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Lineup changes key Bulldogs win

Moffat County club hockey team goes 2-1 over weekend

Joshua Gordon
CJ Walt, captain of the Moffat County boys club hockey team, scored four goals and had one assist in three games over the weekend. The team went 2-1, beating Steamboat Springs on Jan. 15 and splitting a doubleheader Jan. 17 with Kremmling.
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Box scores from the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s recent games:

Friday, Jan. 15:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — final)

Moffat — 0 —3 — 0 — 3

Steamboat — 2 — 0 — 0 — 2

Sunday, Jan. 17:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — final)

Moffat — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0

Kremmling — 4 — 1 — 2 — 7

Moffat — 1 — 5 — 0 — 6

Kremmling — 1 — 1 — 3 — 5

Leading Moffat County scorers from the three games:

(Name — goals — assists — total)

C. Walt — 4 — 1 — 5

B. Ivers — 3 — 0 — 3

J. Walt — 1 — 1 — 2

N. Tomlin — 0 — 2 — 2

Box scores from the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team’s recent games:

Friday, Jan. 15:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — final)

Moffat — 0 —3 — 0 — 3



Steamboat — 2 — 0 — 0 — 2

Sunday, Jan. 17:



(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — final)

Moffat — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0

Kremmling — 4 — 1 — 2 — 7

Moffat — 1 — 5 — 0 — 6

Kremmling — 1 — 1 — 3 — 5

Leading Moffat County scorers from the three games:

(Name — goals — assists — total)

C. Walt — 4 — 1 — 5

B. Ivers — 3 — 0 — 3

J. Walt — 1 — 1 — 2

N. Tomlin — 0 — 2 — 2

Change can be a good thing.

At least Moffat County boys club hockey team head coach Mark Samuelson thinks so.

After a lackluster, 3-2 victory Jan. 15 over Steamboat Springs and a poor effort in a 7-0 loss Jan. 17 to Kremmling, Samuelson and other Bulldog coaches tweaked the lineup.

In the second game of the Jan. 17 doubleheader against Kremmling, the team switched goalies, mixed up the lines and sent the players back onto the ice for another shot at their opponent.

The change sparked something in the players, Samuelson said, and they were able to complete the weekend with a 6-5 victory.

“I feel it got everyone thinking and wondering,” he said. “It caused confusion for Kremmling having a different goalie and we jumped on them right away.”

The team’s game in Steamboat didn’t go quite the way Samuelson had hoped.

Although the Bulldogs won, Samuelson said the players were sloppy.

“I think most of the players were burned out after finals,” he said. “We didn’t have a good practice Thursday and it showed in the game.”

The Bulldogs outshot Steamboat 58-12.

But, despite the rust, Samuelson said the team was able to take something positive away from the game against Steamboat.

“The win says that even when we don’t play our best, we can find a way to still win,” he said. “It was a team effort, nobody played exceptional, but nobody played horrible either.”

Jarret Walt, Matthew Balderston and Bubba Ivers each scored a goal against Steamboat for the Bulldogs.

On Jan. 17, the Bulldogs played their first of two games against Kremmling at Oak Creek.

Turnovers and lost battles allowed Kremmling to jump to an early lead and bury Moffat County in game one.

“We came out flat and they scored early with four goals in the first period,” Samuelson said. “Everyone looked around for who would get us going, but no one did.”

Samuelson said both the offense and defense ignored their responsibilities.

“We didn’t take care of the puck in our zone and had sloppy turnovers,” he said. “Kremmling beat us to the puck and we just lost a lot of little battles.”

After the first game, Samuelson said he and the other coaches knew they had to change something to get the team going and give Kremmling a different look.

Nathan Tomlin, who usually plays forward, replaced Trent Parrott in the net.

“Nathan played goalie in pee-wee hockey so I knew he could do it,” Samuelson said. “We told Trent and he was OK with it, so we switched them up.”

Along with switching the lines around, the Bulldogs got the spark they needed, and jumped to an early 6-2 lead after the second period.

CJ Walt led the Bulldogs with four goals and Ivers added two of his own.

If not for late penalties, Samuelson said Kremmling probably wouldn’t have scored five goals.

“We only played at full strength for about four minutes in the third period, so they scored three more on us,” he said. “But the change did exactly what we needed it to do to get the team going.”

Samuelson said the team got the confidence boost they needed by ending the weekend with a win.

“The players showed their skill level, their ability and their hockey knowledge,” he said. “We just need to get them to bring it every game.

“We believe in them as coaches, they just need to believe in themselves.”

The Bulldogs will have a rematch with Steamboat at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 S. Ranney St.

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