Vail Valley hockey: Huskies get wild win at Pueblo
Vail, CO Colorado
PUEBLO – All year Battle Mountain hockey has been searching for its offense.
The good news is that Huskies found it. The bad news is that they seem to have temporarily misplaced their defense.
It all evened out in the wash Monday as Battle Mountain won a 9-7 barn-burner at Pueblo County to move to 10-5-3 overall and 7-3-2 in the Peak Conference.
The Huskies came out flying early, with Bergen Tjossem getting the scoring started just two minutes in on an assist from Connor Tedstrom.
Tedstrom then put the Huskies up 2-0 on the power play with assists going to Jack Sunderland and Mike Jones. Miguel Rodriguez then made a great play out of the corner, setting up Sunderland, who finished off with a nifty backhand for the 3-0 lead, and put an end to the evening for Hornet goalie Jake Rapier, who was replaced by Kyle Thilmany.
The change in goal seemed to give the Hornets some life, and they put two quick goals in before the end of the first period, including a great individual effort from Hornets forward Ryan Barnes on a breakaway.
The second period started out slow, but Barnes tied the score halfway through, and what looked like an easy game for the Huskies was suddenly tied at three. Less than two minutes later, Sunderland put home his second of the night, to give the Huskies a 4-3 lead going into the third period.
That third period would turn out to be a wild ride, with nine goals to be scored between the two teams, a stark contrast to the low scoring games the Huskies have been playing of late. Summers Baker put home a power play goal, Ryan Barry added another, and the Huskies had that three-goal lead back. But the Hornets would not quit, putting in four-straight goals, including two by Thomas Pankey, to give the Hornets a 7-6 lead with less than 6 minutes to play.
The Hornets then got undisciplined, taking two late penalties, and giving the Huskies streaking power play – 4-for-8 on the evening – a chance to get back in the game. Sunderland completed his hat trick, from Jones and Tedstrom. Then with less than two minutes to play, Otto Jordan banged home a rebound of a Sunderland shot, and the Huskies incredibly had regained the lead, 8-7.
Sunderland ended a terrific night, netting his fourth goal of the evening into an empty net.
The Huskies finish up the regular season Friday night, hosting Valor Christian at Dobson Arena at 6. It is Senior Night Friday, when 11 players will be playing their final regular season game at Dobson.
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