It would be a surprise if Regis Jesuit's Carter Schick and Gage Bussey didn't step onto the ice for Friday's game against Pacific Conference rival Cherry Creek with an abundance of confidence. After all, it was just three weeks ago that the duo sparked the Raiders' 6-2 victory over the Bruins at the fourth annual CPHL Early Bird Tournament.
Schick, a sophomore forward, scored two goals and Bussey, one of the CPHL's top goaltenders, stopped 27 of 29 shots for Regis Jesuit (1-0, 0-0).
Schick, who had two goals in a regular-season-opening victory over the Hyland Hills 18U AA squad on Sept. 11, tallied three goals and three assists in 11 combined games (Early Bird and the ninth annual Twisted Wrister tournaments) leading up to the game against the Jaguars.
Bussey's stopped 135 of 154 shots he's faced through seven games this season for an .877 save percentage, and he's already notched four victories.
Cherry Creek will have to find a way to give Schick and Bussey a tougher task to win this rematch.
The Bruins opened their regular season slate with a 7-5 loss to Denver East on Sept. 5. They defeated Mountain Vista 3-1 six days later and capped last weekend with a 5-4 victory over Hyland Hills.
Riley Hunt-Bahn had two goals and two assists against the Jaguars and already has 10 goals and four assists for the Bruins (2-0, 1-0), including half a dozen in six games at the Early Bird Tournament.
Payne Pent has continued to be a scoring threat, with five goals and an assist in Cherry Creek's three regular-season games, giving the forward nine goals and four assists in nine total games this season.
Goalie Brent Altschuler won three of four games in the Early Bird Tournament, in which he compiled a 1.42 goals-against average (GAA) while stopping 70 of 75 shots.