Competition gets best of Chix at state |

Competition gets best of Chix at state

The No. 6 seed Aspen team topped the Women’s Association of Colorado Hockey state tournament last weekend to earn bragging rights in the state.

Steamboat’s Chix with Stix women’s hockey team lost all three games at the tournament and placed sixth in the Division A final standings.

Despite the team’s record in the final tournament of the season, the players skated off the ice knowing they had given it their all.

“In all of the playoff games, the top four positions were decided by one or two goals and one went to overtime,” Chix player Lee Cox said. “It was very difficult to establish seeding because all of the teams are very even.”

The WACH tournament included an upper A division and a lower B division. Both divisions included six different teams from around the state. Steamboat played in the upper division with teams from Aspen, Vail, Boulder and Denver.

Aspen, the lowest seeded team headed into the tournament, won the division. The Rocky Mountain Rockets were second and top-seed Vail placed third. The University of Colorado team placed fourth, the Denver Bandits were fifth and Steamboat was sixth.

Breckenridge won the B division. The University of Denver was second, Fort Collins was third and Colorado College was fourth. The Arapahoe Chill, the host team, placed fifth and the Front Range Flyers were sixth.

Steamboat fell to Vail in the opener, 3-1. Diane Dwire scored the Steamboat team’s only goal on an unassisted effort in the first period. Vail scored in each of the periods to earn the win.

Steamboat fell to CU in the second game 3-2. Cindy Arnis scored in the first period for Steamboat with the help Lee Cox and Betsy Winchester.

But the Boulder players answered less than a minute later with a goal of their own and the period ended at 1-1.

Colorado added another goal in the second period and held the advantage until early in the third when the Chix netted the game-tying goal.

This time Jen Rose chalked up the score for Steamboat with an assist from Sheila Cahur. But in the final minutes of play, CU added another score to take the win.

The Denver Bandits blasted a flat Steamboat team in the Chix’ final outing this season. The Chix were shut out in the final game, 3-0.

–To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail

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