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Lady luck shines on local team

The Steamboat Springs men’s traveling hockey team visited Las Vegas last weekend and took first place in the Lady Luck tournament.

Steamboat won three out of four games in the men’s over-30 competition and beat a team of all-stars from Chicago in the tournament’s championship game by a score of 2-1.

“It was a great tournament,” Steamboat goalkeeper Peter Van De Carr said. “It (the Steamboat team) was kind of a thrown together side.”



Van De Carr said most of the players came from Steamboat, however, was from Chicago, two came from Vail and one was from Salt Lake City.

“We didn’t win from well-rehearsed skill,” Van De Carr said. “But we just played hard and won the thing.”



Steamboat opened the tournament on April 7 against a team from British Columbia and came out on top, 2-0.

Steamboat scores came from Bobby Banks in the first period. He got an assist from Bruce and Scott McPherson. Then Chris Delany added a goal in the second period with a helping hand from Dan Haggarty. The tournament featured a format that made the most effective use of ice time. The men’s team played two 18-minute periods — instead of the more traditional three-period (15-minutes each) system.

That same day, the local team lost to the Michigan Bandits in a 5-2 game.

The Steamboat men gave up five goals in the first period. The team tightened up in the second frame, shutting the Michigan team down and netting two goals. John Barkal scored the first Steamboat goal and John Worden added the other.

On April 8, the local team picked up another win — this time in a 5-3 contest against the Denver Missing Links.

Haggarty had two goals. Barkal, John Johnston and Brad Telepo each netted one. Four of the Steamboat goals came on short-handed efforts in the game.

“We had some problems with penalties, but we were able to overcome them,” Worden said.

The win set up another meeting with the Michigan team.

The Steamboat team got a nice wrap-around goal from Barkal in the first period. Rick Boese scored the winning goal.

–To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net


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