Huskies take two on the road
COLORADO SPRINGS ” Battle Mountain hockey had an early team meeting Saturday.
Yes, it was at breakfast time, which is about normal for a hockey team, but the gist of the get-together was more focused on an event six days away.
“We wanted to make sure they were focused,” Huskies coach Gary Defina said. “Next week is Cheyenne Mountain. They needed to be focused on the task at hand and they did it.”
The Huskies downed Doherty, 5-1, Friday night ,and whipped up on Liberty 8-2, Saturday morning to up their record to 8-2, going into this Friday’s extravaganza at traditional nemesis Cheyenne. The Indians have won the last two meetings between the two teams.
“I think they know,” Defina said. “We talked about it this morning, going hard in all phases of the game to get everything ready. Our power play wasn’t as good this weekend. It’s been good for most of the season. We’ll work on that this weekend. We’ll be ready.”
The cause of Saturday’s team meeting was a listless first period Friday night against Doherty. While the host Spartans played well, Defina said his Huskies came into the game a little too confident.
Battle Mountain remedied that quickly in the second. Down 1-0, Barrett Chow scored unassisted to start the onslaught. Jordy Coffey slipped a deft pass to Sam Sterling who went top shelf for a 2-1 lead.
Jake Lammert to Chow to Ryan Maddux ended the period. On the fourth goal, Lammert and Maddux got the helpers, but it was Gustav Philipson who did the work from there. The Swede deked two Doherty blueliners and buried his shot. Chow got his second of the night to cap things.
Brad Beaudin got the win in net.
The Huskies looked much sharper against the Lancers Saturday, taking a 3-1 first-period lead. Coffey got Battle Mountain on the board, thanks to Geoff Funk and Rudi Baldwin. A minute later, Connor Tedstrom redirected a Philipson shot from the point.
Kodi Wyatt then got the first of his two goals from Tedstrom and Codi Kleisinger. The second came on helpers from Tedstrom and Philipson. Kleisinger got the next one on some tape-to-tape passing from Taylor Beairsto and Wyatt.
Maddux made it 6-2 to end the second on an assist from Charlie Tedstrom. In the third, it was a Jonny Stevens blast, followed by a Connor Tedstrom goal from John Ryan Melzer. Spencer Fox also got an assist, his first high school point.
Beaudin and Kalen Burnett split the win.
Defina’s three stars for the weekend were: 1) Wyatt, 2) Kleisinger and 3) Melzer.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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