The Durango Mites' six- to eight-year-old hockey team in the Durango Area Youth Hockey Association swept the Taos
Coyotes on Dec. 4-5 on the strength of great goaltending by seven-year-old Jax Bayer.
Durango won Game 1 by 13 goals,
Durango won Game 2 by 10 goals, 13-3.
Quinn Simmons assisted little brother Colby Simmons for the six-year-old's first career Mites goal and the game's first
goal in Game 1. Sawyer Ward also scored his first Mites goal.
Quinn Simmons and Cullen Robinette had hat tricks, Gus Kidd scored a pair of goals, and Jordan Wolverton and Nathan
Foster also scored.
Mites coaches Scott Simmons and John Robinette stressed passing in the second game, and nine of the 13 goals scored
came with an assist.
Joe Arnwine and Kidd each scored hat tricks in Game 2, while the Simmons brothers each scored two and Alexander
Sakadinsky and Cullen Robinette one. Each player on the Mites' roster scored in the weekend sweep.
Durango, which travels to Gunnison today for a 4-on-4 tournament, will host Taos in a tournament Jan. 9 at Chapman Hill
The Durango Midgets' 15- to 18-year-old hockey team (2-2-2) lost a pair of games to Moffat County in its home openers
Sunday at Chapman Hill Ice Rink.
Moffat County scored the game-winning goal at 11:24 in the first period.
Durango goaltender Dane Bier stopped 23 of the Bulldogs' 24 shots on goal, but Moffat County added an empty-net goal
with 45 seconds to play for the
Moffat County won the second game 2-1.
Kyle Horn assisted Logan Cole's goal to make it a 2-1 game, but Durango couldn't score the equalizer. The game was the
first this season for Cole, a left winger.
According to a news release, newcomer Holden Welch again played solid defense on Durango's blueline. Ryan Dittmar
spelled Bier in net in Game 2.
Durango, which traded its blue sweaters for red to match the high school's colors, is the reigning Rocky Mountain Youth
Hockey League regular-season champion and finished second in last year's state tournament.
Durango will host the Gunnison Blades (2-0-1) at noon today and 9:45 a.m. Sunday.