The Durango Midgets swept a pair of games from the Crested Butte Wolfpack over the first weekend in February in
Gunnison. The Midgets play in the
15-18-year-old age group.
Durango, a member of the Durango Area Youth Hockey Association, took the first game, played on Gunnison's outdoor rink,6-3.
Goaltender Dane Bier stopped 18 of 21 shots to earn the win.
Durango held a 4-2 lead after two periods behind second-period goals from Colin MacKay and Cory Kerns.
Durango ballooned its total to six in the third on goals from Holden Welch and Connor Coughlan, although according to a
news release, Coughlan's goal was believed to be scored by Welch. Officially, Welch had a goal and two assists to lead
Durango to victory.
The offense continued to click for Durango in Game 2, leading to a 5-1 victory over the Wolfpack as action shifted
Coughlan, the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League's leading scorer, had a natural hat trick, scoring Durango's first
three goals of the contest.
Kerns and Tanner Coughlan netted the final two goals for Durango, and Ryan Dittmar was solid in net, stopping 24 of 25
According to the news release, Durango returned to action Sunday against Grand Valley in Grand Junction in an attempt
to qualify for the league semifinals, which will be held in Durango.
The Durango Mites capped another strong weekend with their fourth consecutive tournament championship Feb. 13-14 in
The Mites, a team of 6- to 8-year-olds who are a perfect 23-0 this season, steamrolled through the competition, winning
their five games by an average of 8.4 goals. Durango routed Crested Butte 8-1 in the opener before hammering host
Gunnison 11-0. Durango topped Los Alamos
14-0 in Game 3 before again dispatching Crested Butte 5-2.
The Mites capped off the weekend with another rout of Gunnison in the championship game, winning 8-1.
Durango's final tournament of the year will be March 20 and 21 in Taos, N.M. After the season, the Mites will scrimmage
between periods of the Colorado Avalanche-Calgary Flames game at the Pepsi Center on April 2.
The Mites, coached by Scott Simmons and John Robinette, are Joe Arnwine, Jax Bayer, Nathan Foster, Gus Kidd, Cullen
Robinette, Patrick Rowan, Alexander Sakadinsky, Colby Simmons, Quinn Simmons, Finn Stowers, Sawyer Ward, Jordan
Woolverton and Liam Farkas.