Kail Burns of Mountain Vista High School’s co-op team scored the first two goals of his high school hockey career in a game against Cherry Creek on Jan. 7 at the Family Sports Center in Centennial.
And they were both important goals as the Vista team notched a 4-3 overtime victory over the Bruins.
Burns, a sophomore at ThunderRidge High School, scored on a breakaway for the first goal of the game, which helped stake the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 lead. Then he tallied the game-winning goal at the 3:11 mark of the overtime off an assist from Reid Watson.
“We came out and started the game very well,” said Burns. “We slowed down in the second because we were taking some penalties but we were able to kill them. Our goalie (Oliver Kim) stood tall. In OT it was a beautiful pass by Reid, and I was in the right area and was able to score.”
Burns gave Vista a 1-0 lead when he got loose on a breakaway.
“The puck went out to the defenseman and he coughed it up and I was able to go in on a breakaway,” said Burns. “Luckily the shot went over the goalie’s glove.”
Watson had two assists in the game for Vista. Jaden Montoya and Jackson Lindermann had the other two goals for the Golden Eagles.
Cherry Creek held a 29-25 edge in shots on goal but the Bruins were 0-for-6 on the power play while Montoya’s goal was a power play tally for Vista.
Vista, which had a game Jan. 8 against Denver East, improved to 4-3 on the season with the win in its third consecutive OT contest.
“You are hoping for better results but we faced a lot of injuries,” said Vista coach Kevin Insana. “We were missing a lot of our top forwards and D in the first semester. Now we are are getting fairly healthy we’re looking to get it all.”
Creek, which faced defending state champion Valor Christian on Jan. 8, lost its third one-goal game this season and saw its record fall to 2-4-1.
Harrison Follett had two goals for the Bruins including the one at 11:47 of the third period that forced the overtime.
“We got even and the momentum was there and we got it to overtime,” said Creek coach Jeff Mielnicki. “We’ve played a lot of hockey. We’ve played almost 55 games (including the fall season) and we’ve been in every game. Other than the Dakota Ridge game we’ve played really good hockey. A lot of one-goal games, 2-1 or 4-3, but we’re a young team and have some COVID issues. We were missing kids for this game. That’s not an excuse. A lot of teams are going to have this. It’s frustrating.”
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