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Sailors scuttle Hornets

Steamboat Springs beats Pueblo, 3-2

Tracy Renck

Steamboat Springs — Traffic, in hockey, is a good thing. — Traffic, in hockey, is a good thing.

— Traffic, in hockey, is a good thing.

Especially when it happens in front of the opponent’s goalie.

Unfortunately, the Pueblo County High School co-op hockey team couldn’t create any traffic in the second and third periods against Steamboat Springs on Friday night.

The end result was a 3-2 win for the Sailors in a nonleague game at the Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena.

“I thought offensively, we just needed more shots on the ice,” Pueblo County assistant coach Adam Wagner said.

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“We could never get any shots on rebounds. It seemed like every time we took one shot, it ended up in the (goalie’s) glove.”

Wagner coached Pueblo County against Steamboat because the Hornets’ head coach, Will Harris, had to sit out after Pueblo County had 15 penalties in its last game, a 5-3 home loss to Mullen on Monday.

The Hornets’ record dropped to 1-4 on the young season. The Sailors, meanwhile, are now 1-4.

“We’ve had trouble covering up pucks in front of the net, and that’s something we really worked on this week,” Steamboat coach Jeff Ruff said.

“I was really happy with how we responded tonight.”

With the scored knotted at 2-2, Steamboat’s Cody Fritz slapped in the game-winning goal with 2:14 remaining in the second period past Pueblo County goalie Thomas Pankey.

“I was in front of the net, and the puck ended up on the doorstep and I knocked it in,” Fritz said.

“This was a big win for us, and hopefully we can string some consecutive wins together.”

Steamboat took a 1-0 edge at the 11:25 mark of the first period on a goal by Gregory Ingalls. The Hornets countered with goals by Ryan Barnes and Bryan Gerrett, the latter coming with three minutes left in the first period.

The 2-1 Pueblo County lead vanished in the second period.

Ingalls knocked the puck into the back of the net just seven seconds into the period.

“That was disappointing to have them score so fast,” Wagner said.

“The puck bounced over the skate of one of our guys, and they capitalized.”

The game remained tied until Fritz’s heroics came. The Sailors also were given a boost by the solid play in goal by Matthew Dawes.

“I was thrilled with the way we competed tonight, and Matthew did a good job in goal for us,” Ruff said.

Wagner knows his team has to use the Christmas break

to mesh.

“The guys need to spend time together and bond and regroup and come back ready to play,” Wagner said.