Craig The Moffat County Bulldog hockey club is streaking.
Winners of four straight Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League games entering the contest against rival Steamboat Springs, the Bulldogs had outscored the opposition, 27-2.
The Bulldogs, 5-0 in league play, kept up their winning ways Wednesday, dispatching the visiting Sailors, 4-1, at the Moffat County Ice Arena.
"I feel like we just played a good team," coach Jim Hall said. "Our defense was stellar again. (Spencer) Wayman did an awesome job."
Wayman was in goal Wednesday, and the Bulldogs' net minder nearly came away with his second shutout of the season.
The Sailors' lone goal of the evening came with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
"It was a fair game," said Steamboat coach Mike McGlone, whose team is now 1-1 in league play. "Their goalie played out of his mind tonight. He shut us down."
The Bulldogs' defense surrendered 32 shots to the Sailors, but the visitors had troubles getting the puck past Wayman.
"I'm just happy with the win," Wayman said of missing the shutout. "Shutouts are just numbers."
Colt Criswell led off the scoring for the Bulldogs for the second consecutive game. The speedy winger broke down the right side of the ice, blowing by Steamboat defenders, depositing a right-handed wrist shot past the Sailors goalie for a 1-0 Bulldogs lead.
John Strahan put the Bulldogs up two goals, blasting a wrister past the Sailors defense from a nice feed from T.J. Anderson.
Moffat County held the two-goal lead into the third period, until the Bulldogs struck again.
Cole DuBois evaded two Steamboat defenders, depositing a backhand shot for a goal, and Scott Smith scored with less than two minutes remaining, for the final margin of victory.
"It feels really good to win like this," DuBois said. "I didn't expect us to win this much. Now we are starting to expect to win. It's great."
The Bulldogs face off against Kremmling Saturday in a double header at the Moffat County Ice Arena.
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