The New Mexico Renegades hosted the visiting Boulder Jr. Bison this weekend in a three game series.
Boulder's team was too much for the Renegades on Friday night. The home team, playing with a short bench due to suspensions, was handily beaten by Coach Brent Cullaton's Bison by a final score of 12-3. Shots on goal played a huge factor in Friday's game. New Mexico's tired club managed only 20 shots on the Boulder goal, while New Mexico's netminder, Joe Jagers, faced almost three times as many shots. Jagers, who finished with a game save percentage of .7966, made 47 stops in the losing effort. New Mexico's Derek Pellett picked up a goal in the contest and DJ Pyle contributed by netting two goals.
On Saturday night, New Mexico had a stronger effort, but still fell to Boulder. The final score on Saturday night was 5-2. New Mexico managed 28 shots on net in the contest; Boulder 33 shots. Cody Miller and newcomer Jacob Robertson each had a goal and Renegade's goaltender, Herbie Kyles, stopped 28 of 33 shots.
Sunday afternoon's game would yield similar results as the home club fell again by a score of 9-2. Colton Ishmael took his turn in net, making 44 saves on 53 shots. Dan Bogdan and Daren Glover eached picked up a goal in Sunday's effort.
New Mexico falls to 7-35-0-1. The Jr. Bison currently sit second in the division standings, behind the first place El Paso Rhinos, with a record of 24-16-0-0. New Mexico takes on the visting San Antonio Diablos this weekend on Friday, January 22, Saturday, January 23, and Sunday, January 24.
Renegades roster changes:
Forward Alec Hanock left the club to play for the Salem Ice Dogs in the Empire Hockey League and defenseman John Connolly has returned to Scotland. Connolly has been picked up the Edinburgh Capitals in the Elite Hockey League where he will join former New Mexico Scorpion, Michael Beynon.
New Mexico welcomed Josh Pickett to the Renegades line up. Pickett comes to New Mexico via San Antonio, TX. Jacob Robertson, who had been playing in Boulder, is now also part of the Renegades roster.