It was an intense hockey game.
Cheyenne Mountain defeated Doherty 10-5 Friday night in front of a full house at Honnen Ice Arena. Despite the lopsided score, the Spartans fought fiercely in the end of the second and in the third periods.
The Indians snapped a seven-game losing streak thanks in part to a hat trick from senior forward Trevor Taylor, who scored twice off of power plays in the first period and once in the second. The feat prompted one fan to toss his beanie onto the ice.
Cheyenne Mountain coach Erik Austin said it was good to see the shots break his player’s way.
“It’s great, it’s good for Trevor because we’ve been hitting posts and having some bad bounces the last few weeks,” he said. “They came at us with a physical play and it cost them in penalties and we were able to capitalize on our power plays early and I think that turned the tide of the game.”
The Spartans scored the game’s first goal courtesy of junior forward Zachary Fellinger nearly three minutes in. The Indians responded with six unanswered goals, three in the remainder of the first period.
From a wins and losses standpoint, the game was pretty much over about midway through the second period. But the Spartans never gave up.
Senior forward Scott Sellars scored a short-handed goal five minutes into the second period and Doherty tacked on three more goals in the third. In front of a roaring Spartan crowd, Doherty played with great effort in the third, something coach John Bonville says he’d like to see consistently.
“Well I think the effort needs to be consistent, we’re lacking the consistent effort that we need,” Bonville said. “We’re still trying to work on that we’ve got a very young team. We have 12 freshman out of the 28-man squad we have and (we’re) trying to get them rotated in and get some experience.”
For the Indians (3-8), the mentality Austin wants to convey is to just have fun.
“We’re really trying to have fun everyday and make it a process thing not a product thing,” he said.