Local mites teams take 1st place
Steamboat Springs — The Mason & Morse mites won the Reach for the Peak hockey tournament title last weekend by winning four straight games in Colorado Springs.
But the team wasn’t the only local squad finding success on the road in one of the closing weekends of the youth hockey season.
Another Steamboat mites team, Steamboat Resorts, took first place in the Hyland Hills Spring Fling tournament along with a squirt team from Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat midget C team and a Steamboat mites team also took second in the same tournament.
In Colorado Springs, the Mason & Morse team topped Fort Collins (7-1), Colorado Springs (5-0) and Denver University (4-1) in the preliminary rounds.
The local team then went on to defeat Denver University in the championship game 4-3.
Mountain Resorts mites also took top honors in the Hyland Hills tournament with a first-place finish in the mites’ advanced division. They topped Hyland Hills (4-2), Cheyenne (4-2) and Arvada (8-0) en route to the championship game. That’s where they beat another team from Steamboat in a close battle.
The Steamboat “blue” mites beat the Hyland Hills Jaguars (7-1), Arvada (4-2) and Hyland Hills Puck Hogs (3-2) to get to the championship game. Then they lost a hard-fought battle with the Mountain Resorts team.
In squirts action, the Steamboat Ski Haus team took first place with wins over the Cheyenne Huskies (5-0) and the Hyland Hills’ No. 4 team (2-1). Steamboat also lost a tough 5-1 game to Hyland Hills’ No. 2 team.
Christopher Finch, Conner Birch and Alex Bennett all scored at least one goal in the first game. Emi Birch and Courtney Garth had assists.
Garth scored in the second game with an assist coming from Jace Hvambsal.
In the third game, Bennett and Hvambsal both scored.
The Steamboat team advanced to the championship game where Ski Haus beat the Cheyenne Tacks in a 6-3 overtime shootout to take the title. The game was tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation, but the Steamboat team netted four goals in the shootout to win the contest.
Connor Birch and Garth both scored in regulation. Garth, Connor Birch, Jimmy Whelihan and Bennett scored in the shootout to help the Steamboat team win.
The Steamboat Braves squirt team posted wins over two Hyland Hills teams but failed to make it to the finals.
The local midgets “C” team also competed in Hyland Hills. The midgets topped Hyland Hills’ No. 2 in the first round 4-2. Steamboat’s Burt VerHaar, Ryan Mack, Josh Davis and Nathan Proper all scored goals in the game. Derek Rule and Jamie Lokkesmoe both had assists.
Steamboat then advanced to face Hyland Hills’ No. 1 and raced to a 6-1 win.
In that game Jameson Allee, David Packert, VerHaar (2), Davis and Joe Buckley all scored goals. Allee, Mack, Alex Fragola and Packert all had assists.
Unfortunately, the local players faced Tri-Cities of Nebraska in the final round-robin game and in the championship contest.
Steamboat lost the first meeting 4-0 and lost in a shootout 7-6 in the championship.
Steamboat’s Rule, Daniel Barney, Fragola, Daniel Barney all scored in regulation. Davies and Barney also scored in the shootout.
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