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Bulldog Hockey Club defeats Kremmling in comeback

John Vandelinder

— At full strength for the first time this season, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club showed what it could do when the team is complete.

The Bulldogs rallied from a goal down to defeat the visiting Kremmling Cattle Kings, 4-2, Friday night at the Moffat County Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs used the confidence gained from the return of defensemen Ethan Robinson and Ian Forgay, to limit the Cattle Kings (0-1 Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League, 0-1 overall) to 15 shots on goal.

The Bulldogs new offense – the triangle – installed this year by assistant coaches Walker Criswell and Jerry Strahan, along with head coach Gene Carson, clicked in the second period as Moffat County scored twice to turn the tide on Kremmling.

The new offense “is really starting to work,” Carson said. “I want to emphasize how important those two guys (Walker Criswell and Jerry Strahan) are. I want to give them a lot of credit. Those two guys on the bench, are watching the game, seeing what’s going on and making the right adjustments.”

Proving to be just as important were the two assistant coach’s sons. John Strahan started the Moffat County (3-2 RMYHL, 3-2 overall) comeback, with help from Forgay.

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Returning to the blue line for the Bulldogs, Forgay fired at will on the Cattle Kings defense, where John Strahan happened to be waiting.

John Strahan’s redirection of Forgay’s shot tied the game at one, 13 minutes into the second frame.

“It feels really good to be back,” Forgay said. “I thought we could have done a little better, but having both defensemen back – and having our whole team – really helped us.”

The bulldogs took the lead less than two minutes later when C.J. Walt blew down the left side of the rink and fed John Strahan for his second goal of the game.

The Cattle Kings – limited to just 12 skaters in uniform – didn’t go down without a fight in their season-opener.

Jacob Hange scored his second goal of the game 4:44 into the third period, tying the game at two.

“I’ll tell you what,” Kremmling coach Ed Motz said. “We’ve only had three practices, and for being pretty limited numbers-wise, I’m happy with how the guys fought tonight.”

But, the last 10 minutes of the game would go to the Bulldogs.

Colt Criswell tallied his sixth and seventh goals of the season, pushing Moffat County to the victory.

“The key was our passing,” Colt Criswell said. “We were looking for person-to-person passing, not panic passing.”

The coach’s sons have now combined for six goals apiece and 19 total points throughout the team’s first five games.

The Bulldogs have a long break until they hit the ice again.

Moffat County hosts Steamboat Springs on Dec. 10.

“We’ve really got to work on our new style of play,” Colt Criswell said. “We have to get that down before we start playing the southern teams that have just as good of a system.”

It may have taken a little while to warm up, but Friday night, the new system worked.

Game statistics

Moffat County vs. Kremmling

Team 1 2 3 F

Kremmling (0-1) 0 1 1 2

Moffat County (3-2) 0 2 2 4

First Period – none.

Second Period – 1, K, Hange 1 (Gamblin, Potts) 4:33. 2, MC, Strahan 5 (Forgay, Baron) 13:00. 3, MC, Strahan 6 (Walt) 14:53.

Third Period – 4, K, Hange 2 (Dounda) 4:44. 5, MC, Criswell 5 (Dubois) 9:51. 6, MC, Criswell 6 (Dubois) 13:57.

Shots on goal – Kremmling 15, Moffat County 37