Sailors open hockey season with big win
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — They cheered through the game, cheered on the ice and, afterward, they cheered in the locker room.
There was plenty to be happy about Friday for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team, which opened its season with a rousing 5-2 win at home against Chaparral.
“It was a wonderful way to start the season,” coach Ernie Thiel said. “We got off to a rough start. We were a little slow and behind, but we acclimated quick and we took advantage of our opportunities.”
Steamboat and its goalie, Peyton Tritz, held out through a sustained assault that lasted much of the game. He compiled 44 saves. The Sailors were outshot 19-3 in the first period, then 27-10 in the second.
In the second, however, Steamboat managed to make the most of its shots and take control of the game.
A game that was slow through the first period — at least on the scoreboard — exploded in the second.
Steamboat senior Luke Borgerding got the scoring started 3 minutes into the second period, slapping home a goal from 35 feet.
His classmate David LaPointe, then put away two goals, each coming on one-on-one breakaways where he found himself alone looking at the goalie. He took his time on both, then flipped the puck high over the goalie’s right hand each time.
Chaparral did manage to answer in there, first getting a goal from Tyler Johnson, then another from Carter Deel, but LaPointe’s second sent the Sailors to the locker room with a 3-2 lead.
“He definitely has a phenomenal shot, and knows how to close the deal,” Thiel said. “It was fantastic to capitalize on those opportunities.”
Steamboat added to it in the third, getting two goals from junior Cameron Colombo. His first came off a rebound from a sharp Sean Sullivan shot. Colombo was trailing the play and crashed hard toward the net, sliding the puck in then flying off his skates and into the boards.
His second came just several minutes later and finished the game off.
“We took advantage of a few miscues on their part,” Thiel said. “Our guys had their heads up and got the pucks to the right people.”
Next up for the Sailors is a game at 3 p.m. Saturday, again at home, this time against regional rival Battle Mountain.
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