The Northern Colorado Eagles junior hockey team won one game and lost one game to the Provo Predators last weekend at Greeley Ice Haus.
Just six days before the first of two games against Provo, Eagles goaltender Charles-Anthony Barbeau scored six goals on 26 shots in an Oct. 8 loss to Pueblo, an experience that marked and motivated the goaltender.
“Barbs brought it all week in practice and was determined to bounce back from a tough performance last weekend against Pueblo,” said Steve Haddon, head coach of the Eagles junior hockey team.
Boy, did he ever.
Barbeau kicked a 30-save shutout, and four different Eagles scorers were the difference Friday night as Northern Colorado eliminated the visiting Provo Predators en route to a 4-0 victory.
A day later, NoCo goaltender Ulrik Roussel made a season-high 41 saves on 43 shots, but the Eagles offense fell flat as Provo shut out NoCo 2-0.
Provo improved to 2-2-0, while NoCo fell to 6-4-0.
On Saturday, Predators forward Gion Coray received a board-to-board pass and squeaked a wrist shot through the five holes on Roussel to put Provo ahead 1-0 with 4:02 left in the first period.
Just under five minutes into the third period, the Eagles got their best chance of the night when Predator defenseman Jackson Schaefer had to serve a double-minor for a high stick and NoCo got four minutes in. numerical advantage. Nate Jaramillo was inches away from tying the game when his one-timer from the near point hit the goal post and escaped with 12:22 left in the third period.
Predators winger Misha Mshar would have made the Eagles regret their missed chances when he fired the puck from behind the NoCo net, cashed it in on Roussel and gave Provo a 2-0 lead with 3:24 to go. do in the game.