Bulldogs club hockey team drops weekend games

Box scores

Box score from the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s games Feb. 5 and 6:

Saturday, Feb. 5:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — Final)

Moffat — 0 — 0 — 1 — 1

Crested Butte — 2 — 3 — 2 — 7

Moffat — 1 — 1 — 0 — 2

Gunnison — 4 — 2 — 2 — 8

Sunday, Feb. 6:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — Final)

Moffat — 0 — 1 — 0 — 1

Gunnison — 3 — 6 — 0 — 9

Moffat — 1 — 1 — 0 — 2

Crested Butte — 3 — 1 — 1 — 5

Top performers

Leading Bulldog scorers:

(Name — goals — assist — total)

• Nathan Tomlin — 3 — 1 — 4

• Dyland Trevenen — 1 — 2 — 3

Goalie statistics:

(Name — saves — goals)

• Trent Parrott — 118 — 29

The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team knew it would be a tough weekend facing two of the top three teams in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League.

Gunnison and Crested Butte lived up to their first and third rankings, respectively, sweeping the Bulldogs in doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

Still, Bulldogs coach Mark Bangs said his team played as well as he thought they would.

“I thought the team did really well over the weekend,” Bangs said. “Those are two of the best teams in the league and we had a few moments of brilliance on the ice.”

The Bulldogs fell to Crested Butte 7-1 on Saturday and 5-1 on Sunday. Gunnison picked up an 8-2 victory over Moffat County on Saturday and a 9-1 win on Sunday.

Bangs said his team had good opportunities in front of the net, but were a little slow to pull the trigger.

“Sometimes, it was a split second too late and they didn’t have a shot anymore,” he said. “They did good in the passing game and just missed some opportunities.”

In the second game against Crested Butte, Bangs said the Bulldogs played a close game, trailing 1-0 at the end of the first period, but couldn’t keep control of the puck late.

Defensively, Bangs said he felt his team held their own.

“Occasionally we would have both defenders on one side, so we need to work on keeping separation, but we played solid defense,” he said. “The guys know what they have to work on moving forward.”

In the four games, Nathan Tomlin led the Bulldogs in points with three goals and one assist. Dyland Trevenen had three points with one goal and two assist.

Goalie Trent Parrott had a combined 118 saves and allowed 29 goals in the four games.

Bangs said Tomlin and fellow center Bubba Ivers stepped up, as the team was missing four players due to prior commitments and illness.

“Tomlin or Ivers was on the ice every other shift to make up for missing players,” he said. “They did a great job coordinating the other players and getting them involved.”

Bangs said the Gunnison games were exceptionally tough because their players know hockey well.

“Gunnison plays more games a year, so they get their game down tight,” he said. “While we usually only get two practices a week, they practice, most of the time, five days a week.

“They just know where to push our team to get through.”

Bangs said the Bulldogs are looking forward to the playoffs with only one game left in the season, a match-up against Steamboat on Feb. 17.

“Heading into the playoffs, we just have to get our team to play strategy in breakouts,” he said. “The players panic sometimes and try to rush things by making bad passes, and that is something we need to work on to extend our season.”

The Bulldogs hope to get some scrimmages in with the Craig men’s hockey team, the Red Dogs, or with opposing league teams Kremmling and Steamboat Springs in preparation for the playoffs on Feb. 25.

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