Outfitters stay unbeaten in A League hockey play
BRECKENRIDGE – In a battle to stay in first place, the 6-0 Outfitters outskated Copper Tuesday, 7-3, in A League competition at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge. Russ Sikorsky’s hat trick kept the Outfitters unbeaten.
“It was a team effort,” Sikorsky said. “Good skating and it got chippy, but we held in there.”
Sikorsky’s first goal came as he skated backward toward the net and backhanded one past goalie Scott Kreider. Copper knotted the equalizer on a breakaway, beating the goalie high on a strong move in front of the net by Jade Kersey.
Copper’s second goal came just minutes after the first to take a quick 2-1 lead. The team’s fast skating, on-the-mark passing, and quick transitions kept them in charge of the first period. At the end of one, Copper held the lead.
Copper’s third goal came just 30 seconds into the second period by an odd-man break, making it 3-1 Copper. It wouldn’t last long.
The Outfitters scored their second goal when a streaking right winger beat Kreider at the eight-minute mark. Then, just 20 seconds later, Sikorsky scored his second to tie the game at three apiece.
Thirty seconds after that, the Outfitters scored again after an apparent own goal by Copper defensemen in an attempt to clear the puck. The momentum seemed to shift in favor of the Outfitters, who seemed to be doing everything right.
Copper got a goal called back while on a power play for a man in the crease at 6:20.
A frustration penalty ensued to shift more momentum to the Outfitters.
But Kreider’s sprawling save for Copper at 4:55 left in the second kept them within reach.
The Outfitters were starting to apply real pressure to force Copper to start icing the puck. With three minutes to go in the second, Sikorsky tripped a Copper player and was thrown in the box. After a successful kill, the Outfitters hit a streaking Sikorsky fresh out of the box to slip it behind Kreider to make it 5-3 with a minute to go in the second.
The third period saw the legs of Copper running out of steam. Dave Semenko got called for a boarding penalty at the start of the third, and his jawing got him an additional two minutes, and then a 10-minute penalty.
A power play goal with 3:50 left in the game made it 6-3, and sealed the win for the Outfitters.
Ian Davis, the Outfitter’s goalie, stopped 15 of 18 shots.
“We’ll beat them next time,” Kreider claimed. Copper gets its chance for a rematch on March 23.
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