Fights, losses mar BYU hockey’s weekend against Montana Tech

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BYU’s Blake Dorton speaks with an official in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Montana Tech. (Maddi Davis)

The BYU hockey team lost back-to-back games against Montana Tech this weekend. The Cougars lost 6-3 Friday night and 5-3 Saturday night.

“Last night we got down early and had to claw ourselves back in, and by then it was too late,” head coach Ed Gantt said. “Tonight I thought this was one of the best games we’ve ever played, even though the score didn’t show it.”

Montana Tech scored early in the first period of Saturday’s game as the intensity between the two teams rose.

“Today was a dog fight,” Jared Gantt said. “We came out and played really hard. It was the little things that we messed up on.”

BYU responded halfway through the second period with a slap shot goal from Jared Gantt and took the lead less than a minute later with a goal from Axel Boyer. The physicality rose as a couple of fights broke out, including one with a fan, resulting in two players being ejected.

“It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion,” Boyer said.

The third period sealed the game with an additional three goals from Montana Tech.

“We had five mistakes, and they capitalized on all of them,” coach Gantt said.

BYU hosts Montana State in back-to-back games next weekend, with both games starting at 7 p.m.

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