Steamboat teams second at Adele tourney
Steamboat Springs — The final result wasn’t what she had in mind, but Harriet Leeson was plenty pleased with her team’s performance in this weekend’s annual Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament.
Leeson’s team, Steamboat’s U19 squad, was one of two Steamboat squads to finish second there. It lost Sunday afternoon in the championship round against Vail 3-0.
“We just weren’t skating to the puck hard enough,” said Leeson, a team captain. “They’re a good team. We did what we could, but they were there more.”
That was the only big hiccup of the weekend, however. The team tied with Vail in pool play, going 2-1-1 in games played Friday and Saturday. Steamboat beat Telluride 4-3 and Summit 4-0, while earning a draw against Vail 3-3.
Steamboat’s U14 team faced a similar weekend. It went 2-1 in pool play, its only loss coming against Summit. It beat Aspen 3-2 and Vail 2-1 to earn a spot in the championship game. It couldn’t overcome Summit on its second try, however, falling 2-1.
Steamboat also had a U12 team which went 0-4. The Lady Rough Riders, a team from Boulder, won that division with a 6-2 win in the championship game against Aspen.
“It was a good weekend,” Leeson said. “Earlier in the season, we’d lost a bunch of games, so this touranment was really awesome to come out and win. We were working really well as a team. We had a new goalie, Paige Hansen, and she was great.
“This is definitely a weekend we look forward to. We love playing in this tournament, especially for Adele. She was such an influential figure and still is for us, so it’s really fun playing for.”
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