Kremmling " Cattle King Midget hockey team goes 1-0-1 against Grand Junction
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Playing on their home ice at the Chuck Lewis arena Sunday, Jan. 13, Kremmling’s Midget Major A hockey players earned a win and a tie in two hard-fought games against Grand Junction.
In the first game Sunday morning, the Cattle Kings beat their Grand Junction opponents 3-1.
After a scoreless first period, the Kremmling players picked up their play and went on the attack in the second period. The Cattle Kings finally broke through the Grand Junction defense with Andrew Sidener scoring the first goal with assists from Rory Menhennett and Matthew Johnson.
Kremmling’s possession of the lead did not last long. About a minute later, Grand Junction tied the score with a goal of its own.
The morning game’s third period proved to be decisive for the Cattle Kings. About four minutes into the period, Kremmling went once more on the attack, crashed through the defenders and broke the tie with Louis Farrell earning the goal with an assist from Sidener.
Following that goal, the Cattle Kings had to fight off a determined effort by Grand Junction to tie the score once again. Finally switching back to the offense, Kremmling secured the win with another goal this time scored by Sidener with assists from Menhennett and Johnson.
For the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Cattle Kings’ goalie Richard Gambline made 15 saves against Grand Junction.
After a break for lunch, the two teams returned to the ice of the Chuck Lewis rink Sunday afternoon. After leading for most of the game, the Cattle Kings were stunned by a strong comeback by Grand Junction that left the score tied 3-3 by game’s end.
The afternoon game opened well for the Kremmling team with the Cattle Kings taking a 1-0 lead in the first period. That goal was earned after only 2-1/2 minutes of play when Louis Farrell slammed the puck into the net off an assist from Andrew Sidener.
The Cattle Kings added to their lead with another goal in the second period. Tyler Florquist shot in the goal with assists from Farrell and Kyle Potts.
Entering the third period with a 2-0 lead, it looked as if Kremmling would coast to an easy win. But that began to change almost as soon as play began. A mere four seconds into the third period, Grand Junction made a power play that scored its first goal.
Despite that shocker, the Cattle Kings recovered quickly and went back on the attack. Almost five minutes later, they broke through to score their third goal. Rory Menhennett slapped the puck into the net to score with assists from Farrell and Potts.
But then Grand Junction kicked its offense into overdrive. Going on the attack, they scored their second goal about five minutes later and then tied the game up with their third goal before the game clock ran out.
During the second game Sunday, Kremmling’s goalie Richard Gamblin made 20 shots and 17 saves.
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