Moose start the season off with 2 wins over Park City

JACKSON, Wyo. — Hockey fans were treated to a very exciting weekend on the ice as the Jackson Hole Moose were able to grab wins in their first two games of the 2019-20 season. Both contests featured plenty of what makes hockey such an exhilarating sport—speed, finesse, and physicality.

Park City was able to match the Moose line for line on both nights, as the two teams played an up-tempo game, looking to capitalize on turnovers and carry speed through the neutral zone.

The Moose spread scoring around both nights, getting 11 different players on the score sheet in Friday’s 6-5 OT victory and 9 players tallying at least a point on Saturday when the Moose won 8-2.

Tom Hartnett led the way for the Moose Friday night with a goal and two assists. Drew Akins waited until the 3-on-3 overtime to notch his first goal of the season—a game-winner.

Jackson shook off a little off-season rust to take a 5-3 lead into the dressing room for the second intermission Friday night. But Park City came roaring back in the third on goals by Josh Dangle and Trevor Calamel to tie the game and force the extra five-minute skate.

Akins didn’t wait long before he found the back of the net after a juicy rebound landed right on his stick in the crease just one minute into the overtime period.

The return of slick-skating defenseman Brad Improta gave the Moose a much-needed boost on Saturday night. That allowed coach Howie Carruth to move the dangerous sniper Hartnett back to forward.

Improta had a goal and a helper Saturday from the blueline. Alex Dewitz and Ryan Glantz also enjoyed 2-point nights. Drew Akins netted 2 and AJ Sanders kicked in a goal and two assists.

Saturday’s game was closer than the 8-2 final would indicate. Four garbage-time goals in the 3rd period padded stats as the Pioneers began taking exception to the beating and repeated net crashing by the Moose on their goalie, former St. John’s University netminder Tony Civello.

Things finally came to a head when Jackson’s Charlie Bemis inadvertently steamrolled Civello, had come well out of the crease after a loose puck Bemis was also chasing down. That brought the ire of Park City’s Josh Dangel who jumped Bemis and the melee was on.

Chase Wharton also went a round with Brendan Holmes early in the game. On Friday, Miller Resor more than held his own against perennial heavyweight Zach Hale in a spirited battle.

The Moose are off to a promising season with a 2-0 record. Next up is the Portland Legends on November 22-23.

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