Huskies score 10 more in blowout
VAIL – The Battle Mountain hockey team did not lack for offense this weekend.The Huskies followed up a 12-0 trashing of Mitchell Friday night with a 10-1 thumping off Pueblo Saturday evening.”That’s a pretty big mark. That’s huge. That’s got to be a record or something,” Huskies forward Brad Myers said with a laugh. “I can’t remember when we’ve scored 22 goals, and that’s just goals. Imagine assists as well. Everyone played well this weekend. Everyone was doing their job.”Myers certainly was doing his job, posting a hat trick. His first came on a perfectly executed tip drill with the assist going to Casey Kleisinger. Myers and company (Alex Biegler and Jonathan Stevens) needed just seven seconds on a power play with one minute to go for score No. 2.Two minutes into the second on a breakaway, Kleisinger waited patiently on the left side, drawing out Hornets goalie David Madsen before feeding Myers for the open net and the hat trick.”It’s good. The team played well tonight.” Myers said. “Everyone was playing unselfishly. If you look at the score sheet, there’s probably 15 other assists. It was a total team effort.”
Actually, there were only 12 helpers, but there’s no reason to nitpick.BookendsBattle Mountain’s first and last goals were special. They were the first high school goals for Jonathan Stevens and Kyle Woods.Stevens got his goal in textbook fashion. Myers won a faceoff and it went straight to Stevens at the point. The freshman defenseman blasted away and found nothing but net. Not only was it Stevens’ first for the Huskies, but it was the first goal of the season for Battle Mountain’s blueliners.Late in the third, Andreas Apostal to Evan Sherer to Woods did the trick.
“That’s awesome for these guys,” Hire said. “It’s their first season on a varsity program. They’re going nuts out there. They’re having a great time. They’re showing me a lot of effort. It’s absolutely excellent to see those guys doing well.”Two more for ByronYou can’t stop Derek Byron. You can only hope to contain him. For the second game in a row, the sophomore netted two goals. His first was unassisted. On the second, he got some help from Jason Funk. There were also the usual suspects. Austin Chow fed Biegler for a second-period goal. Evan Sherer, on helpers from Barrett Chow and Byron, got his second in as many days. Not to be left out, Austin Chow also lit the lamp.Despite bludgeoning their opponents, 22-1, this weekend, the Huskies know the rest of the slate isn’t going to be like the last two games.
“You can’t take anybody lightly,” Myers said. “You can’t even take Pueblo lightly because they’re one of those teams that will sneak up on anybody. Everybody this week has to practice well, focus on the task on Wednesday night. I’m sure everybody will be ready. Then, we’ve got Peak to Peak on Friday, which is definitely going to be a really good test for us.”Ice chipsBattle Mountain hosts Bishop Machebeuf Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Peak to Peak Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Palmer on Saturday at 6 p.m. … The Huskies are 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Metro. … Austin Chow wore No. 22 for the first period, instead of his traditional No. 11. Apparently, he left it at home. His mom, Beth Chow, spent the first period, racing back home for his regular sweater. “We like 22 because we expect twice as much out of him,” Myers joked. … Hire’s three stars for the game: 1) Woods, 2) Stevens and 3) Myers.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.