Sailor hockey opens season with win |

Sailor hockey opens season with win

— Coming off a 3-16 season, one game isn’t going to fix everything that plagued the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team a year ago.

But at the same time, the Sailors hope Tuesday’s season-opening 2-1 win at Battle Mountain is a sign of things to come.

“The kids had a lot of good, positive things happen on the ice,” SSHS coach Chris Campanelli said. “I felt like we were a lot more physical.”

Campanelli said the team wants to put up more shots than a season ago, and in Tuesday’s opener, the Sailors did just that.

An early onslaught of shots led to a pair of first-period goals by Steamboat, the first from Jordan Gorr and the second from Jack Coon.

Battle Mountain got one goal back in the second period, but stellar play from both goalies in the final period kept both teams from adding anything more.

“We put over 40 shots on their goal tender who seemed to keep them in the game most of the night,” Campanelli said. “Both goalies played outstanding. Jackson Draper held us in to keep that 2-1 victory.”

Steamboat (1-0) will be back on the ice Friday, hosting Aspen at 6:30 p.m. for the Sailors’ home opener. The squad then travels to Loveland to play at Resurrection Christian on Saturday.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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