Steamboat hockey wins two on road
The Steamboat Springs hockey team had 96 shots on goal in two road wins during the weekend.
The Sailors beat Colorado Academy, 2-0, on Friday in the Denver area and beat Doherty, 3-1, on Saturday in Colorado Springs.
Steamboat improves to 10-2 on the season and 4-2 in Foothills League play.
“We played real well,” Steam–boat coach Dave Strang said. “We were happy with the overall performance with the guys. Our passing was good. Obviously, we are getting our shots off.
“We started to get more creativity on our power play, even though it didn’t reflect in any of our goals.”
Steamboat had 52 shots on goal against Colorado Academy, scoring twice in the third period. The first score came with 8 minutes, 10 seconds left in the game off the stick of sophomore Cam Fritz. Sophomore Greg Ingalls and senior Gunde Schrock had the assists. Senior Jon Reese scored Steamboat’s final goal with 3:26 left. Schrock got the assist.
Sophomore goalie Jeff Dawes made eight saves.
“Teams are now starting to bring their ‘A’ game against us,” Strang said. “Colorado Academy started to unravel a bit when that first goal went in but not by much.”
On Saturday, the Sailors got two goals from defensemen and a third from junior Jim Terry, in the 3-1 victory.
Steamboat’s Alec Idoni scored the first goal with 6:39 remaining in the first period off an assist from Jacob Pearson. Idoni skated in from the blue line and ripped it top shelf, Strang said.
The Sailors’ second score was an unassisted goal from fresh–man Grant Ehrick with 33 seconds left in the second period.
“He shot it from the point,” Strang said. “I think it was deflected once if not twice in front of the net.”
Terry’s goal was scored early in the third period. Jake Stan–ford and Sam Gary were given assists. Steamboat goalie Elliot Girard turned away 15 shots on goal.
The Sailors only scored five goals on 96 shot attempts because they faced two of the top goalies in the league.
“You hit a hot goaltender, and that can be a tough thing to beat,” Strang said.
Steamboat’s next game is at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Pine Creek at Howelsen Ice Arena. Pine Creek defeated Steamboat in overtime Jan. 14. The Sailors are looking to avenge that loss before a spirited home crowd.
“The guys are pumped,” Strang said. “It’s a conference rival.”
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