State champs: Davis lifts Huskies to title in OT
Battle Mountain brings it home
Hunter Davis, you beautiful human, you.
Like Matteau, Matteau, Matteau, just scream it, Huskies, fans, Davis. Davis, DAVIS.
Battle Mountain’s Hunter Davis scored 2:13 into overtime as the Huskies got their revenge against Crested Butte, beating the Titans, 5-4, for the 4A state title Thursday night at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
Just say it a few times to get used to it. The program has waited 20 years to say it: The Battle Mountain Huskies are the 4A state champions at long last.
And, yes, Battle Mountain finally won in overtime in the state-title after devastating extra-time losses in 2002 and 2006. This feels a lot better, no?
“It’s incredible,“ said Huskies coach Derek Byron, who was on that 2006 team that lost in OT. “For me, it’s the ultimate. It’s not just for this team, but for everyone who ever put on a Huskies’ sweater. For us to get it done finally, it’s for the community and all of us.”
For the record, Jensen Rawlings did his captainly duty, accepting the trophy at center ice.
“It was incredible,” Rawlings said. “It was an amazing feeling to turn around and see the boys whom you’ve battled with, worked with, gone through everything with. To turn around and lift that trophy is probably the greatest feeling in the world.”
We’re not going to argue that.
Battle Mountain trailed late in regulation, 4-3, and it was looking like a Logan Gremmer goof would be the decider. Early in the first period, Crested Butte’s Matthew Solanik appeared to be dumping the puck into the Huskies’ end for some traditional dump-and-chase.
Except the shot was on net and Gremmer completely whiffed with his glove. This is where the strange thing happens to Battle Mountain in a title game and everything goes to heck.
Gremmer and the Huskies stabilized and kept in a game that was probably more of a back-and-forth affair than some expected for a championship game.
“Logan is definitely one of the best goalies in the state,” Davis said. “We know that when he’s calm, there’s no stopping him. We believed in him no matter what.”
Apparently, though, the hockey gods have a sense of humor. With exactly 7:00 left in regulation, Rawlings was attempting to get into the Titans zone, and was clobbered by two Titans. He got the shot/dump-in off and, well, it went in, too, for a 4-4 tie.
“I never saw it go in,” Jensen said of the best hits he ever took. “To be honest, I saw I had a couple of guys coming in and I wasn’t going to be able to get through them. I was half-dumping the puck in, and half trying to put it on the net. You never know.”
No, you don’t.
Stipulating that Davis scored biggest goal in Battle Mountain hockey history, it really wasn’t a pretty one.
Yep, it was a garbage goal.
“Somebody shot the puck,” Davis said. “It bounced off (the goalie’s) pads and I just chipped it in. When I saw it just go over his shoulder, I just went straight to Logan to celebrate.”
Ironically, Wyatt Horn, as of press time, was being credited with the goal in overtime. In fairness to Horn, while he didn’t score the game-winner, he did have two in regulation, while Tyler Knox also scored at state-title goal.
This Battle Mountain’s first state title since girls’ skiing in 2019 and the first for a school in a sport with a projectile since boys’ soccer in 2012.