Kremmling’s Cattle King Midgets endure tough outing on Gunnison ice |

Kremmling’s Cattle King Midgets endure tough outing on Gunnison ice

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News
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Sunday, Feb. 9, was not a good day for Kremmling’s Major Midget A hockey team as it suffered back-to-back losses against Gunnison.

Played on the Jorgensen Ice Arena in Gunnison, the doubleheader saw the Cattle Kings fall to Gunnison 6-1 in the first game. After a break, the teams played a second game and once again Gunnison won, 6-2.

In the opening game Sunday morning, Kremmling drew first blood by scoring after only 1-1/2 minutes of play. Rory Menhennett earned the unassisted goal.

After that initial success by the Cattle Kings, Gunnison took control of the puck and scored five quick goals in succession before the first period ended. The second period was scoreless, but Gunnison added one more goal to its total in the third period.

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Kremmling goalie Richard Gamblin made 28 saves during Sunday’s first game.

After taking a break for lunch, the two teams returned to the ice at 2 p.m. Kremmling’s players fought hard and did better, but still lost 6-2.

As the afternoon game began, it looked as if the Cattle Kings had a real chance of winning this one. After five minutes of play, they took the lead as Rory Menhennett scored his second goal of the day. He earned it with an assist from teammate Louis Farrell.

Protecting their one-point lead for the rest of the first period, Kremmling’s players quickly added a second goal as the second period began. After about a minute of play, Matthew Johnson streaked past the defenders and slammed the puck into the net to score an unassisted goal.

Just when it looked as if the Cattle Kings were on their way, the whole game changed. Gunnison players began stepping up their attack and started penetrating Kremmling’s defense.

A flurry of shots bombarded Kremmling’s net with Gunnison scoring five goals before the second period ended. They followed it up by scoring one final goal in the third period to secure the victory.

Kremmling’s goalie Richard Gamblin made 25 saves during the Sunday afternoon game.

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