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CHSAA State Second Round: Battle Mountain vs. Cherry Creek

By Scott Cattelino, 02/28/17, 3:00PM MST


The Battle Mountain Huskies travel to Denver to face off with Cherry Creek for a shot to make the final eight.

#22 Brandon Cyrus lights the lamp in the second period with this unassisted beauty to give Creek a 2-0 lead in second round action of the CHSAA Colorado state hockey playoffs.

Battle Mountain Huskies vs. Cherry Creek Bruins

The twenties did work for Creek: #22 Danny Taggart (2G, left) and #26 Sam Harris (2A, right).

     The Battle Mountain Huskies (13-3-3) traveled down from the snowy mountains of Colorado on a business trip to Denver in hopes of advancing to the final eight of the CHSAA Colorado high school state hockey championships.  Standing in their way was the 2015 state champion Cherry Creek Bruins (12-6-1), who also were looking to advance and return to their championship form of a couple years ago.

     The Huskies found their way to Denver after an impressive 12 win regular season, a second place finish in the Peak Conference, and a 2-1 first round victory over Aspen.  The Bruins gained a first round bye and the #3 seed, also with 12 wins and a strong third place finish in the Foothills Conference.  

     It took both teams a while to gain a feel for the game, until the Bruins Sam Harris (2A) and Henry Raabe (2A) found Danny Taggart (2G) who would light the lamp just over 15 minutes into the first period on a short handed low laser past the glove side to give Creek an early 1-0 lead that they would not relinquish.

#21 Danny Taggart scores the first goal of the game shorthanded to give Cherry Creek a 1-0 lead in the first.

     Cherry Creek's defense did not allow the Huskies to gain any momentum on offense in this one, as the Bruins gave up eight shots in the first period and only gave up seven in the next two periods combine.  Brandon Cyrus would extend Creek's lead to 2-0 on an unassisted top shelf snipe in the first two minutes of the second period for the only goal of the second.  

#35 Ryan Bevan stays square to the puck and makes a pad save for one of his 15 saves in a 4-0 shutout win.

     The final stanza would bring on more of the same for the Huskies, as Cherry Creek would add two more scores in the third period to help them pull away to a 4-0 second round victory.  Taggart netted his second score of the contest, followed two minutes later by Garret Glaspy's power play goal and Bruins' goaltender Ryan Bevin made all 15 of his saves to complete the shutout and move Creek on to the final eight on Saturday.

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