Local youth hockey team shows its might

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— The Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs Mite hockey team scored 27 unanswered goals against the Oak Creek Kodiacs during a double-header played at home Saturday.
Charlie Von Thaden and Jon Winkelblech each recorded hat tricks to lead Steamboat to a 14-0 win in game one. Will Hunter, Alex Bennett and Tate Tellier netted two goals and Lance Ostrom and Connor Birch each had one goal.
The team also pitched a shutout in game two, posting a 13-0 victory behind Tellier, who scored five goals. Von Thaden had another hat trick and Hunter and Winkelblech each had two goals. Bennett, who also had a goal in game two, said the Kodiacs were sluggish on the ice. The team practiced just once before facing Steamboat, Bennett said.
"It was just sort of a scrimmage for them," Bennett said. "We had lots of fun playing them."
The Steamboat Mite team improved its record to 2-1. It next will face Steamboat's Peak Mechanical team at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. That game should pose a tougher challenge for the Pediatrics team, Bennett said.
"They'll probably whoop us," he said. "We already lost to them."
In other youth hockey league action, Bart Ingalls' Steamboat squirt team tied Aspen 1-1 Saturday.
Squirt player Greg Ingalls had the team's only goal and Jeffrey Dawes, who plays goalie, stopped 24 out of 25 shots.
The defense was led by Jake Dombrowski, Matt Lettunich, Luke Hottenroth and Billy Taylor.
On Sunday, the squirts were defeated by Aspen 3-0, dropping them to 2-4-3 on the season. The team will play against the Denver Country Club Saturday in Denver.
On Sunday, the squirts conclude their two-day road stint against Colorado Springs.
Ingalls said his players made a respectable showing, considering the team is inexperienced this year.
"I think that because we're such a young team this year that I was pretty proud of the boys," Ingalls said. "The defense played excellent in that first game."
Steamboat's Pee Wee A's, who also played last weekend, were defeated 5-2 by the Vail Mountaineers in an away game Sunday.
Tanner Stillwell and Mickey O'Hara each had goals for Steamboat. For Vail, Austin Chow and Alex Biegler scored twice and Michael Henthorne also had a goal. Vail had 40 shots compared to Steamboat's 17 shots.

To reach Eric Rineer call 871-4229 or e-mail erineer@amigo.net

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