Logan Greene wasn’t sure what to expect. The Chatfield senior forward didn’t know if his first-period goal would be enough. After all, the Chargers were playing arch-rival Columbine in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Edge Ice Arena on Dec. 14.
And these games — no matter whether it’s a non-conference affair as this one was or a league matchup — you can pretty much throw the record books out the window. These are usually about personal pride.
As it turned out, Greene’s goal and an additional tally from Tyler Seltenreich late would be the game’s lone scores in a 2-0 Chatfield victory.
Yet while Columbine, which had allowed 24 goals in its previous four games, was shutout for the third time this season this game was much closer than the final score indicated, said head coach Chris Gassman.
“Everybody knows that was a 1-0 game. The scoreboard said two, but everyone here knows it was 1-0,” Gassman said. “We made one little mistake and they capitalized, and we didn’t capitalize on their mistakes. I think we outplayed them completely. We just couldn’t put one in the net.”
Chatfield outshot Columbine 37-23. Charlie Marchese made 35 saves in net for Columbine (1-5), which dropped a 2-1 decision to Dakota Ridge one night later.
“He played fantastic tonight. That’s the kind of goalkeeping we’ve been looking for all year,” Gassman said of Marchese. “He stepped up tonight for us big time.”
Chatfield (3-1) pelted Columbine with 32 shots on goal in the first two periods but only came away with Greene’s goal at 11 minutes, 7 seconds of the first period, off an assist from Jay Tanji.
“We didn’t know what we were going against this year. Last year, they were pretty decent. So we weren’t sure, but these games are usually pretty close between Columbine and us,” Greene said.
Chatfield goaltender Ryan Seltenreich, who finished with 23 saves, agreed.
“Whenever you play a rivalry game it’s always low-scoring, always close,” he said. “We just got lucky a couple of times in front of our net. We were able to put the puck in their net when we needed to.”
Tyler Seltenreich added an insurance power-play goal with 2:53 remaining in regulation. Brian Vits and Brett Thompson assisted on the play.
The teams will play a rematch Feb. 8 at the Edge Ice Arena, and this time it will count in the Foothills Conference standings.
CHATFIELD 2, COLUMBINE 0
1st period: CH: Logan Greene (Jay Tanji), 11:07
3rd period: CH: Tyler Seltenreich (Brian Vits, Brett Thompson) PP, 14:07