Bulldogs club hockey team swept in weekend games
Results from the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s Saturday and Sunday games at Moffat County Ice Arena:
(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — final)
• Moffat County — 0 — 1 — 0 — 1
• Glenwood Springs — 0 — 2 — 1 — 3
• Moffat County — 1 — 0 — 0 — 1
• Crested Butte — 4 — 2 — 1 — 7
• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 1 — 1
• Crested Butte — 1 — 3 — 2 — 6
— Season record: 0-6
Bulldog top scorers:
(Name — goals — assists)
• Garrett Ferguson — 1 — 0
• Alfredo Lebron — 1 — 0
• Ethan O’Mailia — 1 — 0
• Cade Bangs — 0 — 1
• Ripley Bellio — 0 — 1
• Dyland Trevenen — 0 — 1
(Name — shots against — saves)
• Trent Parrott — 131 — 115
For goaltender Trent Parrott, being in the crease means seeing a lot of pucks come flying from all angles in any given game.
A trio of matches over the weekend left the Moffat County High School junior doing all he could to keep his net protected from a pair of teams that would not relent.
The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team fell in each of its three weekend games. Glenwood Springs and Crested Butte defeated the team in two Saturday matches, and the Bulldogs again lost to Crested Butte on Sunday.
The weekend started positively Saturday afternoon, when senior Alfredo Lebron scored the first goal of the game with an assist from sophomore Cade Bangs a minute into the second period.
However, the lead was short-lived, as Glenwood knocked in two goals to finish the period and one more in the third to end the game, 3-1.
Returning to the ice after a respite of several hours didn’t agree with Moffat County, with the Crested Butte Wolf Pack taking charge right away, up 4-1 by the end of the first period.
The Bulldog defense managed to slow the onslaught of shots on goal as the game progressed, but the team found it difficult to position themselves for their own attempts. Crested Butte fired 34 shots in the game compared to the Bulldogs’ 13.
Moffat County managed a single shot in the third period, but they upped their aggression against the Wolf Pack, who returned with some of their own.
Hits from both teams were prevalent throughout the game.
“It got kind of out of hand,” Bangs said.
Bangs said Crested Butte’s ability to outshoot came from getting the puck behind the goal and working from there.
“They always had somebody in the backdoor,” he said. “Our defense just let them go around and get at it.”
Parrott said the constant presence of opponents in his area helped them get the best of him.
“They just kept beating me and I was starting to get frustrated,” he said. “I was just getting down on myself. We really need to work on communication and teamwork.”
After the first match-up with Crested Butte, Parrott said he hoped he and the rest of his team could “get their act together” for the following day.
No such luck. The Sunday game was the most trying yet for the goalie, who saved 52 of 58 shots by the Wolf Pack.
The Bulldog offense also faced the same problem it had in the last two games, with only 15 shots for the day, leading to a 6-1 loss to complete the weekend.
“We had problems on both sides of the puck,” Coach Rick Villa said. “We really need to start strong and finish strong on offense and defense.”
The team’s record now stands at 0-6.
Villa said his team’s defense was part of the problem in recent losses, but making the most of possessions is just as important.
“What we really need to work on for the season is puck control and positioning,” Villa said.
The Bulldogs will face Glenwood (5-4-1) again on Jan. 21.