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Bulldog Hockey Club stops Durango, 3-2

John Vandelinder

Moffat County did something Saturday no other Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey league team has done in nearly three years.

The Bulldogs (4-3-1 RMYHL) retaliated after Friday night’s 2-0 shutout loss, defeating league leader Durango, 3-2.

The regular season defeat was the first for the Steamers (6-1-1 RMYHL) since early in the 2006-07 season.

“It’s impressive,” coach Gene Carson said of his team’s feat. “When we are engaging the brain and keeping the emotions in check, this is the outcome. We played good, smart, heads-up hockey.”

Forward C.J. Walt put the Bulldogs on the board first, scoring with less than five minutes remaining in the opening frame.

“We had them yesterday,” Walt said. “We played with them the entire time. Today, we finally put them in their place.

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“If we can beat this team, we can beat anybody.”

But, Durango hasn’t played 33 consecutive league games without a loss for a reason.

The Steamers answered less than two minutes later, as Daniel Yeager took a pass from teammate Cory Kearns and deposited a shot past Bulldog net minder Spencer Wayman, tying the game at one right before the intermission.

Durango center Connor Coughlan scored his league-leading 12th goal to give the visitors a 2-1 lead 2:52 into the second period, but the Bulldogs didn’t lay down.

With Ty Deguelle in the penalty box for tripping, Moffat County tied the game on a shorthanded goal by Nathan Tomlin.

Colt Criswell found a streaking Tomlin down the left side of the ice, and the winger deposited a shot past Steamers’ goalie Ryan Dittmar for his first tally of the 2008-09 season.

And the home team wasn’t quite finished.

With less than two minutes left in the period, Cole Dubois found himself alone on the Steamers’ side of the blue line and scored what would prove to be the eventual game-winner.

Despite the loss, Steamers coach Steve Spriggs said he was happy.

“I think it’s actually a good thing,” he said. The last couple of years “we haven’t had to deal with one. I think it will help build the team’s character.”

The Steamers complete their four-game road trip Sunday in Kremmling in a doubleheader against the Cattle Kings.

Moffat County has a break until Jan. 3, when the team visits Gunnison.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

Moffat County vs. Durango

Team 1 2 3 F

Durango (6-1-1) 1 1 0 2

Moffat County (4-3-1) 1 2 0 3

Individual scoring:

First Period – 1, MC, Walt 3 (Southard, Strahan) 10:35. 2, D, Yeager 5 (Kerns) 13:43.

Second Period – 3, D, C. Coughlin 12 (Johnson) 2:52. 4, MC (SH), Tomlin 1 (Criswell) 12:22. 5, MC, Dubois 2 (unassisted) 13:03.

Third Period – none

Shots on goal – Durango 21, Moffat County 27