Rangers win hockey ‘Winter Classic’

Lewis-Palmer wins three games last week to improve to 14-1

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Lewis-Palmer hockey players weathered the extreme outdoor conditions during the Colorado High School Winter Classic Feb. 1 in Woodland Park. The Rangers defeated “host” Pine Creek 5-2 as a steady snow fell throughout the game.
Danny Summers

The Lewis-Palmer High School hockey team played its version of the “Winter Classic” on Feb. 1 and came out on the winning side of a 5-2 score over Pine Creek.

It was Lewis-Palmer’s 13th consecutive victory as it improved to 14-1 overall, 9-1 in the Peak Conference.

The unique game was played at Meadow Wood Ice Rink in the Teller County city of Woodland Park. Game time temperature was about 12 degrees. A steady snow fell throughout the game.

Pine Creek led 2-1 at the end of the first period, but the Rangers got three second-period goals to take control of the game. They came on William Fraser’s turnaround wrist shot, Taylor Hill’s power-play goal and another from Noah Vanderbeck off a turnover.

Ryan Reich scored the Rangers’ final goal in the third period.

Rangers’ senior captain Julian Claudio scored the game’s first goal less than three minutes into the opening stanza.

Lewis-Palmer goalkeeper Andrew Karnes got the victory for his club.

The game was the brainchild of Pine Creek coach Ken Martel, who made the arrangements with the City of Woodland Park and the Woodland Park Hockey Association.

The Rangers also had victories last week over Coronado (13-0 on Jan. 27) and Pueblo County (4-0 on Jan. 29).

Against Coronado, six different Rangers’ players scored two goals to lead the offensive outburst.

Scoring two goals apiece were Casey McMullin, DJ Jones, Fraser, Zachary Williams, Claudio and Brayden Yatsu.

Christian Perry, Claudio, Williams and Jones each had four points.

The Rangers traveled to Pueblo for their Jan. 29 game. McMullin scored twice, while Williams and Dmitri Smith had single goals.

Rangers’ backup goalie Marcus Smith improved to 4-0 while making 48 saves. He has not allowed a goal in 204 minutes.

Lewis-Palmer’s Jan. 31 game with Cheyenne Mountain was postponed due to weather. No makeup date has been announced.