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Craig hockey team honors seniors, adds weekend win

Bulldogs finish 1-15, ready for new beginning next year

Moffat County High School senior Trace Walt keeps on top of his West Elk opposition during a game for the Craig Youth Hockey Association Midget team. The group recorded its only win of the season Saturday, 3-1, against Aspen, also honoring seniors Walt, Garrett Ferguson, Logan Roberts, Sage Schrismsher and Kaleb Bugay.

It's been an unusual year for the Midget team of Craig Youth Hockey Association, but as far as their coach has been concerned, his players have hearts big enough and warm enough to melt through the ice.

Bulldog hockey finished its season on a positive note this past weekend, getting its only win of the year in a 3-1 match against Aspen Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park Ice Arena that brought pride to athletes' faces as they moved on to another phase by saying farewell to the team's seniors.

The graduates-to-be included Garrett Ferguson, Logan Roberts, Sage Schrimsher, Kaleb Bugay and Trace Walt, with a ceremony honoring their time in the rink between the Aspen game and a following meet-up with Heritage.

"We're losing a good core, and they'll be really missed for sure," said coach Randy Armstrong. "The kids that are staying are going to be good, they've learned a lot."

Though ending the season 1-15 ultimately — including losses to Heritage of 3-1 later in the Saturday and 7-4 Sunday — the morning win with Aspen was a relief after a 2-0 shutout by the Leafs Friday night.

The Bulldogs controlled the game with a late first period goal by Walt, who was assisted by both Roberts and Zachary Soron. Early in the second, Becky Brown put one in off a pass by Jadon Coutts.

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It looked like Aspen might be catching up with a power play score midway through the final period, but an unassisted goal by Kaitlyn Shrode kept the Craig kids on top.

Joining the team this weekend was Kearn Gerber, who opted to skate for Steamboat Springs High School this season, but was eager to slip back on the blue and white, as well as Brown, a Steamboat resident who began playing for Craig intermittently after a Denver team she had played for disbanded unexpectedly.

The roster may have gone through some changes, but Armstrong saw it as a successful year altogether, one which he can build on for next season.

The Midget group continues to practice regularly and assists younger squads in CYHA that will be finishing their own seasons soon.

Besides scouting talent within the Bantams, Armstrong has already seen the potential for younger team members to come back bigger and better next year.

"They have improved so much this year," he said. "It's been a joy to watch."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

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