Cold as ice

Bulldog hockey goes 1-2-1 in weekend play


It wasn't the ending Bulldog coach Darin Hickey was hoping for.

A goal by Durango's Connor Coughlan with 13.1 seconds left in the second game of Saturday night's play gave Durango it's second 2-1 win and built its league record to 4-0.

"I think when it came down to it, we were out-played in the end," Hickey said.

The Bulldogs struck first during the second game, shoveling the puck past Durango goalie Kevin Hoy at 13:40. Tim Willis got the puck in front of the net from Joel Pomeroy and flipped it past Hoy for a 1-0 Bulldog lead.

In the second period, the Bulldogs made a surge at the end but were unable to convert on the power play, going 0-10 on the night.

Durango answered at 12:13 of the third period when a shot from Coughlin trickled past Bulldog goalie Bryce Ponikvar to tie the game, 1-1.

Coughlan scored the game winner for Durango at the end of the third period and sent his bench into a frenzy.

"I didn't even see the second goal," Ponikvar said.

What Ponikvar did get a clear look at was wave after wave of his teammates heading to the penalty box.

"The penalties killed us all night," Ponikvar said.

The Bulldogs accumulated 46:00 minutes in penalties in two games to Durango's 20:00 in the box.

Durago's coach Kirk Ruck-man said he thought the night's second game was better than the first.

"It was a little sloppy from both teams," Ruckman said of the first game.

Durango got an early edge at 13:33 of the second period and held Moffat County scoreless until 4:12 of the third.

The Bulldogs' Mike Lefler found an opening in the slot and put the puck in the net. The elation from the Bulldogs didn't last long. Nine seconds later, Durango got a rebound off Ponikvar and sealed the 2-1 victory.

Friday night

Friday, the Bulldogs traveled to Vernal, Utah, for a double header with Uintah and Vernal. The Bulldogs pulled out a 3-3 tie against Uintah and a 6-1 victory against Vernal.

Scoring for Moffat County in the first game were Bo Boatright and Joel Pomeroy.

The Bulldogs were assessed 28:00 penalty minutes in game one against Uintah and led, 3-2, until a penalty shot was awarded. Uintah forward Griffin took the shot and tied the game at the 4:47 mark. The penalty shot was given because Moffat County's Zach Beckwith was charged with checking from behind.

The second game of the night pitted the Bulldogs against Vernal, and the Bulldogs took full advantage of Vernal's short roster. They scored five of their six goals in the second period.

David Wooden had two goals for the Bulldogs.

Game notes

  • onikvar made 66 saves in 180 minutes.
  • Moffat County had two 10-minute penalties during the weekend.
  • The Bulldogs had one power play goal all weekend.

Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or

Friday, Dec. 8 Team 1 2 3 F MC 2 1 0 3 Uintah 2 1 0 3 MC 1 5 0 6 Vernal 1 0 0 1 Saturday, Dec. 9 MC 0 0 1 1 Durango 0 1 1 2 MC 1 0 0 1 Durango 0 0 2 2

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