Huskies roll past Bishop Machebeuf |

Huskies roll past Bishop Machebeuf

Shane Macomber/smacomber@vaildaily.comBattle Mountain's Brad Myers, right, burns Tim Grigsby of Bishop Machebeuf on a breakaway during Thursday night's game at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail. The Huskies won, 9-2

VAIL – It took Bishop Machebeuf three tries to make it up to Dobson Arena for its hockey game with Battle Mountain.Turns out though that the Buffaloes really shouldn’t have bothered. The Huskies plastered Machebeuf with six first-period goals on the way to a 9-2 matinee victory Thursday.”We always thought that they were scared to play us the first time,” Huskies defenseman Andreas Apostal said. “It’s good that they finally got up here to play us. Now that we’ve got that over with, it’s good.””The most important thing was to take away their hope before the game starts,” fellow blueliner Coulter Somes said. “That gives us a mental advantage over them.”Though Machebeuf scored the first goal of the contest, Somes was right on target. The Huskies answered with a volley of 21 first-period shots.’There is no there there’

How Machebeuf has compiled a 7-2-1 record in the Metro is anyone’s guess, especially given the way the Buffaloes played Thursday. Gertrude Stein said of Oakland, Calif., “There is no there there.” The same could be said for the Machebeuf defense.Huskies forwards breezed through the slot unmolested and that bunch will make you pay if they have room.”Our guys are playing pretty well,” Huskies coach Andy Hire said. “That team has some very good talented players on it. They didn’t have it together as a team tonight. We got a lot of good effort out of our third and fourth lines, some good scoring chances, too, and they were playing well positionally.”Evan Sherer broke in all alone and slotted his shot on the right side to tie it at one at the 12:01 mark. One minute later, Matt Garth and Casey Kleisinger fed Brad Myers for the twisted wrister. Who says this guy is a garbage man? Myers is a greaser.Sherer to Alex Biegler to Austin “Don’t call me Alex” Chow made it 3-1. That goal was the beginning of hat trick No. 5 on the season for Chow. Sherer got his second of the evening on a ripper from the slot. The assists went Derek Byron and Barrett Chow. Sherer to Biegler to elder Chow – stop us if you’ve heard this before – shorthanded upped the lead to 5-1.Byron had the prettiest goal of the game to end the first. He knocked down a Myers feed before entering the Machebeuf zone and buried his shot for a 6-1 lead.

One minute into the second Kleisinger lit the lamp, courtesy of Chow and Myers, on a power play. Sherer gave Chow his hat trick and Byron to Myers finished the scoring.Meanwhile, goalie Karl Eklund continued his solid play. Coming off a big game against Aspen, the senior netminder continued his good run, turning away some tough Machebeuf shots.”He’s been unbelievable,” Somes said. “There’s been times when we get walked some times and Karl’s always there to stop the puck. We’re just there to finish the job and clear it.”Up nextEveryone has Air Academy on Feb. 12 marked on their calendars. The problem is that there are three games – at Palmer Saturday, at Mitchell Saturday and at Summit Wednesday – before that. “We like to take it game at a time,” Apostal said. “We’re thinking about Air Academy because they’re definitely one of our big rivals this year. But, one game at a time is what are we doing.”

Hire is going to test his team’s depth this weekend in the Springs.”The next two days we’re going to run our four lines, give those guys a lot of time,” he said. “Come down the road against Air Academy and the state playoffs, we’re going to need that third line to play some shifts and put forth some effort. We’re going to try to give those guys as much game experience as possible.”Ice chipsBattle Mountain is now 15-0 overall and 9-0 in the Metro. The Huskies need one point in their final three conference games to clinch their third consecutive Metro title. … Alex, er, Austin Chow now leads the state with a whopping 47 points – 30 goals and 17 assists. Myers is not far behind – our stat department is still working on that. But, we’re not surprised because No. 91 is a greaser. … No. 91 also unloaded the biggest hit of the year on Machebeuf’s Garret Iwata in the second period. “That is one of the toughest hits I’ve seen in my hockey career,” Hire said. … In a nod to the defense, Hire’s three stars were 1) Apostal, 2) Somes and 3) Matt Garth.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or Vail, Colorado

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