Bottineau/Rugby Hockey Season Comes To A Close
The Bottineau/Rugby Braves hockey team felt confident heading into the West Region play-in game on Monday night in Hazen. Coming off a solid effort the Friday prior in a loss to Bismarck Century, Coach Hoff was seeing progression late in the season from the youthful Braves. Yet the third time was not the charm, as they fell to Hazen/Beulah 4-1. The Northstars had defeated the Braves 7-2 and 8-2 early in the season.
Senior goalie Ethan Clements turned aside 15 shots, and sophomore Micah Hershey made 7 saves in the game for the Braves. On the offensive side, Bottineau/Rugby put 39 shots on goal, but could only find the back of the net once.
“We put together opportunities on the offensive end throughout the game,” stated Coach Hoff, “but like our season has gone, we had a hard time finishing.” The 39 shots on goal was as much as roughly the 3 previous games combined. “We played well at times over the final few games, but just timely scoring was missing,” mentioned Hoff.
The Braves end their season at 3-17 (1-13 West Region), perhaps not the record the players were looking for, but it was a learning season for many at the Varsity level. Youthful skaters received meaningful time on both the JV and Varsity this winter, and will look to use that experience for the upcoming years. Bottineau/Rugby will return a solid number of players from this seasons roster to next year, as they graduate just 5 Seniors (3 which scored points this season).
A tip of the cap to the Seniors for their time and play on and off the ice the last few years.
Hauser is the sports director for AM 1450 KZZJ Radio, Rugby.
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