CBHS Hockey —
Times Staff Writer
CBHS Hockey — Revenge is a dish best served cold.
The Crested Butte High School (CBHS) hockey team can attest to as much after earning redemption this past Saturday afternoon at Jorgensen ice rink. The Titans destroyed No. 7 Kent Denver 4-0.
“It felt good to beat Kent Denver,” said head coach William Watson. “In years past, they have always been a team we struggled with. Today, we came out and just battled through all the penalties we had. The players played great.”
Last season, the Titans traveled to Joy Burns Arena where the Sun Devils defeated CBHS 5-0.
While Kent Denver may have come into Saturday’s game feeling confident, CBHS made sure to crush the spirits of the visiting team early.
Joe Coburn got things going for the Titans early in the first period. After a Sam Stepanik shot deflected off the goalie, Coburn located the puck and fired it in the back of the net, giving CBHS a 1-0 lead.
Things got even better for the Titans minutes later, as Graham Barrett found the back of the net — extending the lead to 2-0.
Kent Denver attempted to build momentum. However, CBHS’ defense was solid all game long.
As the first period was coming to a close, things got even worse for the Sun Devils.
Ted Trujillo found the back of the net.
It was clear that the Titans came ready to play.
In the second period, Kent Denver nearly got on the scoreboard. However, luck wasn’t on their side. The Sun Devils fired a shot on goal, only to have it deflect off the left bar of the goal.
Despite Kent Denver struggling to score on offense, their defense did improve drastically in the second period — shutting out CBHS in the period.
Going into the third period, the Titans held a 3-0 lead.
With the game looking like it was all but over, CBHS took to the ice for the final time in 2018 to the cheering of fans and parents.
With 8:04 left to play, the Sun Devils finally had an opportunity to score, as two Titan players were sent to the box.
Yet, Kent Denver was still unable to find the back of the net, squandering the five-on-three opportunity.
Minutes later, the Sun Devils received yet another opportunity. A CBHS player was sent to the penalty box — right as the two Titan players were leaving the box.
However, just like every time before, Titan goalie Shaughn Rourke and the CBHS defense shut down Kent Denver.
“It felt really good to shut out Kent Denver,” said Rourke. “Last year, after getting beat 5-0 and having a bad game in the goal, it really fueled the fire to beat them bad this year.”
With the win, Rourke earned his second shutout of the season.
The Titans will be back on the ice Thursday, Jan. 3. They travel to NoCo Ice Center in Fort Collins to face Resurrection Christian.
Following the completion of that game, CBHS will be home Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4-5, for a two-game series against Summit.
Game one against Summit will be at 1 p.m., while the second and final game will start at 3 p.m.
(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)