Steamboat bantams undefeated in last three

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— The Steamboat Springs bantam "A" team maintained its hold on second place in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey league last weekend with strong showings in two games against Colorado Springs.

In the its last three games, the Steamboat team collected two wins and a tie. The squad is now 20-11 overall and 14-5 in league play. The bantams will have their weekend off, but will resume the season on Feb. 17 at a two-day tournament featuring teams from Arvada, Boulder, Aspen, Denver Country Club, Pueblo and Fort Collins. The team's regular season will come to a close on Feb. 24 against Summit County.

Steamboat recently hosted Summit County on Feb. 10-11 at Howelsen Hill. The local team blasted Summit 5-0 in the game. Steamboat goalkeeper Tim Higbee recorded his eighth shutout of the season as Philip Bush and Chris Baumann provided the offensive spark. Each of the players scored twice in the game. Chris Timmerman added the other score. Casey Earp, Brad Bonner and Baumann each had assists in the game.

On Feb. 3, the local team hosted the YAHA I squad from Colorado Springs and skated to a tie.

Steamboat outshot the visitors 30-11 in the game, but scored just once when Nick Pruett slipped the puck past the Colorado Springs defender. Earp and Baumann were given credit for the assist.

On Feb. 4, the same two teams returned to the ice. This time, the local squad collected a 6-2 win behind a hat trick from Bush.

Other Steamboat scores came from Matt LeGrice, Earp, and Baumann. Assists were provided by Timmerman, Pruett, Bush and Brad Bonner. Higbee was tough in goal once again, stopping 22 shots in the game.

Steamboat is currently second in the league standings behind Casper. YAHA is third, Vail is fourth, Aspen is fifth and Summit is in sixth place in the standings as the season starts to wind down. Tournament play begins the first week of March.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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