Kremmling’s Cattle King Bantams win back-to-back games against Vernal
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Good news for the Kremmling’s Cattle Kings as their Bantam B hockey team won back-to-back victories last weekend.
Played at Oak Creek’s Kodiak Ice Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23, Kremmling defeated Vernal’s Bantam B team in an afternoon game 7-2 and then beat them a second time that night 6-4.
In the afternoon game, the Cattle Kings dominated the ice from start to finish. In the first period, they took a commanding 3-0 lead.
Kremmling’s first goal came after only 2-1/2 minutes of play as Travis Potts shot a pass to Jacob Hange who slammed the puck into the net to score.
Following that goal, Vernal’s players tried to tighten up on their defense, but they could not fend off the energized Cattle Kings who kept up their assault on the net. Hange made it two in a row by scoring a second unassisted goal.
With the momentum from that goal behind them, Kremmling scored again just over a minute later. Karl Olsson-Deem earned the team’s third goal with an assist from Taber Miyauchi.
Catching their breath during the short break, Vernal players returned to the ice for the second period determined to get on the scoreboard. Making a maximum effort, they finally broke through Kremmling’s defense to score after 5-1/2 minutes of play.
But Vernal did not have the chance to rejoice for long because the Cattle Kings immediately counterattacked. A minute after Vernal’s first goal, Kremmling earned its fourth as Olsson-Deem scored unassisted.
Re-energized by that goal, the Cattle Kings kept up their attack scoring two more goals before the second period ended. Hange scored the team’s fifth goal with an assist from Travis Smith. The sixth goal was made by Travis Potts off an assist by Connor Jennings.
In the third period, the Cattle Kings scored one last time. Hange earned the honors and his fourth goal of the game with an assist from Tyler Franek. Before the clock ran out, Vernal scored their second goal, but it was not enough to overcome Kremmling’s 7-2 advantage.
After a two-hour break to rest and eat dinner, the two teams returned to the ice of the Kodiak Ice Arena in Oak Creek at 8 p.m. As their play got under way, it was immediately obvious that Vernal was out for revenge because their players were much more aggressive than they had been during the afternoon game.
That aggressiveness paid off because Vernal scored first after three minutes of play. But once again, Vernal’s cheers were turned to groans as Kremmling came back 22 seconds later to tie the score 1-1. Scoring the goal for the Cattle Kings was Travis Potts, who earned it unassisted.
Thrilled by that score, Kremmling’s players sustained their offense and scored a second goal less than a minute later. Olsson-Deem slammed the puck into the net to score an unassisted goal.
Despite the Cattle Kings’ two quick goals, Vernal was far from giving up. Before the first period ended, they scored a second goal.
After a short break, the battle resumed in the second period as both teams fought hard for the puck. Finally, Kremmling’s Hange seize it, skated past a couple of defenders and slapped the puck into score. A couple of minutes later, it was Travis Potts’ turn to score with assists from Hange and Olsson-Deem.
Before the second period ended, Vernal reduced Kremmling’s lead to one point after scoring another one of their own.
With the score so close, both teams knew the third period was going to be decisive. As play began, all the players scrambled for possession of the puck.
The battle for the puck went on for four minutes until finally Kremmling’s Travis Potts seized it and shot it in a pass to Taber Miyauchi who slammed it into the net past Vernal’s goalie.
However, Kremmling’s two-point lead did not last long because Vernal immediately came back to score about a minute later.
With the final period grinding down and Kremmling still hanging onto a one-point lead, everyone realized that the team who scored next would probably determine the outcome of the game.
Fortunately for the Cattle Kings, their Derrin Weaver got the puck, evaded a defender and slammed the puck into the net to score and put the game away with Kremmling holding a 6-4 lead.
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