Playing Sunday in Grand Junction, the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team lost its first two league games of the season.
Facing a tough Grand Valley Mavericks team, the Bulldogs lost the first game, 5-3.
The Bulldogs gave up one empty-net goal at the end of the game, but appeared sluggish from the onset, coach Jerry Strahan said.
“We weren’t very aggressive,” he said. “We also had some kids who have missed some practices, and that hurt us.”
The team’s biggest problem was a lack of scoring, Strahan said.
“We’ve been scoring in the two- to three-goal range, and I think that’s enough,” he said. “Our first line has been scoring, but we don’t have enough depth.”
In the second game, the team fell behind, 4-1, after one period.
The Bulldogs were able to close the gap to 4-2 after the second period, but Grand Valley pulled ahead to win, 5-2.
Grand Valley is among the leaders in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League.
Moffat County swept Durango on Dec. 13 to begin league play, then toppled Crested Butte twice Dec. 20 at home.
The two weekend losses gave the Bulldogs a 4-2 record on the year.
The team’s next game will be Jan. 17 in Kremmling.
Between now and then, Strahan said he might experiment with changing lines to give the team an offensive spark.
“We’re not scoring enough, so we’ll have to make changes,” he said. “We’ll get out and work hard, and we have two weeks to implement any changes.”
Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.