Penalties cost Steamboat hockey in first defeat |

Penalties cost Steamboat hockey in first defeat

SSHS hockey results

Dec. 1 @ Battle Mountain, 2-1 Win

Dec. 4 vs. Aspen, 5-2 Win

Dec. 5 @ Resurrection Christian, 5-4 Win (OT)

Dec. 11, @ Lewis-Palmer, 3-2 Loss

Friday vs. Summit, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday vs. Regis Jesuit, 3 p.m.

— Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Chris Campanelli thinks penalties have hurt the Sailors since game one, but it wasn’t until Friday’s game at Lewis-Palmer High School that penalties cost them in the win-loss column.

“We had no penalties in the first period, but it was penalties in the third that cost us the game,” Campanelli said. “Being undefeated was a good feeling, but now, we have to realize every minute counts, and we have to be real careful with the penalties that we get.”

Steamboat (3-1), ranked No. 7 in the latest poll, lost for the first time this season Friday, falling 3-2 against No. 9 Lewis-Palmer (1-1) in Monument. It was a third-period, power-play goal by the Rangers when they had a two-man advantage that proved to be the difference.

“We really felt like after stealing one at Resurrection Christian and coming from behind to do what we did, we felt like we kind of let this one go,” Campanelli said. “At the end of the contest, we definitely felt we were the more dominant team.”

SSHS led 2-0 late in the first period after goals by junior Andrew Mitchell and sophomore Nate Kelly. But Lewis-Palmer scored with 16 seconds remaining in the first and tied the game at 2-2 with a second goal less than a minute into the second period.

Then, a flurry of third-period penalties against SSHS, including one five-minute major, left the Sailors in a personnel disadvantage that led to the game winner.

“We had some bad penalties, and I think we realize that’s something we have to work on,” Campanelli said. “They won with grace, and now they’ve lost with grace and respect, and I was proud of the fact that we didn’t do anything dumb.”

The Sailors have two games remaining before the winter break, both at home. They host Summit at 6:30 p.m. Friday, before No. 2-ranked Regis Jesuit visits the Howelsen Ice Arena at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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