Sports briefs: Sailors hockey falls, 2-1 in OT |

Sports briefs: Sailors hockey falls, 2-1 in OT

Luke Graham

Mick Dierdorff

— It'll be something Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff will continue to grill into his team.

To get to the level Ruff thinks the Sailors can — that starts at a Final Four appearance — there simply can't be any letdowns.

Steamboat had one of those letdowns Saturday against Doherty, falling 2-1 in overtime.

The Sailors (8-3-2) got a Vladan Chase goal three minutes into the game, but Doher­ty's Erick Chewakin scored on the power play 22 seconds into the second period to tie the game at 1.

Ruff said Steamboat lost the game in the second period. He said the Sailors looked confused and let the Spartans back into the game.

Steamboat out-shot Doherty, 27-21, in regulation and looked like it had it won in overtime, but the referees ruled that a Sailors goal didn't count.

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Just minutes later, Doherty's Braden Johnson put in the game-winner.

"We really need to play 45 minutes of hockey," Ruff said. "We can't let another team back into the game. It's something that I've said from Game 1. It is something that every team has to be able to do to play at championship level of hockey."

Steamboat resumes play at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Pueblo County.

That game is part of a stretch of six games in nine days.

SSWSC impresses during SmartWool race Saturday

With multiple college skiers in attendance getting a look at the Sitz/See Me course where the NCAA Championships will be held in March, several athletes from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club more than held their own at a SmartWool-sponsored giant slalom race.

Sam Glaisher was the top men's finisher in sixth place. Scott Ptach finished seventh, Erik Peterson finished 10th and Murphy Roberts finished 15th. Eric Davis won the race.

On the women's side, Lexi Baden was the top Winter Sports Club finisher in eighth. Katie Hostetler finished 10th, and Natalie Pearl finished 12th. Katie Hartman won the race.

Dierdorff struggles during Snowboard X quarterfinals 

Steamboat Springs Snow­board X competitor Mick Dierdorff failed to get out of the first round of Saturday's finals at X Games 14 in Aspen.

Dierdorff had qualified 16th for the finals but struggled in his opening heat and couldn't make the semifinal round.

His quarterfinals time of 1:42.908 was four seconds slower than his qualifying time.

Nate Holland won the gold medal, Seth Westcott won the silver and Alberto Schlavon won the bronze.

Adaptive team continues strong showing Saturday

U.S. adaptive cross-country skier Andy Soule padded his overall World Cup lead in the biathlon series by finishing third at an event in Besson, France.

Soule skied a good race and missed only two shots in the range. Norway's Trygve Larsen shot clean and was the overall winner. All the U.S. athletes advanced to the quarterfinals in the sprint, with Chris Klebl and Sean Halsted advancing to the semifinals.