Craig youth hockey earns wins, losses as seasons wind down
The season is nearly done for some levels of Craig Youth Hockey Association, while it’s just heating up for others.
With multiple games for the 12 and under Peewees, 16U Bantams and 18U Midgets, the weekend was a hectic one for Craig teams.
The Peewee Cougars were matched up against some of the toughest competition in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League, seeing both the White and Blue squads of the West Elk Wolverines in Gunnison.
Up against the the White group first Saturday , Craig took a 4-2 loss with goals by Wyatt Schell unassisted and Logan Durham off the aid of Grant Sis. Caden Bugay earned 61 saves in the net across both games.
In Sunday’s doubleheader against the Blue side, Logan Durham took two goals and an assist with Patrick Neton in the 7-3 loss that began the day. Logan earned a hat trick in the next game, an 8-3 defeat, with Hayden Urroz gaining one assist.
In goal, Bugay had 28 saves and Schell 19.
For the Bantams, who also played Saturday in Gunnison, Clay Durham, Carter Behrman and Brant Gutierrez each had one goal, with two assists by Gutierrez and one by Garrett Anson during a 7-3 defeat. The group followed up with a second game with the Wolverines, an 11-3 loss, with two goals by Durham and one by Behrman, who also had one assist with another two for Gutierrez.
Goalie Dylan Herndon earned 62 saves in the doubleheader.
Back home, the Midget Bulldog team had its first home games in more than a month, picking up a 13-7 win against Arapahoe in which Moffat County gained further good footing in the Colorado Recreational Hockey League.
Colton Lodato and AJ Barber each scored a hat trick, while Clay Durham and Wyatt Boatright back on the ice after a December injury, scored twice.
“I think we had almost everybody score at least once or at least one assist,” coach Tim Knez said. “I think we had five in the first period and worked more on passing after that. Then it was more like one goal for us, one for them. Probably the most solid two periods of hockey I’ve seen them play”
A non-competitive scrimmage followed the official league game, as the Dogs tied 8-8 with Arapahoe.
Bulldogs will be back on the Front Range this weekend with games against Arvada and Lafayette, followed by a President’s Day weekend tournament, the Mile High Meltdown, where they will see many CRHL opponents.
The 10U Squirts will play their final matches of the year this weekend in Telluride in a four-game series, while Bantams end the season Feb. 23 in Grand Junction.
Peewees will end their schedule at home in a Saturday set against Grand Junction with games at 9 and 11:15 a.m. at Moffat County Ice Arena.