Steamboat Wranglers win 1 of 3 at home against Dallas
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Wranglers won one out of their three home games against the Dallas Snipers last weekend.
Dallas 3, Steamboat 0
In the first game, it looked like neither team would score, but the Dallas Snipers scored twice in a span of 1:39 midway through the third period, then added an empty-netter for a 3-0 win over the Steamboat Wranglers on Friday. Dallas goalie Kyle Plantz stopped all 44 Wranglers shots for the shutout.
Plantz and Steamboat goaltender Jordan Belley battled in a scoreless tie for just over 49 minutes before Ben Salem scored for Dallas. On a two-on-one, Lucas Modene let go with a hard, low shot to Belley’s stick side and the rebound kicked out to Salem who popped it into the net.
The Snipers struck again when Igor Litvinenko found the net.
Hunter Best hit the empty Steamboat net from the left face-off circle on his own end of the rink to put the game away.
Dallas 4, Steamboat 1
The Wranglers took a 1-0 lead into the third period Saturday, but things fell apart as Salem tied the game. Dallas’ Jasa Jenko then scored a natural hat trick to give the Snipers a 4-1 win.
Belley did what he could for two periods, stopping all 18 shots he faced, but the Snipers recorded 21 shots in the third period, and he could no longer hold down the fort.
Alexander Aleshkin allowed Steamboat’s Andrew Demorat’s first-period goal then stopped all 21 shots he faced over the final two frames to finish with 37 saves.
At the 8:56 mark of the third period, with Dallas on a power play, Jenko positioned himself in front of the Wranglers net and redirected Simon Birkehorn’s shot from the blue line to give the Snipers their first lead of the game.
At 12:36, Jenko emerged with the puck from a scramble in the neutral zone and skated hard toward the Steamboat net, creating a two-one-one with Eric Eaton. They worked a nifty give-and-go with Jenko using his backhand to deposit the return feed past Belley.
Finally, with 1:24 left and Steamboat pressing for a goal with the extra attacker, a clearing attempt hit Jenko and bounced to Eaton, who returned it to him for the empty-netter to close out the scoring.
Steamboat 8, Dallas 5
Steamboat found its scoring touch Sunday, lighting the lamp eight times to snap an eight-game losing streak with an 8-5 win.
The Wranglers took two-goal leads of 2-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3. The first three times Dallas got the next goal to get back within one, but Adam Albert’s goal 3:36 into the third period — his third of the game — made it 6-3 Steamboat. That was a big goal and held up as the game-winner after the Snipers closed to within a goal a fourth time, thanks to tallies from Jenko and Salem.
But as resilient as the Snipers were, Steamboat was just as determined not to get swept on home ice.
Tyrell Bourke and Sven Sollander scored in the final four minutes of the game to give the Wranglers an 8-5 win. Sollander finished the game with four points, and Dalton Eagle Bear and Sebastian Culver each had three assists.
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