The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s Jarret Walt advances the puck into his opponent’s territory Thursday against Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs allowed three shots on goal in a 5-0 victory.

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The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s Jarret Walt advances the puck into his opponent’s territory Thursday against Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs allowed three shots on goal in a 5-0 victory.

Bulldogs hockey shuts out Steamboat in 5-0 win

Fast start and line changes lend to victory

Box score from the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s game against Steamboat Springs:

(Team 1st 2nd 3rd Final)

Moffat 3 1 1 5

Kremmling 0 0 0 0

Leading Bulldog scorers:

(Name, goals, assist, total)

M. Samuelson 0 3 3

N. Bulla 1 1 2

C. Walt 0 2 2

J. Walt 2 0 2

Goalie statistics:

(Name, saves, goals)

T. Parrott 3, 0

The first period has been a sore subject for the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team as of late.

In the Bulldogs’ last six games, the team had been outscored 15-1 in the opening period.

The first period lull, however, wasn’t in effect in the Bulldogs’ Thursday game against Steamboat.

The Bulldogs started strong with three goals in the first period and never looked back, beating Steamboat 5-0 at the Moffat County Ice Arena.

Kevin Oxley, an assistant coach for the team, said the Bulldogs came out wanting to win.

“We have had a hard time putting things together in the beginning of games,” Oxley said. “Against Steamboat, we were able to get the job done early and played hard with some big shots.”

The deficit the team has faced after the first period hasn’t always spelled the end, however, as Moffat County has a record of 3-3 in its six games prior to Steamboat.

Oxley said the record was not an accident.

“In practice, we work on passing, catching the pass, shooting and scoring,” he said. “It has worked for us late in games, but we finally got it going in the beginning.”

In the Bulldogs’ zone, the team’s defense was able to all but eliminate Steamboat’s offense, as their opponent had just three shots on goal, all of which goalie Trent Parrott saved.

“Defensively, we moved the puck and shut down Steamboat,” Oxley said. “We kept the puck moving and kept it out of our zone.”

Oxley said the team has had problems lately with breaking the puck out from their zone, but was able to effectively against Steamboat.

While Steamboat was down numerous players, Oxley said his team’s ability to play as a unit paid off.

“No one went on the ice with cold feet,” he said. “Everyone played together and from the opening face off, they played hard.”

To help get the Bulldogs out of some of their mistakes, Oxley said he and the other coaches switched up lines.

“By switching up the lines, we wanted to change the personnel in each group,” he said. “It has proved to be a winning combination thus far.”

Jarret Walt scored two goals for the Bulldogs, and Nick Bulla, Bubba Ivers and Jarred Blevins each had one goal for the team.

As the Bulldogs move into the home stretch of their season, the team will play two double headers Saturday and Sunday in Gunnison against Gunnison and Crested Butte.

In the team’s last double-header against Gunnison, they lost 15-0 in the first game before rebounding and playing in a tough 5-1 loss in the second game.

Oxley said his players would have to be ready mentally for Gunnison.

“The team will have to have their heads on right,” he said. “Gunnison has always been tough, so our mentality will have to be right this go around.”

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