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Kremling: Cattle King Squirts off to a rough start

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

The Kremmling Squirt C hockey team has gotten its season off to a rocky start.

In their first games held in December, the Cattle Kings Squirts lost four games and tied one.

A factor in these results is that the Kremmling team has had to deal with limited practice time because of the lack of ice on its home rink, the Chuck Lewis Ice Arena at the Red Mountain Sports Complex. It was not until last week that the team held its first practice of the season at the arena.

The Kremmling Squirt C team is led this season by head coach Ron Cousineau and assistant coach Frank Culbreath. The team’s roster includes: Bode Culbreath, Ryan Robinson, Jacob Bentler, Wesley Killinen, Sawyer Cousineau, Logan Miyauchi, Wyatt Killinen and Tori Robinson.

The Cattle Kings’ Squirts opened their season Friday, Dec. 7, in an away game in Vernal, Utah. Taking on the host Vernal Squirts C team, the Kremmling players lost by a lopsided 10-1 score.

In the first period, Vernal jumped out to a commanding 5-0 lead. The Utah players then added three more unanswered goals in the second period and two more in the third period.

It was not until late in the third period that the Cattle Kings got on the scoreboard. The single goal was scored by Jacob Bentler off an assist from Logan Miyauchi.

Kremmling’s goalie Bode Culbreath made 14 saves during the game.

After a night’s rest, the Cattle Kings’ Squirts returned to the ice at Vernal’s arena Saturday, Dec. 8, determined to play better. They lost again, but this time by a score of 11-4.

As the game got under way, Kremmling earned the first goal. It was scored unassisted by Jacob Bentler who charged in and slammed the punk hard into the net.

The Cattle Kings’ defense held firm for about four minutes before a Vernal player made a shot that scored and tied up the game. But Kremmling regained the lead 19 seconds later when Sawyer Cousineau shot the puck in off an assist from Bentler.

Despite this strong start by Kremmling, Vernal was even more determined to win on its home ice. Before the first period ended, Vernal scored twice more and then followed it with four more unanswered goals in the second period.

Trailing 7-2 as the third period began, the Cattle Kings were not giving up. Within the first 12 seconds, Logan Miyauchi earned an unassisted goal.

Vernal retaliated for that goal with four more of its own. Before the game clock ran out, Kremmling got back on the scoreboard once more. Miyauchi made his second unassisted goal of the game.

Bode Culbreath, the Cattle Kings’ goalie, made 22 saves in the second Vernal game.

Moffat County Ice Arena

On Friday, Dec. 21, the Kremmling Squirts traveled to Craig’s Moffat County Ice Arena where they took on the host team. Despite a strong effort in the third period, the Cattle Kings fell 6-3.

Craig dominated the first couple of periods, scoring once in the first and twice in the second. They looked like they were on their way to an easy victory until the third period when Kremmling’s Logan Miyauchi pushed his game into overdrive.

Less than two minutes into the final period, Miyauchi scored his first goal. Not quite a minute later, he narrowed the score to 3-2 by scoring a second unassisted goal.

Stunned by this turn of events, Craig picked up its own game, scoring two more goals. But Miyauchi was on a roll and scored his third goal of the third period about 30 seconds later.

Trailing by two points, Kremmling tried to keep the momentum created by Miyauchi going, but was unable to. Craig scored once more before the game ended.

The Cattle Kings’ goalie Bode Culbreath made 33 saves during the Craig game.

Still at Craig on Saturday, Dec. 22, the Kremmling team played another two games at the Moffat County Ice Arena. One was a tie while the second game was a loss.

In the first game, Kremmling faced Oak Creek. When the dust finally settled, the contest ended in a 6-6 tie.

Oak Creek quickly took a two-point lead as the game opened, but the Cattle Kings came storming back late in the first period to tie it up. Kremmling’s first goal was scored unassisted by Sawyer Cousineau. The second was another unassisted goal by Logan Miyauchi.

Entering the second period, the scoring momentum was definitely with the Cattle Kings who took a strong lead after scoring three more goals to Oak Creek’s one.

Kremmling’s first goal was by Cousineau off an assist from Jacob Bentler. The second was an unassisted score by Cousineau, followed shortly later by the third goal by Miyauchi who scored unassisted.

But the scoring momentum ran out of steam as the third period began and Oak Creek made a strong comeback to take over the lead with three more goals. Just when it looked as if Kremmling might lose this game, Bentler charged in and slammed the puck into the net to tie up the score 6-6 before the game ended.

Bode Culbreath, Kremmling’s goalie, made 16 saves during the game against Oak Creek.

In Saturday’s second game in Craig, the Cattle Kings found themselves in a rematch with that same tough Vernal Squirts team. And the results were similar to their previous encounter with Vernal winning by the lopsided score of 9-1.

Vernal dominated most of the play, scoring two goals in the first period, three in the second and four in the third. Kremmling finally got on the scoreboard late in the third period as Jacob Bentler slapped the puck into the net off an assist from Logan Miyauchi.

Kremmling’s goalie, Bode Culbreath, made 16 saves during the game against Vernal.


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