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Brees nets winner in OT

In a rare Monday afternoon game, the Steamboat Springs hockey team continued its aggressive play, defeating Pine Creek 2-1 in overtime.

Sailor senior goalkeeper Cooper Lee and Pine Creek goalie Galen Dahl, a former Steamboat Springs resident, battled to a draw in the first period.

Pine Creek managed to get on the board early in the second period by sneaking a double rebound shot past Lee, high on the glove side.

Steamboat (4-1 overall and 1-0 in league) answered less than 2 minutes later with its own scoring shot from the stick of senior Chris Timmerman.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net for the remainder of the second, with the Sailors playing short handed for the majority of the period.

Lee and Dahl continued their strong play throughout the third period, turning away the opposition’s shots. The defenses in front of both goalkeepers played well, too.

Despite the pace, the third period ended tied at 1-1 and the Eagles facing a penalty kill.

“It’s one of the fastest periods we have played all year.” said Sailor forward Casey Earp.

An 8-minute overtime period started with the Sailors up a man for the first 1 minute, 34 seconds.

Despite the man advantage, the Sailors were unable to capitalize on the power play.

Once Pine Creek was back at full strength, Steamboat made its game-winning play.

Off assists from seniors Matt Legrice and Taylor Leary, junior Ryan Brees split the defense and managed to slip a shot past Dahl for the winning goal.

The winning goal by Brees, a first-year skater for Steamboat, was his second this year.

“Cooper really kept us in it and gave us a chance to win” senior Curtis Nelson said. “He saved the game for us stopping 40 of 41 shots, including overtime.”

“We really needed this win to go into the holiday break on a positive note,” Leary said.

Steamboat is on a mandatory winter break until after the New Year.

Steamboat takes the ice at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3 against Regis for the Sailors’ second league game of the year.


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