Regis gets the best of Battle Mountain hockey
VAIL — The No. 2 team in the state came as advertised and the Battle Mountain hockey didn’t do itself any favors in a 6-1 loss on Saturday night to Regis at Dobson Arena.
The Huskies hung with Regis, which went to the state finals last season before falling to Ralston Valley, for half the game before Battle Mountain started a parade to the penalty box that didn’t stop until the final buzzer.
Among the whistles were a five-minute major and two 10-minute misconducts.
‘On Their Own’
“We’re talking to the players, and, hopefully, they’re learning,” Huskies coach Dennis Hextall said. “You talk to them, try to get them to do what you’re asking, but when they get out there, they’re on their own.”
The Huskies were down just 2-1 in the second period when Max Schramm took a five-minute boarding penalty with 6:27 remaining. Regis’ Jack Jordan scored about a minute later with the assists going to Jack Kilkenny and Connor Brennan. While he didn’t get a helper on that sequence, Spencer Sannes made a key play to intercept a Battle Mountain attempted clear and keep it in the zone, setting up the score.
Battle Mountain did well to kill of the rest of the major. Credit Huskies goalie Miles Petterson, who had a great evening. He stopped 14-of-15 shots during the middle stanza and made 46 saves in all.
Any chances of a comeback were squelched when the Raiders’ Andre Dugas lit the lamp for the second time with 15:32 to go for a 4-1 advantage. Battle Mountain lost its composure, including a 10-minute misconduct for Tanner Crisofulli, from there,and Regis’ Cale Woodley and John Kane were more than happy to finish the job.
Ironically, the game started quite fortuitously for the Huskies. Crane McGuckin, with the help of Schramm and Jack Lambert, roofed his shot for a 1-0 lead. Regis replied with goals by Dugas and Michael Baer.
“Regis is a very good team,” Hextall said. “We played with them. Until the third period, it was a very good game. If not for penalties, we’re right there. What you see is our older kids skating with them. We don’t have the number of kids to pick from. We’ve got a lot of sophomores and freshman. As a result, we’ve got to play a lot of kids more, and, at the end of the game, it’s catches up to you.”
Battle Mountain (5-4-1) hosts Resurrection Christian and Columbine next weekend in Denver, while Regis (10-0) is home for Summit County and Denver East.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.