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Huskies put the lights out early against Coronado

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS – Forget about overtime, and while you’re at it, forget about the full 45 minutes. All the Battle Mountain hockey team needed Saturday morning was half a period to put away Coronado in Colorado Springs.The No. 4 Huskies netted five goals in the first seven minutes, and marched to a 9-1 win, marking the first time in four games they didn’t play in overtime. Battle Mountain looked fresh from the first drop of the puck at 8:45 a.m., even after a 3-2 overtime win against No. 2 Air Academy Friday night.”We kept stressing it, saying you can’t let down,” said Battle Mountain coach Gary Defina. “(Friday’s) win would have meant nothing if we lost today.”Jake Lammert led the way for the Huskies, netting his first high school hat trick and adding two assists.”It was pretty awesome,” Lammert said. After netting two goals in one shift early in the first period, Lammert picked up his third on a power-play tally in the second off a deflection on a Connor Tedstrom shot.”We were afraid of coming out flat, but that wasn’t the case at all,” Lammert said.Brad Beaudin made 14 saves and picked up the win in his first career start.”He was working hard,” Defina said. “The only goal he gave up, he had no chance on.”RollingDerek Byron, Jason Funk and Max Ward also scored in the first period, and the Huskies held a 20-2 advantage in shots after 15 minutes.”It was pretty much all she wrote,” Defina said. “A couple guys had some big games.”Ward added another goal later in the game, to tally his first two high school scores, while picking up an assist.Sam Sterling, who centers Funk and Lammert, notched a goal and had three assists. Barrett Chow had three assists as well.With the win, Battle Mountain moved to 7-2-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the Peak Conference. Saturday’s game was the fourth consecutive road game in Colorado Springs for the Huskies, and their first league game that didn’t go into overtime.”It feels like the Springs is our second home,” Lammert said.This weekend Battle Mountain hosts a pair of home games, with Doherty on Friday at 6 p.m., and Liberty on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Both games are at Dobson Arena. Earlier this year, the Huskies, once invincible at home, had some trouble at Dobson.”We want to reestablish our play (at Dobson) for sure,” Defina said.Defina’s three starts for the game were: 1) Lammert 2) Beaudin 3) Sterling.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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