Box scores from the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s games Saturday and Sunday in Glenwood Springs:
(1st — 2nd — 3rd — final)
• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0
• Glenwood — 3 — 4 — 2 — 9
• Moffat County — 2 — 6 — 0 — 8
• Grand Valley — 1 — 1 — 1 — 3
• Moffat County — 1 — 2 — 1 — 4
• Grand Valley — 0 — 1 — 1 — 2
• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0
• Glenwood — 0 — 1 — 1 — 2
— Season record: 2-8
Bulldog leading scorers:
(Name — goals — assists)
• Conner Pogline — 3 — 1
• Thyne Riley — 2 — 3
• Cade Bangs — 2 — 2
• Brenden Spencer — 1 — 2
(Name — shots against — saves)
• Trent Parrott — 150 — 134
The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team went into Glenwood Springs over the weekend with a 0-6 record.
The Bulldogs already had lost to Glenwood twice earlier in the season, and after the first of four games on Saturday, a 9-0 loss to Glenwood, Moffat County looked to fall even further behind in the standings.
But, the Bulldogs bounced back in the next game against Grand Valley to notch their first win of the season, 8-3.
On Sunday, Moffat County again beat Grand Valley, 4-2, before playing their closest game against Glenwood in a 2-0 loss.
“I thought we played well in Glenwood,” senior forward Wyatt Villa said Wednesday. “The first game didn’t go to well for us, but once we got the two wins over Grand Valley, our next game against Glenwood we stepped up and probably played our best game of the season.”
The Bulldogs (2-8) hadn’t played since Dec. 18, so Villa said the 9-0 loss to Glenwood was a combination of rust and not being focused.
However, knowing they would face them on Sunday, Villa said the team just tried to get a score and find a weakness in Glenwood.
“They were really hitting us aggressively early, so that kind of shut us down,” he said. “But we were just looking to score so we could find a way to beat the defense and get past the goalie.”
Grand Valley struck first on Saturday against Moffat County, but the Bulldogs responded with eight consecutive goals spread over the first and second periods.
Thyne Riley and Conner Pogline each scored twice in the game.
Villa said the Grand Valley’s goal surprised the Bulldogs, but they knew they had to get a win to stay in the hunt for the Frozen Four.
“We knew we had to do something big to get back in the game,” he said. “We were able to get a lot more shots off and we kept it out of our defensive zone and won more face-offs.
“It felt great to get our first win and we just clicked together finally.”
In the second game against Grand Valley, the Bulldogs didn’t waste any time in jumping out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Villa and Sarah White.
Villa said the Bulldogs played great, but suffered offensively from nine penalties the team accumulated throughout the game.
“Grand Valley really wanted to come back and get a win, so we had to make sure we took it at them,” he said. “They broke the puck out better and penalties hurt us, but we showed up again on defense.”
After two victories, Villa said the Bulldogs went into their final game against Glenwood with the right mindset.
And while it was still a loss, he said they played a tough game against one of the better teams in the state.
“Offensively, we were able to get more shots off instead of just a couple and falling back to play defense,” he said. “On defense, we covered the back door and just beat them to the puck most of the time in our zone.”
The Bulldogs go back on the road to play Crested Butte and Durango/Telluride on Saturday and Sunday in Crested Butte.
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