Smackdown, part II: Huskies roll
VAIL If this is sounding familiar, it should.Battle Mountain hockey pummeled Liberty with seven first-period goals on the way to an 8-0 win Saturday night.Not only was it the second night in a row the Huskies smacked around a lower-tiered team, as they should, but Battle Mountain is now riding a 10-game unbeaten streak. Just like last year, Huskies coach Gary Defina said, referring to Battle Mountains fifth trip to the Frozen Four. We want to play our best hockey at the end of the year.Were back where we need to be. We had a great week of practice. The guys are moving the puck really well and paying attention in the defensive zone.The Huskies moved to 9-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Peak Conference and put the Lancers out of their misery quickly.Derek Byron pounced on a Jonny Stevens rebound for a 1-0 lead. Jordy Coffey assisted Ben Godec on the Huskies second. Jason Funk lit the lamp on the power play, followed by Kodi Wyatt putting in a pass from Max Ward.Coffey from Taylor Beairsto and Godec made it 5-0. Barrett Chow added one, and then Jake Robertson potted one before the Zamboni came out for the first intermission, by which time the Huskies had outshot Liberty, 24-1.For Coffey and Robertson, those tallies were their first high school goals.Jordy actually had some chances (Friday) night and was a little frustrated, Defina said. He came in on a shot by Ben Godec and grabbed it. It was a pretty goal. … Jake has been a spark plug for us. Ryan (Maddux) set him up nicely, and he buried it.In another first, goalie Kalen Burnett got the win and the shutout in net.Defina split the first star between Coffey and Robertson, while giving the third to Burnett.Battle Mountain, after a light weekend of competition, will have to ramp it up quite bit next weekend. Friday night at 6, Rampart comes to Dobson. The Huskies eliminated the Rams in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in overtime last year.Were all fired up, Defina said. Weve talked about it. It goes without saying that were ready to go.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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