Huskies throttle Mitchell, 12-0
VAIL – Chow scored for Battle Mountain hockey Friday night against Mitchell.It’s not exactly stunning news normally, except for the fact that it was young Barrett Chow scoring his second of the season. And he wasn’t the only one.Kodi Wyatt, Derek Byron and Casey Kleisinger were among those filling the net, leading the Huskies past the hapless Marauders in a 12-0 cakewalk at Dobson.Youth was definitely served Friday as the Huskies scored four in the first, five in the second and three more in the third.”It gave me a good chance to see what our third and fourth lines are looking like because some of those kids haven’t gotten a lot of (playing) time, but they’ve got plenty of talent,” said Huskies coach Andy Hire, who saw his team move to 7-0. “So it was good to see that.”Those two lines are Chow the younger, Turi Olson and Wyatt; and Jason Funk, Kyle Woods and Chris Chase. “In some of our tight games against Kent Denver or Cheyenne (Mountain), we played two lines,” Hire said. “It’s a good feeling; if our guys need a break, they can get in there and hold up their own and do very well.”
Goals, anyone?The 12 goals tied the school record – also in a 12-0 shutout – set at Wasson on Jan. 18, 2002. Kleisinger fed Byron twice, including on the opening goal. Kleisinger ended up with a playmaker and a goal to boot.For Byron, the goals were a nice reward for his hard work this season on the second line, where he usually grinds out space for Kleisinger and Brad Myers.”It’s just stepping up like you should be when you’re a sophomore and getting up there,” Byron said. “Last year, I had a couple goals. It’s all fun and games.”Wyatt was having some fun, too. He scored the first goal of his high school career and added another for good measure.”I was just in the right place at the right time,” Wyatt said. “Barrett went in and shot the puck. It bounced off the goalie. He just stayed on the ice and I shot the puck over him.”
For the record, the game puck is going into Wyatt’s trophy case.Evan Sherer snapped a two-game drought with a marker in the first, courtesy of Jason Funk. When Kleisinger scored, the Huskies were cruising, 4-0.Chow to ChowEarly in the second, Barrett Chow hopped out onto the ice, got the puck and fed his brother, Austin, for a nifty breakaway goal. It’s the first time these two have combined on a goal in their careers.”It’s actually a really great experience to play with my brother,” Barrett said. “We don’t get to practice a lot because he’s always age groups ahead of me. Giving him a goal kind of makes me feel happy because I did something for him.””I knew we were going to hear it sometime during the year,” Hire said. “It’s good to hear. It’s fun for the parents. It’s fun for the kids. They’re close-knit brothers. It’s kind of cool to hear it over the P.A.”
Barrett made the most of his opportunity, finishing the night with a goal of his own and two assists.”It’s nice being able to go out there finally and try to show Coach what I can do,” he said.Not to be left out, the vets also contributed to the rout. Austin Chow lit the lamp twice and had a helper. Olson buried one in the second, and Myers finished the rampage by going five-hole on a thoroughly peppered Luke Fischer, Mitchell’s goalie.Ice chipsBattle Mountain outshot Mitchell, 44-15. Karl Eklund got the shutout for the Huskies. … With the win, the Huskies moved to 3-0 in the Metro Conference. Also, with Air Academy’s 4-1 loss to Kent Denver this week, Battle Mountain is the lone undefeated team in the state. … Hire’s three stars – 1) Wyatt, 2) Barrett Chow and 3) Byron. … Battle Mountain hosts Pueblo tonight at 6 p.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.