Steamboat hockey Midgets stand atop state |

Steamboat hockey Midgets stand atop state

When the season started, they didn’t even know if there’d be a team.

Steamboat Springs’ Midget hockey team did more than just exist, however; it won its state tournament last weekend, finishing the season with a shiny 12-3-1 record.

The Midget squad fits somewhere in with the Steamboat Springs High School team. It’s sort of a junior varsity squad, but not exactly, as some players opt off that team and onto the Midget squad. 
The team didn’t have 10 athletes before the season started, but its ranks swelled just enough to allow the squad to skate.

Once on the ice, everything seemed easier.

The team capped a strong regular season last weekend by winning both games in its season-ending tournament. Playing in Breckenridge, it first took care of business against a Heritage High School squad from LIttleton. Then, Steamboat beat Aspen, 5-2, which had handled Gunnison on the other side of the bracket.

“Aspen beat us earlier in the season, so it was a really good game we played,” Coach Casey Earp said.

The league isn’t meant to be quite as serious as a high school league can be, and at the same time, Earp hoped to help prepare some of his young high school skaters to take that next step.

No question, the team got the most out of the experience.

“We were out there to have as much fun as possible,” Earp said, “and to get a little better at the game of hockey.”

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