By Ali Williams
In two home games, the BYU IceCats beat the visiting Metro State Roadrunners Friday and Saturday night, Feb. 3-4, 2006, at the Peaks Ice Arena.
The IceCats jumped out to an early lead on Saturday with six first-period goals and skated to a 12-1 win.
?We have no problem scoring goals and getting them early,? BYU head coach Ed Gantt said. ?The good thing about tonight is that we didn?t give up any late goals which was a big step for us.?
The IceCats lost their bid for a shutout when Metro State scored five minutes into the third period. From there the BYU ended the game on a four-goal burst.
?Tonight was an emotional one for us,? Gantt said. ?There was a big crowd and we did what needed to be done.?
BYU captain Mark Ostebo enjoyed the big win.
?The win boosts us and it?s always fun to kill a team,? he said. ?The team morale is really high right now.?
The story was much the same Friday evening, Feb. 3, 2006, as the IceCats scored early and often to beat the Roadrunners 8-4.
IceCat Derek Battisti attributes the early scoring to line chemistry.
?Jason Griffiths, Aaron Domer and I have really started clicking and putting things together,? Battisti said. ?I give all the credit to my line-mates.?
However, in a game that one player called ?a circus,? the last two minutes of the game was filled with more fighting than skating.
?They were a pretty physical team, but we handled them,? Ostebo said. ?We hit them pretty hard.?
BYU players Beau Adams and Mike Nathan and two Metro State players were disqualified for fighting and therefore were ineligible to play in Saturday?s game.
?The last few minutes of that game was not IceCats hockey,? Gantt said. ?We just don?t do that stuff.?