Conner Pogline tries to get the puck out of the corner Saturday night against an onslaught of Gunnison Blades’ defenders. The Craig Youth Hockey bantam Cougars lost for the first time this season, 4-0, to the Blades.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Conner Pogline tries to get the puck out of the corner Saturday night against an onslaught of Gunnison Blades’ defenders. The Craig Youth Hockey bantam Cougars lost for the first time this season, 4-0, to the Blades.

Cougars youth hockey team falls to Blades

Box score

Craig Youth Hockey bantam vs. Gunnison Blades game at Moffat County Ice Arena

Team 1st period 2nd period 3rd period Final

Craig Cougars 0 0 0 0

Gunnison Blades 1 2 1 4

After having already won its first game of the day against Grand Valley, the Craig Youth Hockey bantam Cougars weren’t able to capitalize on the momentum against the Gunnison Blades.

Playing Saturday night at the Moffat County Ice Arena, the Cougars fell, 4-0, to the Blades.

Goalie Trent Parrott said the team was tired after defeating the Grand Valley Mavericks, 5-4, earlier Saturday.

“I thought we played about the same we have all season,” he said. “We were just tired, I guess.”

The first period featured tough, defensive hockey.

Neither team scored until Gunnison took advantage of a five-on-four, and snuck a goal in with 1:12 left to play in the first.

Gunnison didn’t waste time adding to its total, scoring 32 seconds into the second period, again on a five-on-four.

Craig was able to play solid defense for most of the second period, but with 3:27 left, Gunnison connected off a rebound and stretched its lead to 3-0.

The Cougars were threatening to end the shutout in the third period, spending most of the period in Gunnison territory.

But the Blades were able to get in one last goal to end the scoring, 4-0.

The Cougars took 21 shots and Parrott had 26 saves, but Gunnison was able to capitalize on power plays and rebounds.

Coach Jason Porter said the Cougars’ defense was worn down from the game against the Mavericks.

“Our zone defense wasn’t that good,” he said. “We had to chase the puck a lot. Gunnison is a good team, and our defensive breaks cost us.”

The loss dropped the Cougars to 7-1 for the season.

Porter said the Cougars have a strong team this year.

“We have a lot of weapons,” he said. “We just need to figure out how to put them to the best use.”

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