Sunday Bulldog Hockey Club results:
Game 1 - Moffat County at Telluride
Team 1 2 3 F
Moffat County (6-5-3) 3 3 2 8
Telluride (4-11-0) 0 0 1 1
First Period - 1, MC, Dubois 3 (Criswell) 0:44. 2, MC, Forgay 4 (Baron) 3:50. 3, MC, Bangs 1 (Baron, Blevins) 11:20.
Second Period - 4, MC, Criswell 12 (Bulla) 8:10. 5, MC, Criswell 13 (unassisted) 8:59. 6, MC, Blevins 2 (Bangs) 14:58.
Third Period - 7, MC, Omailia 3 (Criswell) 1:42 (pp). 8, MC, Bangs 2 (unassisted) 4:52.
Shots on goal - Moffat County 35, Telluride 17
Game 2 - Moffat County at Telluride
Team 1 2 3 F
Moffat County (7-5-3) 1 2 5 8
Telluride (4-12-0) 1 1 1 3
First Period - 1, T, Enbring 3 (unassisted) 13:23 (sh). 2, MC, Criswell 14 (Blevins, Robinson) 14:11 (pp).
Second Period - 3, T, Broderick 1 (Zellar, Zieve) 9:19. 4, MC, Criswell 15 (unassisted) 11:56. 5, MC, Walt 5 (unassisted) 14:46.
Third Period - 6, MC, Strahan 11 (Forgay, Robinson) 0:43. 7, MC, Strahan 12 (Forgay) 2:27. 8, MC, Forgay 5 (Walt) 2:31. 9, T, Hess 1 (unassisted) 3:32 (pp). 10, MC, Stillon 2 (Walt) 11:12. 11, MC, Strahan 13 (Robinson, Forgay) 13:23
Shots on goal - Moffat County 37, Telluride 26
The Bulldogs Hockey Club's four-game winless road trip Jan. 3 at Durango prompted coach Gene Carson to send a message to his team.
With the playoffs a month away, Carson said each and every game that followed on the remaining schedule needed to be treated like their last.
His team has responded.
The Bulldogs (7-5-3 Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League) overpowered the host Telluride Lizard Heads on Sunday, 8-1 and 8-3, winning their third consecutive game since Carson's speech.
"It has definitely settled in," Carson said. "This is the real deal. The road to the playoffs started in Steamboat (a 6-3 win Jan. 7), and I think they are riding a wave of confidence right now."
To the tune of a combined 16 goals during Sunday's two-game set.
Colt Criswell tallied six points (four goals and two assists) including his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
John Strahan recorded a hat trick in Game 2, the final goal of which was his 13th of the year.
Ian Forgay scored two goals and assisted on each of Strahan's three goals.
"You've got to give credit to coach (Jerry) Strahan for that," Carson said about Forgay. "Ever since Jerry wanted to move him to the second line, from playing defense, he's really responded."
C.J. Walt tallied his fifth goal of the season, Cole Dubois his third, and Jarrod Stillon lit the lamp behind the opposition's net for the second time this season.
Carson said he was impressed by the play of Moffat County's third line.
Taylor Bangs scored his first two goals of the season, while Ethan Omailia and Jarred Blevins tallied their third and second goals, respectively, the last three games.
"That third line was called to duty," Carson said. "And they responded.
"Having them come up big for us is a great way for us to move forward."
In Game 1, the Bulldogs scored three goals in the first period, three goals in the second, and led, 8-0, before a goal by Telluride forward Luke Flosdorf with less than two minutes remaining spoiled the shutout.
Telluride (4-11 RMYHL) led, 2-1, midway through the second period of Game 2, but two goals by Moffat County in the frame's final three minutes reversed the one-goal deficit.
The Bulldogs put the Lizard Heads away with three consecutive goals at the start of the third period and added two more after Telluride scored its third.
Moffat County goaltender Spencer Wayman stopped 39 of 43 Lizard Heads shots during the doubleheader, earning his sixth and seventh wins of the season.
Jacob Blevins played with an injured right knee and tallied his second goal of the season. "That guy is as tough as a bag of hammers," Carson said about Blevins. : Forward Ty DeGuelle quit the team for personal reasons. : Nathan Tomlin missed the weekend series with a concussion. : Sean Southard didn't travel because of an injured elbow.
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