Sailors hockey sees victory slip away late at Denver East |

Sailors hockey sees victory slip away late at Denver East

Ben Ingersoll

— A night after being blasted by the reigning state champions, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team rebounded nicely but couldn’t hold on to a late lead against Denver East.

The Angels — an upstart team playing its first season as a hockey program — erased a 2-1 Sailors lead in the final period, edging Steamboat, 3-2.

“This was a tough one,” Steamboat coach Chris Campanelli said. “They were pretty stacked. Our kids played their hearts out. It’s just tough.”

Campanelli praised his extremely young team’s ability to put a 7-1 loss from Friday night behind them. There were plenty of positives, he said, but the Sailors couldn’t help but feel as if they let one get away.

“We keep saying what we can as far as building from positives and tightening what we can to create good energy, but we really felt like we had them and should have won it,” Campanelli said.

Steamboat committed just one penalty in the game and had 19 shots to Denver East’s 20, but it wasn’t enough in the third period.

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Peter Wharton and David Cropper scored the Sailors’ two goals.

Steamboat’s next contest is at 6 p.m. Monday at Summit.

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