Cheyenne Mountain knew if it kept firing away, eventually the puck would find the back of the net.
The Indians just didn't expect to tally the winner the way they did Wednesday night.
A clearing attempt by Indians senior defenseman Bricyn Ward caromed off a stanchion near center ice and rocketed past surprised Rampart junior goalie Brandon Seifert while he skated toward the corner, where he expected to collect the puck.
Instead of rolling into the corner, the puck sailed in behind Seifert for a 1-0 lead midway through the second period in an eventual 3-0 win. It was Ward's first high school goal and point for the Indians (2-2, 1-0 Peak Conference).
"I was just trying to clear the puck like they taught us to do," Ward said. "I saw it was headed toward the goal but I figured the goalie would get it. I realized he wouldn't once it went between the circles. It was amazing."
"It was a much-needed goal," Cheyenne Mountain coach Erik Austin said. "We had been buzzing for 11/2 periods and we got a lucky bounce."
The fluky goal did not negate an otherwise strong performance by Seifert, who had 43 saves. Cheyenne Mountain out shot the Rams by a 13-1 margin in the opening period and 46-11 for the league game.
"We have been working really hard to improve in our D-zone and the guys did a good job keeping the puck to the outside," Seifert said. "I just felt really good all game long."
"He was great all game long," Ward said. "He just got caught out of position trying to help out his team."
The Indians maintained consistent possession, even during the Rampart power plays at the Sertich Ice Center.
Although Cheyenne Mountain dictated much of the play, Rampart (0-1, 0-1), had a goal disallowed during the second period or it could have been 1-1 headed into the third.
"It could have been a whole different game but what can you do?" Rams coach Joshua McIntosh said.
Cheyenne Mountain, which won four games last season, sealed its second victory this campaign when junior Doug Klopenstine fired a one-timer past Seifert off a crossing pass from Greg Liquori with 5:18 remaining in the third. The Indians tallied a power-play goal by Casey Kosley, assisted by Klopenstine, with 52.1 seconds left for the final margin
Rampart, 0-19 last season, put in a gritty effort on defense. They blocked 16 shots and kept most of the Cheyenne Mountain attempts outside the faceoff circles. Seifert did not give up many rebounds and when he did, Ram defenders were quick to clear the puck from out front.