One for the road: Huskies beat Mitchell
COLORADO SPRINGS – They weren’t looking past this one. Even with league matchups against Cheyenne Mountain and Steamboat Springs this weekend, Battle Mountain hockey took care of business Thursday night against Mitchell, winning 6-1.The Huskies, coming off a pair of games last weekend, used what little practice time they had this week efficiently, and handled a weaker Marauders squad.Ryan Maddux netted his first career hat trick, and got things rolling for Battle Mountain in the first period. The Marauders would tie the game up a little bit later on a fluke goal from behind the net, and the teams headed into the lockers knotted at one.”We were a little slow coming out of the gate,” said Battle Mountain coach Gary Defina. “But we outshot them by a wide margin, and at the end of the first we focused and came out much better.”Taylor Bearisto scored early in the second off a good setup by Derek Byron. Maddux went top shelf for his second of the game to double the Huskies’ lead, then completed the trick in the third with another roofer. Sam Sterling added some insurance on a one-timer fed by Jake Lammert.The Huskies outshot the Marauders 40-15, and Erik Young continued his high school unbeaten streak in net, stopping 14 shots. Battle Mountain was solid defensively, especially with Mitchell on the power play.”They had two five-on-three (advantages), and we killed off both,” Defina said. “One was a full two minutes. We worked on (the penalty kill) this week, and the kids did a good job on it.”
After losing last Friday to Pueblo, 6-4, and playing Lewis Palmer to a 4-4 tie on Saturday, the Huskies are now 6-2-2 in the Peak League. Thursday’s non-league win improved Battle Mountain to 11-4-2 overall.Tonight, the Huskies host Cheyenne Mountain, which is tied for first in the league, at Dobson for a 6 p.m. game. Saturday, the Battle Mountain closes out its regular season against Steamboat, who trails the Huskies by a few points, in Eagle at 8 p.m.”They are huge games,” Defina said. “One, you want to get playing good and get some momentum, and, two, the seeding could be huge for the playoffs.”Defina’s three starts for Thursday were: 1) Maddux 2) Byron 3) Young.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.