Craig sports briefs for Feb. 13, 2012: Squirt hockey goes 1-1 in road games

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— The Craig Cougars squirt (10 and under) hockey team played two road games last weekend, finishing the trip 1-1 and improving to 4-7 on the season.

The Cougars started off with a big win over the Pueblo Panthers on Saturday, winning 6-0. Joseph Neal, the team’s leading scorer, had a game to remember, putting in four goals and assisting on another goal.

Kale Beckett had the Cougars’ other two goals on the day. The team out-shot Pueblo 22-11. Goalie Jack Doane stopped all 11 shots that came his way.

In the team's second game, Craig squared off against the league-leading Colorado Junior Eagles. They lost 6-1. Neal had Craig’s lone goal on an assist from Clay Durham, giving him 26 on the season, most in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League.

The Junior Eagles lead the CDYHL standings with 20 points, while the Cougars are now ninth with eight points.

Second session of Craig pool league under way

The Billiards Congress of America pool league in Craig started its spring session Sunday and Monday. There are still open slots for anyone looking to join.

The league gives players the opportunity to represent the community in a national tournament in Las Vegas during the summer. The winter session, which began in November, finished its playoffs recently, with six teams moving on to the city championships in June.

Six more teams (three from each league) will have the chance to play at the city championships as well. Matches are played each week beginning at 5 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Mondays.

For more information, visit the league website at www.craigbca.weebly.com or call Jolene Walls at 620-0056.

Game-time change for Moffat County vs. Roaring Fork basketball

The start times have changed for Moffat County High School’s home basketball games against Roaring Fork on Saturday.

Originally scheduled for earlier in the day, the games have moved to the afternoon as a result of each team’s travel schedules. Both varsity games will have a major impact on the final Western Slope League Class 3A standings.

The games will kick off at 1 p.m. with the girls junior varsity (originally scheduled for 11 a.m.). Boys JV (2:30 p.m.), girls varsity (4 p.m.) and boys varsity will follow (5:30 p.m.).

Youth hockey to entertain at Avalanche game

When the Colorado Avalanche host the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 15, they won’t be the only entertainment for locals attending the game.

The Craig mites hockey team (ages 7-8) will get to skate on the ice and entertain the fans at the Pepsi Center during the game's second intermission. In addition, Craig squirt (10 and under) players will sell programs, and a youth player will be on the ice during warmups and the national anthem.

To get involved with youth hockey, visit www.craigyouthhockey.com. Practices for the mites team began Monday, but go until the Moffat County Ice Rink closes.

Last week of open gyms at CMS

Craig Middle School’s basketball gym is open to the public for only one more night this winter. Anyone 15 and older is welcome to show up from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The gym is open for shooting around or playing pickup games.

No registration is required. There is a $2.50 fee to be collected at the door. This Thursday is the final night for open gym basketball this winter.

For more information about the open gyms, call 826-2004.

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