Lambkins unable to snap losing streak in back-and-forth matchup


Defenseman Quinn Tarr attempting to getting around a Castle View attacker.

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Editor

The Fort Collins Ice Hockey team continued to struggle in their 4-3 home loss against the Castle View Sabercats.

The first half of the period was a defensive battle, with neither team giving up any quality chances during the opening portion. This all changed as the Lambkins were given a power play late in the first. PSD was able to capitalize on the man advantage with a slapshot goal from sophomore forward Noah Papadatos. After 17 minutes of action, the Lambkins held a distinct 1-0 advantage. 

PSD continued the pressure to start the second with an aggressive puck pursuit strategy. The pursuit eventually paid off with another goal as Papadatos buried a rebound for his second goal of the game. 

The celebration didn’t last though, as Castle View scored less than 20 seconds later to bring the game back within a single goal. After both teams locked it down defensively, the Lambkins held another one goal lead heading into the final frame.

PSD found themselves on unsteady footing, as the balance tipped towards the Sabercats. After a strong push, Castle View tied the game at two halfway through the third. But the Lambkins didn’t waste time and went to work instead. After drawing another power play, PSD took their third lead of the game off a wrist shot from senior forward Brysen Gardner. 

After taking the lead the Lambkins were in the driver’s seat with less than five minutes remaining, and was given another chance on the power play. 

But the Sabercats refused to go away and scored two quick shorthanded goals to stun the home team and walk away with the 4-3 upset victory.

PSD continues to falter, falling to 1-7 for the season, after facing some of the toughest competition from across the state. The Lambkins will hope to snap the skid in their next matchup against Valor Christian at home on Friday, January 20 at 7:45 p.m.