Everything seemingly had turned in Evergreen’s favor as the third period wound down, and then came the fourth quarter. Senior night for the Cougars was spoiled in a matter of 3 minutes, 45 seconds as visiting Douglas County, behind three of Josh Miller’s four goals, scored five consecutive times and held off Evergreen 12-9 on May 2 at Evergreen High School.
“They definitely rallied in the fourth quarter,” Evergreen head coach Toby Gerard said. “It’s sort of been the story of our season: one good quarter one bad quarter. Unfortunately, the timing of the one bad quarter was at the end. Credit to Douglas County. They battled up, and they had some good passing movement in the crease and everything, and they were able to convert on their shot.”
Stephan Wade added a hat trick, Cody Bolan and Caleb Johnson scored twice, and James Delahaye scored for the Huskies (5-10), who snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Douglas County scored six consecutive goals between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the third to turn a three-goal deficit into a 7-4 lead before the Cougars (5-10) rallied with three straight Alec Hallman goals to end the third tied at 7. Then the bottom fell out.
“We lost a lot of momentum,” said Hallman, who finished with a career-high six goals. “We were working so hard to get the goals on the board, and then you give them away. It’s so demoralizing.”
Hallman, one of eight seniors on this year’s squad, has 16 goals on the season, but that couldn’t keep Evergreen from losing for the seventh time in nine games.
“It would’ve been a lot better if we had a win, though,” Hallman said. “We left it out on the field. That’s most important.”
“Hats off to Alec Hallman, one of the captains, one of the senior leaders on the team. It was just a phenomenal game for him tonight. I couldn’t have asked any more from him in terms of leadership, in terms of personality, in terms of outlook. He’s a great kid, a great player,” Gerard said.
Well, there’s one thing maybe he could’ve asked for.
“I wish he did that in every game this season instead of the last one,” Gerard joked.
Davis Darrington, Carson Fletcher and Connor Townsend scored the Cougars’ other goals.
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