Win again just out of reach for Steamboat |

Win again just out of reach for Steamboat

— Somehow the game again was close, but not quite enough for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team Friday night.

A late rally from their opponents beat the Sailors for the third time in as many games as the team dropped to 0-5.

This time it was Dakota Ridge, another road game, and two late goals, one at the end of the second and one in the third, that beat Steamboat, 2-1.

It’s been tough, coach Chris Campanelli admitted, but far from devastating.

“These boys are working hard and they’re doing well,” he said. “These kids are playing fantastic for me and they’re making my job easy because their morale is so positive. I’m not worrying about anything crumbling inside the locker room.”

Steamboat got an early goal Friday from Brandon Selby and strong play in goal from Jackson Draper.

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“We felt like we had a really good chance,” Campanelli said. “In the third period, we couldn’t get anything to go our way as far as capitalizing on some good opportunities, but the boys played well.”

Steamboat will take another crack at that first win Saturday against Regis Jesuit, which improved to 3-0 on Friday with a 13-0 win against Kent Denver.