great game and he deserves it.”
Saturday’s win was especially gratifying for the Huskies (4-1), given that it came after an emotional victory over Aspen.
“The season is all about peaks and valleys emotionally. There’s going to be highs and lows,” Kersey said. “One of the the things we addressed in the locker room was, “Enjoy it for tonight. Wake up tomorrow. We have a new game tomorrow.’ Everyday is a new challenge. It’s the teams that continuously challenge themselves day in, day out that are going to be successful.”
It also would help to stay out of the penalty box, something which was a big problem for Steamboat. The Sailors amassed 16 whistles, good for 36 minutes, and the Huskies were more than happy to convert on four different occasions.
Ice Chips: Kersey’s three stars: No. 1: Brad Myers. No. 2: Jason Chase. No. 3: P.J. Bevan. … Bad news: Turi Olson broke his left wrist in a third-period collision with a teammate. “Hopefully, my dad’s helping him,” Bevan said with a laugh. And, yes, for the record, Dr. Bill Bevan was on the scene. … With 16 Steamboat penalties, Sailors coach Dave Strang is out for his team’s home opener next week. … Speaking of Strang, it was old, home week at Dobson Arena. Strang is the former director of Vail Junior Hockey. Other gliterati included: Wade Cheatham, Jose Lozano, Scott Ligouri, Kyle Denton, Jordan Chase, Nick Spanel, Matt Thompson and some guy named Ken Bielski who says he was a coach in this area a while ago. … Battle Mountain wraps nonconference play at Colorado Academy next week.