By Merrick Parnell
Photo: Bozeman Stingers Facebook Page
Over the weekend, the Bozeman Stingers split the two-game series with the Breckenridge Vipers at home in Bozeman’s Hayes Pavillion.
After a close 7-6 overtime loss on Friday, the Stingers hit the ice Saturday with determination to even the weekend set.
The Vipers scored first just 3 minutes into the first period and would end the first frame with a 1-0 lead. However, Bozeman’s Tom Hilbrich scored the equalizer in the second period and uncorked an onslaught of six unanswered goals across the second and third periods. Theo Campe, Logan Henne, Jason Smith, Ben Henne, and Eli Gillian had a goal each for Bozeman, while Chris Calnan led the Stingers with his a pair of tallies. Johny Banta set up several goals, ultimately notching four assists on the evening.
“On Friday, we were excited to open at home and put on a good show. On Saturday, we were able to tighten up pour play and play a complete game and limit them [Breckenridge] to two goals,” said Bozeman Head Coach Ryan Nyquist. “We’ve played better as the season goes along, and hope to keep improving as we take on Sun Valley on January 25th and 26th.”
Brock Vosburg started both games for the Stingers in goal and picked up the win Saturday on the night. Vosburg faced close to 50 shots over the series.
“I think everyone came in Saturday frustrated, knowing we could beat this team. I know I myself came in with a different attitude and was going to do whatever I had to to make sure we won that game!” said Vosburg. “It was great to finally get that win and play a full 60 minutes.”
The Stingers play in in the four-team Black Diamond Hockey League (BDHL), a league that was founded in 2014 and features teams from famous destination ski towns. Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, and Vail join the Stingers in the league. At one time, the league also featured teams from Park City, Utah, and Missoula, Montana. For more info on the Stingers and a schedule for their upcoming games, check out: http://www.bozemanstingers.com