Player injury ends game early for Moffat County Bulldog hockey team
Hit on Dommeniqc Bell finishes match with Glenwood Springs 7-0
February 20, 2016
An already tough match-up Saturday morning at the Moffat County Ice Arena took an unfortunate turn late in the game for the Bulldogs.
The Craig Youth Hockey Association 18U Midget ended its game with Glenwood Springs early when Bulldog forward Dommeniqc Bell was injured with five minutes remaining on the clock.
Bell was checked into the boards on Glenwood's side of the rink, fell to the ice and remained down, requiring coaches to check on him.
Players on both teams took a knee, and when it was determined Bell wouldn't be able to get off the ice by himself, the opponents quietly shook hands and filed out as a medical stretcher was brought onto the ice to transport him to The Memorial Hospital.
Moffat County coach Todd Bellio said Bell hurt his neck and felt tenderness in his hands, though he feels confident the Moffat County High School sophomore was not seriously wounded.
"They're just taking all the precautions because you don't mess with that," he said.
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Bellio said the check against his player appeared clean to him.
"It's just one of those unfortunate things in a rough sport," he said. "The outcome wasn't going to change much anyway."
Things were already not going the Bulldogs' way, with the final score 7-0, Glenwood.
A strong first period defensive effort ending with no score on either side changed drastically as the Grizzlies were ready to bear down and get some goals in an all-around hard-hitting game.
Shortly before Bell was hit, Zach Soron took a stick to the neck to send him to the bench, resulting in soreness but nothing more.
"I really hope he's OK," Soron said of his teammate.
The first home game for Moffat County in a month was expected to be a challenge against a Glenwood squad that's now 5-1-1.
"They definitely pressured us a lot more, and we need to work on that," Soron said.
The Bulldogs, now 2-8 in the Colorado Prep Hockey League and 4-10 overall, will finish the season at home in the coming weekend with a Saturday game against Littleton-based Foothills.
While the season has had more than its fair share of rough patches, it's a considerable improvement from last year that only saw one win, whereas early in the 2015-16 schedule, the Bulldogs surprised CPHL giants West Elk with a 4-3 win.
"We're the only ones to beat the No. 1 team," Bellio said proudly.
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