Youth hockey team opens season on road


The hockey season officially openend Sunday for the Craig youth hockey teams with a snowy road trip to Kremmling, Colo.

The Craig Cougars and the Craig Cubs didn't have any practice, but both teams were eager and excited to hit the ice.

The first game of the day saw the Cougars, classified as 13- and 14-year-old Bantams, face off against the Kremmling Cattle Kings.

The Cougars started off slow which was expected considering their lack of ice time, but as the period went on the Cougars started to get their ice legs back. Jordan Anthony was the first to break the scoring deadlock when he toasted the Kings goalie at the 3:50 point of the first period for an unassisted goal.

Anthony's goal sparked his team, and 40 seconds later Mike Armstrong sent one past the Kings netminder, with an unassisted goal, to take a two-goal lead.

The period ended with the Cougars on top, 2-0.

In the second period, the scrappy team from Kremmling lit the lamp four minutes into the period to pull within a goal. It would be their last goal, and the Cougars were able to hold on for the 2-1 victory. During the game the Kings outshot the Cougars, 22-17.

Game two scoring started when Nick Goodenow slid one past the Kings netminder at the 12:15 mark of the first period. Daniel Kinkaid assisted Goodenow's goal. The Kings went to the back of the net next at the 11:13 mark, and the game looked like it could be a high-scoring contest.

Mike Armstrong was next in the scoring for the Cougars when he lit the lamp at the 8:30 mark with an unassisted goal.

Winger Brendan Beachman redirected a shot in the second period that left the Kings goalie scratching his head. Beachman's goal was assisted by defenseman Jacob Wood and came at the 10:01 point of the period.

The Kings were next to score at the 4:35 mark to pull within one, 2-3.

Mike Armstrong scored his third unassisted goal of the day at the 5:30 point of the third period to boost the Cougars lead to 4-2. The Kings were not able to recover, giving the Cougars their second win of the day.

During the game the Kings tested Cougars goalie Boe Boling with 23 shots on goal while the Cougars had 20 shots on goal. (Information provided by youth hockey coach Jim Wood.)

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