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Bulldogs club hockey team downs Telluride in weekend doubleheader

Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey player Matthew Balderston lines up a shot against Telluride goalie William Hobbs. The Bulldogs won both games in their Sunday morning doubleheader against the Telluride Lizard Heads, 6-0 and 4-1.

Mark Samuelson was pleased with how his team performed in its first two games of the season.

But, if he had any complaint, it would be how quickly his players went from cool to hotheaded.

The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team dominated a doubleheader against the Telluride Lizard Heads on Sunday morning at the Moffat County Ice Arena, leaving the team 2-0 early in the season.

The Bulldogs started the day strong with a 6-0 victory in the first game of the twin bill.

Bulldog threats like team captain CJ Walt and assistant captains Nathan Tomlin and Jarret Walt consistently kept the puck in Telluride's territory.

With 41 shots on goal by the Bulldogs in the first game, Tomlin and Bubba Ivers each netted two goals, while Cade Bangs and Jarret each scored one.

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Backing the aggressive Bulldogs offense, first-year goaltender Trent Parrott provided strong support in the crease, keeping out everything the Lizard Heads sent his way during the first game, earning a shutout.

"The team really helped him out in the first game, but Trent really stood on his head for the second game," Samuelson said.

Telluride gained a second wind in the next game, not only putting in the first goal midway through the first period. but also increasing the physical play.

The Lizard Heads doubled their shots on goal, while both teams started to play with more aggression.

The Lizard Heads' 16 penalty minutes was dwarfed as the Bulldogs racked up nine penalties and 26 minutes in the box throughout the second game.

Samuelson said he was not happy with the amount of penalties in the hard-hitting match.

"We're not going to be doing that anymore," he said. "There will be some repercussions. You can't play shorthanded, and that's what added to the problem in that game."

Samuelson said he noticed a lag in his players the second time around.

"The first game they played great, everything was right on," he said. "But, then to come and play like they did in the second… I don't know if they were tired or if they just lost their focus after winning the first one. I think they just got a little tired and sloppy."

He added that Telluride's prowess with the puck was greater in the second game.

"They came out and they wanted to make a statement. I was impressed," he said. "They took advantage of our sloppiness."

Samuelson said one of the Bulldogs' strengths was in passing the puck, particularly in the first game, something that player Kelsie Pomeroy noticed, as well.

"We were really cycling it around and that was very good," she said. "We're really clicking as a team."

Brenden Spencer said he believes the team could stand to improve more in passing.

"We need to work on breakouts, too," he said.

The Bulldogs' next game is at 7:45 p.m. tonight against Steamboat Springs at Howelsen Ice Arena. Steamboat most recently lost one, 8-4, and tied one, 2-2, to Telluride on Saturday.

"We'll be ready to play," Samuelson said.

Box score

Box score from the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s Sunday doubleheader against Telluride

Game One

Team 1st 2nd 3rd Final

Moffat 2 4 0 6

Telluride 0 0 0 0

Game Two

Team 1st 2nd 3rd Final

Moffat 2 0 2 4

Telluride 1 0 0 1

Leading Bulldogs scorers:

(Name, Goals, Assists, Total)

N. Tomlin, 4, 1, 5

CJ Walt, 0, 5, 5

B. Ivers, 2, 2, 4

Samuelson, 1, 2, 3

J. Walt, 2, 0, 2

Goalie statistics:

(Name, Saves, Goals, Shutouts)

T. Parrott, 30, 1, 1