The Butte-Miles City combined hockey team competed in the state tournament this past weekend.
Helena 10, BMC 0
Being the lowest seed in their group, the B-MC team had to open against top-ranked Helena. With only nine skaters and two goalies, the outnumbered B-MC team did its best to hold off the Bighorns. Senior Cody Lane was named B-MC’s MVP for the game for outstanding defensive play.
Havre 9, BMC 4
BMC played Havre to a 4-4 draw in the first and third periods of their second game. Unfortunately, they lost the second period 5-0.
Cody Lane scored a goal assisted by John Liebel and Anthony Cooney in the first. Caleb smith tallied the next one with assists from Teal Taylor and Jason Harris. In the third, Alex Kent had an unassisted goal on a wrap around. Kent scored again in the period on assists from Smith and Cooney. Gage Braden was cited for his physical play and hustle. Mickell Mannel was between the pipes for the first and second periods, and senior Quinn Hopkins for the third. The pair stopped 27 shots .
Billings 2, BMC 1
B-MC saved its best for last, as they held one the top teams to two goals and nearly earned the tie in the final minutes.
Trenton Hartman was able to join his team after a traffic accident in Billings on the way to the tournament. Trenton was unharmed in the accident. He provided some jump to the team with some nice shots, one clanging off the post.
Mickell Mannel was in goal for half the game and stopped 17 0f 19 shots.
Playing his last high school game, Quinn Hopkins stoned the Bulls the rest of the way, stopping all 18 shots that came his way.
Midway through the third period, Teal Taylor jumped on an errant Billings pass and slapped it into the back of the net.
Down one, the team tried furiously to tie it but came up short. Reno Nicholson made some nice passes in the comeback.
Cody Lane wore the the captain’s “C” on the front of his jersey with pride for Butte-Miles City. Cody played his entire youth hockey career for Butte.