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John Vandelinder: Bulldog Beat

The week in review for Bulldog sports

John Vandelinder

John Vandelinder

— The Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball teams started practices last week, with final cuts and roster decisions coming soon. The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club started the season with a bang, giving hockey fans optimism.

Let’s take a look.

Hockey

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club is not a sanctioned high school sport, but I’m including them in the beat anyway. The team is made up of Moffat County High School students, so they qualify.

The Bulldogs looked outstanding, dispatching visiting Kremmling in Friday night’s doubleheader.

Moffat County outscored the Cattle Kings, 13-3, in the twin billing, easily skating past, and around, the visitors.

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In the locker room after the first game – a 3-0 victory – there seemed to be some dissension among the squad, with players having some unnecessarily strong comments to each other. Coaches Jim Hall and Gene Carson put out the flames quickly, and the Bulldogs tore through Kremmling in the second game, 10-3.

Goalie Bryce Ponikvar played well in the first game, stopping 11 shots to preserve the shutout.

Hall used Spencer Wayman and Curt Ellgen in the second game. The duo played admirably, but Ponikvar’s shutout should catapult him to the forefront of the rotation.

The team had no problem finding shots against the opposition, managing 64 in the two games combined. The issue I have with this team – although the season is early – was the 28 penalties it accumulated. Against weaker competition, it won’t matter, but against better teams in the league, it could sneak up and bite the Bulldogs.

Scott Smith had five points on four goals and an assist to lead the club.

Mike Lefler was right behind his teammate, showing unselfish play by setting up his teammates for four assists.

This team can score in bunches, as evident by the hat tricks of Smith and Nathan Tomlin on Friday.

Watching the team play, I couldn’t help but notice the speed and agility of Colt Criswell. If anybody on this team has a shot at playing at the next level, it’s him.

Now, if they can just stay out of the penalty box.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com