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Moffat County hockey team struggles in Crested Butte

Joshua Gordon

The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team lacked offensive scoring power Saturday and Sunday in Crested Butte, falling twice to Crested Butte and twice to Durango/Telluride. Head coach Rick Villa said his players played too passive offensively and needed to get more shots on goal.

Rick Villa knows what the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team is capable of, but over the weekend, he didn't see it.

Villa, the Bulldogs head coach, said his players didn't have the right attitude heading into Saturday and Sunday's games against Crested Butte and Durango/Telluride, resulting in the team leaving Crested Butte with an 0-4 record.

"We weren't passing the puck and we weren't playing aggressive," Villa said Monday. "Crested Butte is a tough team, but we should be able to win against Durango."

The Bulldogs (2-12) opened Saturday against Crested Butte, falling 6-0.

Crested Butte is the top team in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League, sporting a perfect 13-0 record, so Villa said in games against them, his players need to just give it their all.

"(Crested Butte) is a strong team, so I tell the guys not to give up," he said. "If they give 100 percent and are satisfied with their performance when they come off the ice, then they should be happy no matter the outcome."

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The Bulldogs also fell to Crested Butte in the last game Sunday, 8-0.

Villa said the main difference between the two teams is Crested Butte has three full lines while the Bulldogs only played with nine players.

"Crested Butte had the man advantage and we were only able to run three on defense with an individual injured," he said. "They are really into hockey there and they are a good passing team, but they get two shifts worth of rest and our guys don't get a full breather with rotating guys in and out all the time.

"Our players' conditioning isn't bad, but it is still hard to keep up pace with a full team."

Moffat County fell 3-0 in the first game against Durango/Telluride, and scored their only goal of the weekend in a 5-1 loss Sunday in the second game.

Villa said he was a little upset because he believes his team can beat Durango/Telluride, but the Bulldogs didn't go hard enough in the offensive zone.

"We didn't forecheck hard and if we did, they wouldn't have been able to get it out of their zone," he said. "We pulled back too early on offense and didn't get enough shots on goal."

The Bulldogs will play their final three games of the regular season Saturday and Sunday at home. The team will play Grand Valley twice and Glenwood Springs once.

Moffat County's only two wins came over Grand Valley, and two more wins against them would all but secure a Frozen Four spot for the Bulldogs in the five-team league.

Villa said winless Grand Valley will be gunning to get a victory and he hopes his team can get a clean sweep at home.

"We know (Grand Valley) will be coming hard at us, so our skaters need to hustle up and down the ice," he said. "Against Glenwood, we need to get the puck into open ice and work on breakouts.

"The guys really want to perform well at home."

Box scores from the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s games Saturday and Sunday in Crested Butte:

Game 1:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — final)

• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0

• Crested Butte — 2 — 3 — 1 — 6

Game 2:

• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0

• Durango/Telluride — 1 — 2 — 0 — 3

Game 3:

• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 1 — 1

• Durango/Telluride —3 — 0 — 2 — 5

Game 4:

• Moffat County — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0

• Crested Butte — 2 — 4 — 2 — 8

— Season record: 2-12

Bulldog leading scorers:

(Name — goals — assists)

• Dylan Villa — 1 — 0

• Sarah White — 0 — 1

Goalie statistics:

(Name — shots against — saves)

• Trent Parrott — 178 — 156

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