Bulldogs drop doubleheader in Gunnison

Saturday Bulldog Hockey Club results

•Game 1 - Moffat County at Gunnison A

Moffat County (4-4-1): 0 (1st), 0 (2nd), 0 (3rd), 0 (final)

Gunnison A (9-1-1): 1 (1st), 0 (2nd), 0 (3rd), 1 (final)

Individual scoring:

First Period - 1, G, Seidel 7 (Schumaker) 5:05.

Second Period - none

Third Period - none

Shots on goal - Moffat County 20, Gunnison A 36

• Game 2 - Moffat County at Gunnison A

Moffat County (4-5-1): 2 (1st), 0 (2nd), 0 (3rd), 2 (final)

Gunnison A (10-1-1): 0 (1st), 2 (2nd), 1 (3rd), 3 (final)

Individual scoring:

First Period - 1, MC, Forgay 2 (Baron) 2:50. 2, MC, Criswell 8 (unassisted) 12:38.

Second Period - 3, G, McGuinness 19 (unassisted) 9:40. 4, G, McGuinness 20 (Schumaker) 9:52.

Third Period - 5, G, Schumaker 9 (McGuinness, Turner) 13:03.

Shots on goal - Moffat County 25, Gunnison A 27

— Flying high after its Dec. 13 victory against league powerhouse Durango, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club was grounded Saturday night in Gunnison.

The Bulldogs (4-5-1 Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League) fell, 1-0 and 3-2 to the Red in a doubleheader at Jorgensen Ice Arena.

"It definitely wasn't from a lack of effort," Moffat County coach Gene Carson said. "We made all the right moves; we just didn't get it done."

Bulldog goalie Spencer Wayman was as sharp as he's been all season in Game 1, stopping 35 Gunnison shots, but it would prove to be one save too few.

"Spence played unconscious out there," Carson said. "If not for him, it could have easily been three or four to nothing."

The Red (10-1-1 RMYHL) slid a puck past Wayman 5:05 into the first period and clamped down defensively from there.

Moffat County thought they had tied the game midway through the second period, but the goal was waived off by officials who ruled the puck went in off a Bulldogs player's skate.

Kevin Stanley stopped 20 Bulldogs shots to earn his third shutout victory of the season.

The Bulldogs adjusted by the time the puck was dropped in Game 2.

Ian Forgay - who played defense in Game 1 - was moved to winger in the second contest and immediately responded to the change to offense.

Jacob Blevins fed Forgay 2:50 into the first period, ending the Bulldogs' nearly 50-minute scoring drought.

"Ian drew first blood for us," Carson said. Assistant coach Walker Criswell and assistant coach Jerry Strahan "came up with the switch, and it worked out really well for us."

Moffat County took a two goal lead with less than three minutes left in the frame, scoring his eighth goal of the season unassisted.

"Criswell deposited one of those wicked wrist shots, and we had a good lead," Carson said. "But Gunnison answered."

Shane McGuinness - Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League's leading scorer - found the back of the Bulldog net twice in 12 seconds, tying the game in the second period.

The Red had stolen the momentum entering the third, putting the game away on Luke Schumacher's ninth goal of the season.

"We just went flat," Carson said about losing the two goal lead. "We started playing soft and got complacent."

The doubleheader sweep put Gunnison A two games up on Durango (8-1-1) and moved the Bulldogs below .500 for the first time this season.

But, hopefully, not for long.

Moffat County faces Gunnison B (2-5) in a Sunday doubleheader, beginning at 10 a.m.

"We certainly need to be above .500 when we leave here," Carson said. "But, there is no reason to think the B team is going to be any less trouble."

Notes:

Bulldog backup goalie Curtis Ellgen is sick and had to miss the four game road trip. : Forgay has played three games on offense (two nonleague) tallying three goals and five assists while skating on the front line. : Defensemen Nick Bulla - who was suspended 60 days for a slash - is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday at Steamboat Springs.

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