Girls hockey squad splits games Sunday |

Girls hockey squad splits games Sunday

U19 team opens up with 8-0 win but loses in afternoon, 2-0

— The seniors on Steamboat's U19 girls hockey team didn't close out their final home stand the way they wanted: celebrating a win. Instead, they had to settle for a split of Sunday's two games while knowing that outside of a few small mistakes, they went punch-for-punch with a strong Colorado Springs squad.

Steamboat skated past Colorado Springs' U16 girls squad, 8-0, Sunday morning, but gave up a pair of power play goals to lose an afternoon contest to the Colorado Springs U19 team, 2-0.

It all came together in the morning's big win. Hannah Samlowski scored a hat trick, Olivia Gorr scored twice and Claire Tegl, Megan Stabile and Alexis Stabile each scored once.

s"We picked it up. We had been lagging the last few games, but we were making good passes, shooting and following through and we were moving our feet well," Stabile said.

Things didn't come as easy in the afternoon's game. Though the squad came close to scoring on several occasions, it couldn't ever find an answer for Colorado Springs' two goals.

"It was a good battle, end to end," senior Courtney Garth said. "We got unlucky that when they got their two power plays, they were able to capitalize. We played our box well but couldn't capitalize on our offensive chances."

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The games marked the end of the team's home slate, but it does have two events left on the calendar this winter. First, the squad will travel to a Feb. 13 tournament in Fort Collins. Then, on Feb. 26, the team heads to the state tournament.