The 2019 NCBS season is officially fully underway. While the OCBLL started midweek last week the CCBLL kicked off play last night with a triple-header at Foothills Fieldhouse.
On opening night there were two very close games as Bighorns and RedHawks each won by just a few goals. The last game wasn’t as close as the first two with Stoneflies making their presence know, dominating with an 18-11 win over Blizzard.
Bighorns 10, Gold Miners 8
This one was a back-and-forth battle from the start with Gold Miners just holding a 4-3 lead at the end of the first. A huge second period really helped push Bighorns ahead as they held Gold Miners scoreless and took a 7-4 lead into the third period. While Gold Miners were able to get back in the game Bighorns ultimately took the win, holding on down the stretch and prevailing.
Gold Miners were led by Taz DeLaney with 4 goals while Troy Loper also tallied 2 goals from Gold Miners as well. Bighorns saw Ryan Russell lead the way with 2 goals while also chasing down 2 loose balls.
RedHawks 14, Fighting Bison 10
While these two went back-and-forth taking shots at each other all game, but RedHawks were able to go on a few runs that really helped push them over the edge and secure the win. While RedHawks led 4-2 at the end of the first they went on a big run in the second to go up 10-5 heading into the third period. Each side traded three-goal runs in the third, but the RedHawks came out on top, subduing the Fighting Bison comeback.
Bryan Hancock led the RedHawks with 8 points (5G,3A) in the win. Aaron Boyd also tallied 5 points (3G,2A) as well. For the Fighting Bison Grant Breeden led the way with 4 points (3G,1A) while Eric Pacheco also tallied 3 points (2G,1A).
Stoneflies 18, Blizzard 11
It was a dominating win for Stoneflies as they led the entire way and never looked back. After taking a 4-2 lead at the end of the first they continued to pull away, but Blizzard was able to keep it at a four-goal defect heading into the third with Stoneflies leading 11-7. In the third period Stoneflies really got hot, ending the game on a four-goal run to help secure the 18-11 season opening win.
Blizzard had a huge depth of scoring with Mykael Haney, Lance Tillman, Drew Erickson, Anders Erickson, and Jason Sullivian all having 2 goals each. Stonefiles saw Drew Lazar score 6 goals while Lance Olson and multiple others all had 2 goals.