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Second-period scoring flurry ignites Chargers

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By Michael Hicks

Fifty-two seconds. That’s all the time it took for the Chatfield Chargers to turn a one-goal game into a much-needed momentum shift.
Chatfield scored three goals in that span early in the second period en route to a 6-3 victory over Resurrection Christian on Jan. 3 at the Edge Ice Arena. Brian Vits, Payden Thanner and Tyler Seltenreich scored goals during the flurry, the last off an assist from Thanner that ended up being the game-winner.
“We definitely picked it up in the second. We’ve been struggling in the second period throughout the season. We wanted to pick it up in the second, and we definitely did with those goals,” said Thanner, who finished with a goal and two assists. He, along with Cory Mergo, assisted on Seltenreich’s first-period tally.
Though six of Chatfield’s 12 previous goals had been scored in the second period, the Chargers (3-5, four points Foothills Conference) were just 1-5. But this time, there would be no letdown. Even though Resurrection Christian (4-3, four points) scored three of the next four goals to close the second period down 5-3, Chatfield wasn’t about to wilt under any comeback attempt by the Cougars.
Seltenreich and Vits each finished with two goals and an assist, Thimy Moraitis added a goal and two assists, while Mergo and Alec Thompson combined for three assists. Goalkeeper Cody Trujillo finished with 23 saves.
Chatfield led 1-0 after the first 17 minutes before the teams combined for seven goals in the second period. Vits rounded out the scoring with his second goal late in the third.
“It was a little odd game, but when we get six goals, it’s a good game for us,” Seltenreich said.
The six goals are a season high for Chatfield.
Tad Strohauer, Hunter McFerran and Brayden Dawson scored for Resurrection Christian, which got a combined 26 saves for goalies Dylan Griffith and Joey Halstrom. Griffith started but allowed Chatfield’s first five goals before being benched.
“That gives us a lot of momentum. We definitely picked our game up,” Thanner said. “We feel good, and we can do better.”
Chatfield continued that momentum a day later with a 2-1 win at Battle Mountain, winning for the third time in four tries. And, coincidentally, the Chargers scored the game-winning goal in the second period.
“Coming back from the break is big. This was a big game. We needed a W, and we got it. It was a good start,” Seltenreich said.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.