Craig hockey team delivers better games |

Craig hockey team delivers better games

Nate Waggenspack

The Craig Midgets hockey team played four games over the weekend, three at the Moffat County Ice Rink and one in Eagle. While the Bulldogs went 0-4, they held their first lead of the season and have shown significant improvement.

It hasn't resulted in wins yet, but the Craig hockey team is coming along nicely.

The Midget 14-18 team, playing in the Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League, played four games this weekend, losing all four but producing markedly better games.

Playing each team for the second time this season, the Bulldogs went down to Foothills Major A, 6-2, and Hyland Hills Major A, 6-0, on Saturday at the Moffat County Ice Rink. The losses were much less one-sided than previous games against those opponents, though.

Craig lost to Foothills in their first meeting, 9-2, on Nov. 17 and fell to Hyland Hills, 11-0, on Nov. 18. The improvement in their play in two weeks time is encouraging to see for coach Tanya Ferguson.

"Our first and last games this weekend were really good games," Ferguson said.

On Sunday morning, the Bulldogs hosted the league's top team, undefeated Littleon Major A. They were beaten badly, 15-0, before traveling to Eagle to face Regis and lose 6-2.

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While the 15-goal defeat to Littleton was a set back, the Bulldogs' first game against Regis was an 11-0 loss in Craig, showing they had taken strides and recovered well from a bad game. Being 0-12 did not take away from Ferguson's opinion of her team's play.

"Littleton pretty much manhandled us; it was a pretty rough game," Ferguson said. "But they won state last year, so that's not necessarily surprising. This afternoon we scored the first goal and were ahead 2-1. We were playing really good and aggressive and then we got into penalty trouble and that's kind of what killed us."

Still, Ferguson was pleased with the improvement she has seen.

"Hyland, they kept making comments during the game, saying 'This isn't the same team we played a couple weeks ago,' so that means we've obviously stepped up a bit," she said. "We've just got to get our niche of lines going. We're starting to pass a lot better."

The Bulldogs next play Dec. 15. In the two weeks leading to those games, there will be more to work on.

"Our biggest thing is we need to work on winning faceoffs and our breakouts," Ferguson said. "One defense, the biggest thing is our defenseman holding the blue line. They've been backpedaling and playing too tentative against some of our faster opponents. But I'm really proud of them. They play hard and do what they're supposed to. It'll get there."

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

Weekend results

Saturday: loss vs. Foothills 6-2

loss vs. Hyland Hills 6-0

Sunday: loss vs. Littleton 15-0

loss. vs. Regis 6-2