Craig hockey teams show strength in weekend road games as seasons pick up again |

Craig hockey teams show strength in weekend road games as seasons pick up again

Coach Tim Knez converses with members of the Moffat County Bulldogs Midget hockey team during a home game. The 18U team was 1-1 during weekend games in Greeley.
Andy Bockelman

Athletes with Craig Youth Hockey Association didn’t have to wait long in the new year for competition, and Bulldogs and Cougars picked up plentiful goals recently.

CYHA’s 18 and under Midgets and 12U Peewees spent the first weekend of 2019 on the ice in Greeley and Vernal, Utah, respectively.

The Midgets split against their Greeley opponents, with a 5-3 victory Jan. 5 followed by a 3-2 defeat Jan. 6.

The Bulldogs owned the first two periods against the Bears as AJ Barber, Colton Lodato and Clay Durham got the Moffat County crew ahead 3-0.

A power play goal by Greeley opened the third round as they netted another minutes later, but Barber knocked in another shot to keep the Dogs in front. A late unassisted score by Corey Scranton helped lead the group to the win for credit in the Colorado Recreational Hockey League standings.

Barber and Scranton each picked up a score the following day, though the Bears’ early lead got Greeley the W.

In goal, Jack Doane had 31 saves across the two games. Barber led with three goals, while Scranton, Lodato and Durham each gained two assists, with one for Logan Knez.

Bulldogs moved to 8-2 this season, next scheduled to meet Arapahoe in late January, with details still in the works.

CYHA Peewees spent last Saturday busy with a doubleheader in Vernal, with the Raptors sweeping the visiting squad 4-1 and 5-4.

The first game saw the Cougars struggle with one goal by Ryan Booker off the assist by Patrick Neton, but the Craig kids rebounded in the latter half of the day.

Zane Durham struck first, assisted by Aaron Gregory, which Vernal responded to moments later. A Neton goal from the pass by Caden Bugay kept Cougars ahead for most of the first period until the Raptors tied it at 2-2.

A pair of Grant Sis scores in the second period kept the game evened up at 4-all, with Vernal ending the round with one last goal as the third period went entirely scoreless on both ends.

Bugay had seven saves in the net in the first game, and Wyatt Schell made 10 in the second.

Craig Peewees are 1-10-1 and next host Durango Jan. 26 and West Elk Jan. 27 for four total games.

In other CYHA action, the upcoming weekend sees the 10U Squirts travel to Grand Junction to play the Coyotes and the West Elk Wolverines.

The 14U Bantams host West Elk for three games across the weekend with matches at 5 p.m. Saturday and at 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday at Moffat County Ice Arena.