Steamboat Springs hockey team collects Kingdom Cup title in Breckenridge
Steamboat Springs — David Lapointe beat the Roaring Fork goaltender to give the Steamboat Springs hockey team a 2-1 lead, and then teammate Peyton Tritz closed the door by stopping the final shot of Sunday’s overtime shootout to ensure his team took home this year’s Kingdom Cup title.
“It was pretty exciting,” assistant coach Brian Ripley said of the game, which was played in Breckenridge Sunday. “We played three overtimes. The first was four-on-four, then it went to three-on-three and then the shootout.”
Steamboat and Roaring Fork each had three shooters in the final overtime period. Tritz, who shared time in the net with teammate Patrick Sumner, came up with a big stop on Roaring Fork’s first shooter, and Luke Borgerding gave the Steamboat team the early advantage by placing his shot past the goal keeper.
Roaring Fork was able to even things up in the next go around by scoring, and after Steamboat’s Andrew Mitchell missed the mark on his attempt, the penalty tie-breaker was tied at 1 goal each with the final shooters on the ice for the final shots.
LaPointe scored, and Tritz blocked the Roaring Fork shooter bringing the game, and the tournament to an end in thrilling fashion.
The win over Roaring Fork, an all-star team from the Basalt and Aspen area, was one of four games the Steamboat team won in the tournament. The local team played two games on Oct. 7 coming away with a tie against Fort Collins in the opener and beating Boulder in the second game.
On day two, the team skated past Summit and tied Highlands Ranch to conclude pool play with a 2-0-2 record.
Sunday morning the team worked it’s way through the brackets by beating Highlands Ranch to set up the showdown with Roaring Fork in the championship game.
“It was a great finish for this team,” Ripley said. “This is a development team for the high school program made up of mostly freshman and sophomores that have not played for or have seen limited playing time with the high school program. There are also a few upperclassmen that are trying to get ready for the start of the high school season.”
The Steamboat team also plays in the Colorado Prep Hockey League, and it’s currently 2-2-1 halfway through the season.
“The team is right in the middle of the standings,” Ripley said. “That is not bad for this young group.”
The program is run by the Steamboat Youth Hockey Association and is open to high school-aged players.
The team is scheduled to play in Eagle this weekend against a host of Front Range teams including Heritage, Regis and Valor Christian. The following weekend the team will be in Denver for games against Mountain Vista and Dakota Ridge.
The season will come to a close with three home games at the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena on Oct. 28, 29 and 30.
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