Hockey: Kremmling’s Cattle King Bantams sweep doubleheader against Crested Butte
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In two hard-fought games, Kremmling’s Bantam B hockey team emerged the victor against Crested Butte at Oak Creek’s Kodiak Ice Arena on Saturday, March 1.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Cattle Kings whipped Crested Butte’s Bantam B team by a score of 4-2. After a break of a few hours, the two teams returned for the second game where Kremmling’s players won by a score of 3-2.
As the first game got under way Saturday morning, the Cattle Kings wasted little time.
Going immediately on the attack, they scored after only 13 seconds of play with Jacob Hange slamming the puck into the net off assists from teammates Travis Potts and Taber Miyauchi.
Surprised but undaunted by that quick score, Crested Butte fought back to score their own goal 6-1/2 minutes later. But the 1-1 tie did not last long as Kremmling retaliated by scoring before the first period ended. Cannon Murray earned the team’s second goal with an assist from Potts.
The second period began as a defensive battle between the two teams. The break came midway through the period when Crested Butte penetrated Kremmling’s defense to make a goal and re-tie the score 2-2.
As hard as they tried, the Cattle Kings had no luck scoring in the remaining minutes of the second period, but left the payback to the third period. In that final period, they scored twice more while shutting down Crested Butte’s attempt upon their net.
Kremmling’s third goal came about five minutes into the third period when Potts passed the puck to Connor Jennings who beat the goalie to score.
The Cattle Kings’ fourth goal of the morning game was earned seconds before the end of regulation play when Tyler Franek slapped the puck into the net off an assist from Miyauchi.
Maura Hartley, Kremmling’s goalkeeper, had a good game, making 14 saves.
After resting for a few hours, the Kremmling and Crested Butte players returned to the ice at 6:30 p.m. to play their second game under the lights of the Kodiak Ice Arena.
Once again, both teams fought hard, but the Cattle Kings ended up the winner 3-2.
In almost an identical repeat of the start of the first game, Kremmling’s players rocketed into the attack and scored in the opening seconds. Travis Potts scored that first goal with assists from teammates Jacob Hange and Taber Miyauchi.
While taken by surprise for a second time, Crested Butte immediately counterattacked, putting pressure on the Cattle Kings’ net with shot after shot. Finally one hit home to tie the score 1-1 just short of three minutes into the first period.
After that goal, the game settled into a defensive struggle. No shots even came close to the nets until late in the second period when Kremmling’s Hange slipped past the defenders to slap in a goal with assists from Joe Rupp and Connor Jennings.
Going into the third period with a one-point lead, the Cattle Kings hoped to polish off the contest easily, but Crested Butte’s players had other ideas. After only a minute of play, they broke through Kremmling’s defense to slam the puck into the net to tie up the score.
Faced with the prospect of the game ending in either a tie or possibly even a loss, Kremmling’s players renewed their efforts and went back on the offense. It paid off because 3-1/2 minutes later, Potts saw his opportunity and shot the puck into the net to score after getting an assist from Miyauchi.
Kremmling goalie Maura Hartley had another good game, making 11 saves.
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