JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Jackson Hole Moose and the Cleveland Barons put on a wild one Saturday night to make up for Friday’s yawner. The weekend had just about everything for the hockey fan, including two more wins for the hometown team.
Friday night’s game was an easy 6-2 win for Jackson Hole. The Moose survived a bit of a scare Saturday, falling behind 1-0 after the first period but a 6-goal barrage in the second fixed things nicely, propelling Jackson to a 9-4 victory.
The Moose learned one thing last weekend: Drew Akins is back, 100% healthy. After missing some time to concussion-like symptoms, Akins has slowly regained his old form. Last weekend he never stopped skating or scoring, beating Cleveland single-handedly Friday night with 4 goals and an assist.
The Barons learned one thing too. Cutting a rut to the sin bin is a costly way to play against a red-hot power play. The Moose made hay on the man advantage all weekend as Cleveland took penalty after penalty, racking up 31 PIMs in the first game and 17 in the second.
Was Hot Pass the music act for the weekend or the new nickname for AJ Sanders? Sanders continued his unselfish play with no goals over the weekend but 7 assists, including one cross-ice feed to Akins Saturday that was a beauty. The Sanders-Akins connection was unstoppable all weekend.
Pure goal scorer Tom Hartnett again proved he can put up points from the blueline. The high-scoring forward played defense all weekend but still managed 4 assists.
Dan Dupont’s sweater number continues to change but the goal production doesn’t. Double-D potted two Friday night and another Saturday wearing #60 instead of his usual 77.
Sage Welch had his best weekend of the 2018-19 campaign. The steady defenseman notched an assist each night and played physical hockey against a team that skated with an edge. One big hit in Saturday’s game had the crowd roaring and the Baron’s Sebastian Geoffrion hunting revenge seconds later when Welch dropped the gloves with Geoffrion. On his next shift out of the box, Welch immediately made another big hit in his own end.
The fans left the Snow King Sports and Event Center buzzing Saturday after being treated to a hockey rarity: a goalie fight.
Baron goalie Anthony Berteau waited until the clock ticked less than a minute to play when he calmly skated out of his crease and removed his helmet, beckoning to Moose tender Nick Krauss to do the same. Krauss was game and the two circle each other at center ice removing what goalie garb they could while searching for an opening.
A left from Krauss ended the affair pretty quickly and the refs were more than content to let the final seconds tick off as the teams poured over the boards to head pat their respective goalies.
Two more wins for the Moose puts Jackson Hole at 14-4 for the season. Next up for Jackson is the Denver Leafs, January 25-26.