Huskies rip Mustangs, 6-1 |

Huskies rip Mustangs, 6-1

Special to the Daily/Frank ChowBattle Mountain's Austin Chow (11) lights the lamp Friday night against Colorado Academy in Round 1 of the state playoffs in Denver. The Huskies won, 6-1, and face Regis today in the quarterfinals.

DENVER – Battle Mountain’s Austin Chow’s favorite channel is ESPN.Huskies coach Hire is partial to TV 8 because his assistant coach Jeff Gaskin is the weatherman.We suppose that Brad Myers watches The Food Channel because their chefs use grease and it’s all about the grease for Myers.But Friday night in Round 1 of the state playoffs, Battle Mountain was tuned into CBS against Colorado Academy. We’re talking about the line of Chow (Austin)-Biegler (Alex) and Sherer (Evan), which was in on four of the Huskies six goals in a 6-1 win over the Mustangs.

“It’s excellent. It’s good to get it out of the way,” Hire said. “The team we beat is no pushover. They beat Kent Denver. We played well as a team. We got a lot of rebound goals, which will be key for us down the road.” Sherer got the Huskies going early with helpers from Chow and Biegler, who missed the first practices of his career this week with a bad back, but still came on to play a great game Friday night.Casey Kleisinger sprung Myers. The Greaser’s shot hit the Mustangs’ goalie right in the chest and bounced to Derek Byron who did the honors. Coulter Somes to Myers, who went short side, made it 3-0 at the end of the first period.In the second, it was all CBS in the first minute of the frame to the tune of three goals.

Sherer found Biegler. Then, it was Chow from Biegler and Sherer. Chow to Sherer finished the onslaught. The only surprise was that Dan Rather didn’t score.”It’s no surprise for them,” Hire said. “They’ve been doing it all year. They’ve gone through a lot of adversity the last four years and they’re not going to let it happen again.”In other action in the regional, No. 9 Regis edged Pine Creek, 3-2. The Huskies (20-0) watched that game after theirs and got a good scouting report for tonight’s game against the Raiders at 5:30.”They’re a big team with a lot of football players,” Hire said. “They’re lacking in speed which is kind of key for us. I expect our guys to go wide with speed and establish some flow through the neutral zone. We should score a lot of goals on 2-on1s or get rebounds.”

Ice ChipsRegis was the only underdog to win Friday night. Around the state – Cheyenne Mountain 7, Liberty 0; Aspen 5, Summit 1; Air Academy 4, Palmer 0; Bishop Machebeuf 4, Steamboat Springs 3; Kent Denver 4, Pueblo 1 and Peak to Peak 7, Rampart 3. … In other quarterfinals today, Kent and Cheyenne get to bash it out in Pueblo, much to the delight of Huskies’ fans. Aspen hosts Machebeuf. … In a scheduling quirk, Air Academy takes on Peak to Peak on Monday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or, Colorado

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