The Craig Red Dogs men's hockey team advanced to the semifinal round of the postseason Saturday night, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat KBCR, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the Sunday Night League hockey championships.
Trailing, 3-1, at the end of the second period, two goals by defensemen Jim Neton tied the game and a shorthanded goal by Mike Armstrong put the Dogs up one. KBCR re-tied the game moments later, but Colt Criswell scored the game-winner with 10 seconds left on the clock.
With the win, Craig (6-8-2) faces the No. 1 seed Bruins (10-6) at 5:45 p.m. Friday in Steamboat Springs.
Coach Jim Neton said staying alive in the postseason is what playing hockey is all about.
"It's a lot like any other league or competition when, all of a sudden, it becomes, 'You lose and you're done,'" he said. "The mental attitude gets tougher, and guys skate a little harder for loose pucks. Even though it's a men's league and there's a various assortment of guys and talent level and skill level, everyone just skates a lot harder."
The Red Dogs and Bruins split the regular season two-game set, with each team winning at home. Steamboat won, 3-2, Jan. 4, while the Red Dogs came away with an 8-7 victory Feb. 22.
March 7: vs. KBCR (in Steamboat) - W 5-4
Thursday: vs. Bruins (in Steamboat), 5:45 p.m.
Sunday: League championship game (in Steamboat), 5:30 p.m.
Ewes sweep weekend road trip, playoffs next
The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team swept its season-ending two-game road trip Saturday and Sunday, closing the regular season on a three-game winning streak and clinching the second seed when the postseason begins April 3 in Eagle.