Titans defeat Palmer, Woodland Park

Brandon Warr

Times Staff Writer

CBHS Hockey — What better way to wrap up the calendar year than with back-to-back victories? The Crested Butte High School (CBHS) hockey team did just that against Palmer this past Friday and Woodland Park on Saturday. 

The 4-2 Titans destroyed Palmer 10-2 before picking up their second win of the weekend against Woodland Park, 4-1.

Against Palmer, CBHS’ offense was on display from the very start. Just 44 seconds into the first period, Graham Barrett beat Palmer’s goalie off an assist from Brendan Hartigan for the first goal of the game. 

Joseph Stock decided to join the scoring party minutes later, helping the Titans capitalized on a power play opportunity — and, in the process, giving the Titans an early 2-0 lead.

Stock didn’t stop there. His second goal of the game — and third for CBHS — came thanks to a pass from Braydon Duncan.

Despite being short handed, Matthew Solanik still managed to beat the Terrors’ defense, scoring the final goal of the period.

Palmer finally got on the board, scoring 36 seconds after Solanik’s goal, to cut the lead to 4-1. 

Before the first period came to a close, the Terrors cut into the lead again, scoring 15:45 into the period. However, Palmer struggled to score for the remainder of the game.

In the second period, it was all about CBHS and their offense. 

Stock got involved once again. However, it wasn’t in the scoring department. About two minutes into the second period, he delivered a perfect pass to Hartigan who slipped the puck past Palmer’s goalie. 

Duncan also got his name on the scoring sheet halfway through the second period, recording the sixth goal of the game for the Titans.

With the second period coming to a close, Elijah Waters extended the lead to 7-2, making it clear that CBHS was going to come away with victory.

Chris Myers made sure that the Terrors had no chance to pull off a comeback, scoring 2:02 into the third period. Minutes later, Solanik scored his second goal of the game off an assist from Barrett, pushing the lead to 9-2.

To add salt to the wound, Barrett also scored his second goal of the game — and final goal for the Titans.

Over the course of the game, CBHS had 62 shots on goal.

Yet, the Titans had to work a little harder against Woodland Park to pick up the victory. The Panthers slowed down CBHS’ offense from the start.

Defense was the name of the game to start the first period, resulting in both teams struggling to get anything going. Yet, that didn’t last long. 

In the second period, Solanik scored the first goal of the game after Stock and Barrett set him up with a pass.

Woodland Park responded minutes later, tying up the contest for a few minutes before the Titans’ offense made another appearance.

It was a familiar face scoring for CBHS. Solanik recorded his second goal of the period, thanks to a perfect pass from Barrett. 

Barrett then decided to get in the scoring category himself 11:25 into the second period, beating the Panthers’ goalie. Stock assisted on the play, giving the Titans a 3-1 lead.

Barrett scored one more time before the game came to a close — late in the third period on a power play, resulting in CBHS picking up their fourth win of the season.

The Titans will be back on the ice Friday, Jan. 3. They face Chaparral at home at 4:30 p.m. and will host Resurrection Christian on Saturday at 4 p.m.

 

(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or brandon@gunnisontimes.com.)