Girls U19 hockey team wins Adele Dombrowski tourney
Steamboat Springs — Tanner Stover enjoys her role as the only senior on the Steamboat Springs U19 girls’ hockey team. The goalie said the rest of the girls look up to her and listen to what she has to say, her giddy personality difficult to ignore.
And after the weekend Stover just had, it only made sense the players flocked to her when the Adele Dombrowski girls’ hockey tournament came to an end Sunday at the Howelsen Ice Arena.
“She works really hard and she is so great. She definitely kept us in this the whole time,” said junior captain Maura Glynn. “We were definitely feeling the pressure to win it, just because we’ve never won it. Our goalie this year, she is a senior, and she really wanted to win it, too. It was a lot of motivation.”
For the first time since 2010 — and for the first time since most of these girls started competing as part of the Steamboat Hockey Association — the U19 team won the Adele Dombrowski tournament, ending a long stretch of almosts and what ifs.
Steamboat went 4-0 during the weekend, outscoring its opponents 20-1 to win the tournament, which is named for a former Steamboat Springs High School senior who died in her sleep in 2005. Dombrowski, then 17, was an avid hockey player.
“To finally get first place and not runner up is amazing,” Stover said. “We earned this. Our teamwork this year has been so insane. And we finally pulled out this amazing win and I am so happy for us. It’s awesome.”
The tournament started Friday, with Steamboat’s U19 team beating Summit County 7-0. Steamboat played twice Saturday, beating Telluride 4-1 and Denver’s Colorado Select 5-0. Stover isn’t sure what happened on the goal she allowed against Telluride, saying it hit her foot and disappeared beneath her.
However, following Sunday’s 4-0 win in the championship game, a rematch with Colorado Select, Stover felt she could live with just allowing one goal in four games.
“I was really surprised,” Stover said. “I just don’t really expect to ever get a shutout, because I know these other teams are coming to beat me up. To get three shutouts is the accomplishment of my life.”
Steamboat never gave Colorado Select much of a chance Sunday, taking a 2-0 lead after a period with goals from Samantha Stabile and Jacquelyn Brown, barely a minute apart. The team tacked on two more goals in the second period, a score each coming from sisters Maddie and Emma Thompson.
The penalty-filled final period was a chance for Stover to show off her skills, with neither team fielding a full five players for longer than a few minutes.
“She is probably the best goalie in the league. It’s nice having her back there,” said Steamboat U19 coach Kent Foster. “They’ve all played together, on and off, for the last seven or eight years. So as a cohesive group, it’s definitely there. And that’s a big part of hockey.”
Steamboat’s U19 team is 4-2 in league play and was runner up in another tournament this season. But after the weekend’s emphatic and dominating run to their own tournament title, the girls believe this could be the start of a strong run toward even bigger goals the rest of the way.
“This will help fuel the rest of our season a little bit,” Glynn said. “It was really exciting. We have never won it and a lot of the older girls have won it and they are kind of the people we looked up to all throughout the time we’ve been playing hockey. This tournament means a lot to us.”
The U12 and U14 portions of the Adele Dombrowski tournament were both won by Salt Lake City’s Lady Lightning. Steamboat’s U12 team went 0-3 in pool play, while the U14 team went 1-1-1.
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