The BYU Cougar hockey team lost 7-2 to Montana Tech Dec. 7 because of costly mistakes against a highly skilled team.
The Cougars started the game slow, and that, along with repeated mistakes in defensive zones, proved to be too much for the Cougars to recover from. The first period ended 4-0 Montana Tech. The Cougars scored each of the next two periods, but the slow start cost the Cougars the victory as well as potential wins in the past.
“We came out slow and made a lot of mistakes,” said coach Josh Burkart.
Burkart said part of the reason for BYU’s slow starts the past few games is simply from being on the bus for long hours and getting off the bus to playing within just 10 minutes.
Although they lost, the Cougars were fortunate to have the largest number of players in uniform since the beginning of the season as a few players were able to return from injury. With the season nearing its end, the Cougars look forward to pull out a win against the University of Utah at home this week.
The Cougars’ game on Dec. 6 against Montana State, a team they beat this season, was canceled.