Vail-Eagle Bantams go 3-1 in Arvada
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily Staff Report
The Vail-Eagle Mountaineers Bantam hockey team compiled a very respectable 3-1 record this last weekend at the Arvada Winter Festival Tournament.
The Mountaineers’ only loss came in Friday’s tournament opener to the Dallas Jr. Stars.
In Saturday morning’s game, the Mountaineers put together their best offensive performance of the season in a 7-2 rout of the Foothills Jr. Eagles. Brian Beaudin led the way with two goals, while Phil Middleton, Bjorn Bredeson, Brendan Dalbow, Karl Norris and Jacob Morrison each tallied once. Garrett Funk and Morrison each had two assists and Carter Peel got the win in goal.
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Game 3 saw more of the same, as the Mountaineers scored in every period to pull away from the Front Range Flames for a 6-2 victory. Bredeson and Middleton each scored twice and Norris and Morrison each picked up their second goals of the tournament. Grant Johnson, making his first start in goal in the tournament, picked up the win.
Sunday evening’s fourth and final pool play game saw the Mountaineers gain a measure of revenge by turning the tables on the Denver University Jr. Pioneers with an exciting 2-0 win.
DU beat the Mountaineers back in November.
Bredeson finally broke the ice with only four minutes remaining in the game off a nice goal-mouth assist from Middleton. Sixteen seconds later, after a blueline turnover by DU, Funk broke in all alone to score an insurance goal and provide the final margin of victory. Peel turned away all 16 Pioneer shots to earn the shutout.
Bantam team members are Beaudin, Middleton, Bredeson, Dalbow, Morrison, Norris, Funk, Peel, Johnson, J.D. Chambers, Mike Viera, Cotana Johnson, Ben Hymes, Max McCutcheon, Cody Byrnes, Jesse Greve and Josh Wolf. The team is coached by Darwin McCutcheon and assistants Casey Welch, Lonnie Bredeson and Sean Byrnes.
The Mountaineers return to Divide League action this coming weekend with a Saturday game in Aspen and a Sunday trip to Glenwood Springs.