Mountain Vista, Heritage blitz visitors on hockey rink
CENTENNIAL – It wasn’t a good night to be a visiting goaltender Saturday night at South Suburban Arena.
Mountain Vista’s hockey team had 48 shots on goal in a 10-0 Peak Conference rout over Columbine and Heritage had 47 shots in the Eagles’ 8-0 Peak shutout over visiting Pueblo County.
The Golden Eagles improved their overall record to 11-3-0 and remained in the Peak Conference title hunt with an 7-2-0 mark.
Ryan Daugherty, a sophomore who attends Highlands Ranch High school, scored three goals in a second period span of 4:04 to spark Mountain Vista’s win.
However, Daugherty insists he had help in getting his second period hat trick.
“You have to have your linemates, no matter what,” he said. “It’s not like one guy is doing it all by himself, get the puck and you are always going to score. You have to have some help.”
Daugherty has eight goals and 13 points this season.
“I’m having a pretty good season,” said Daugherty. “It’s really the guys I play with, they help me out a lot. We do a lot of great cycling, we know where each other is at and we have really good chemistry. We help each other and it gives us good chances. If you get to the right spot on the ice, you have a chance to get a good goal.”
Daugherty had four points in the game, the same as Cordt Fenstermaker who was credited with four assists. Bryan Hancock had two goals and an assist for the Golden Eagles while Brantt Heble had a goal and an assist.
Mountain Vista goalie Joe Morgan made five saves in notching his second shutout of the season.
Connor Crory, the state’s scoring leader with 43 points, and captain Scott Appleby paced Heritage’s win.
Heritage, which lost a 4-3 overtime decision to Fountain Valley Friday night, is 8-1-0 in the league and 12-2-0 overall.
Saturday night’s victory moved the Eagles into a first place tie in the Peak Conference with Air Academy. Fountain Valley (7-1-0) is third and Mountain Vista is close behind in fourth place with its 7-2-0 league record.
“It was a huge win,” said Heritage coach Jeremy Sims. “That was our biggest goal to bounce back and get back in the win category.”
Crory, a junior at Arapahoe High School, had a hat trick with three assists to finish with six points and his highlight reel shorthanded goal in the first period was something you had to see to believe.
ESPN would have loved it if the goal had been filmed.
The Eagles were two-men short at the time when Crory broke loose to get the loose puck. Hornets goalie Brandon Crisp skated out of the net in an attempt to beat Crory to the puck.
Crory won the race but fell to the ice. While on his back he reached to his right with his stick and knocked the puck past Crisp and into the open net.
“There was a lot of hard work, just working hard trying to put the puck in the net,” said Crory. “That was pretty lucky, I’m not going to lie. It’s good to get some lucky ones once in a while.”
“Our offense is playing well right now. The D (defensemen) and goalie are playing strong. We’re clicking on all cylinders right now. We really wanted to come out and play strong to get that Fountain Valley loss out of our heads.”
Appleby also had a hat trick for Heritage and finished with five points. Jake Wener had a goal and three assists while goalie Jake Larson made nine save in posting his third shutout of the season.