Hockey: Kremmling’s Cattle Kings Midgets hang tough with Wolfpack |

Hockey: Kremmling’s Cattle Kings Midgets hang tough with Wolfpack

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News
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Kremmling’s Midget Major A team lost a couple of close hockey games on their home ice against Crested Butte on Sunday, Jan. 20.

The Cattle Kings lost 3-2 in the first game of the doubleheader at the Chuck Lewis Ice Arena. In the second game, they lost 5-3.

In the opening game, Crested Butte took an early 2-0 lead in the first period. The second period was a defensive struggle with neither team getting close to the net.

But that began to change going into the third period because Kremmling finally got its game going. In a spectacular first play, the Cattle Kings scored only nine seconds into the period. Rory Menhennett slapped in the puck to score off assists from Kyle Potts and Louis Farrell.

Seeing their lead reduced to one point, Crested Butte battled back as Kremmling did its best to cover its net. Despite the Cattle Kings’ best efforts, their opponents finally broke through and scored their third goal 10 minutes into the final period.

But Kremmling’s players were not giving up. Going back on the attack, they scored their second goal 2-1/2 minutes later. The goal was earned by Matthew Johnson off assists from Menhennett and Potts.

The Cattle Kings kept the pressure on, but were unable to tie up the score before the clock ran out.

Kremmling’s goalie Richard Gamblin made 26 saves during Sunday’s first game.

The second game began much like the first with Crested Butte again taking a 2-0 lead after the first period. They then added two more goals in the second period.

The Cattle Kings’ scored their first goal in the second period. Louis Farrell got the puck and slammed it into the net off assists from Potts and Tyler Florquist.

Maintaining that momentum into the third period, Kremmling went back on the attack to score twice more. The first was earned by Andrew Sidener off an assist from Potts. The team’s second goal of the final period was slapped in by Potts off assists from Menhennett and Gregory Doudna.

Having reduced Crested Butte’s lead to one point, the Cattle Kings hoped to at least tie up the game before time ran out. But Crested Butte had other ideas and scored once more in the final minute of play to win the game 5-3.

Gamblin, Kremmling’s goalie, made 29 saves in Sunday’s second game.

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