Bulldogs claw through Oak Creek

Criswell goal pushes unbeaten streak to 14


— Tied at two goals apiece, with a little more than 1 minute remaining in the first game of a double-header, the Moffat County Hockey Club found itself in a precarious position.

The Bulldogs (13-0-1 overall, 7-0 Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League) have led each game they've played, averaging nearly seven goals per contest.

"We started to feel a sense of urgency when we were down," captain Scott Smith said. "We wanted to keep our streak alive."

Host Oak Creek's open-air rink, combined with muggy temperatures, provided Moffat County a tough time while it attempted to break the defensive riddle of the Kodiaks.

Junior Colt Criswell ended up providing the answer Moffat County needed. With 1 minute, 9 seconds remaining, Criswell blasted a wrist shot into the net for the game-winning goal, in the Bulldogs 3-2 game one victory.

Moffat County started the contest slow, trailing 1-0 at the end of the first period.

The Bulldogs turned it on from there, out-shooting the Kodiaks (0-3 overall, 0-3 RMYHL) 36-22.

"We moved the puck well considering the flat start," coach Gene Carson said. "They outplayed us for awhile, but we turned it on in the third when it counted."

With 20 seconds remaining in the second game, the lights in the arena malfunctioned with Moffat County leading, 4-1, causing a delay and eventually a conclusion, to the double header.

Criswell scored his 15th goal of the season. Smith added his 14th, after a two-game slump.

Ty DeGuelle, Bryce Ponikvar, Jacob Barron and Joel Pomeroy accounted for the rest of Moffat County's scoring.

"We played with more sense of urgency in the second game," Carson said. "Oak Creek took us off our game at first. The kids didn't like it, so they came back and took it to them."


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