Bantam hockey comes together

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— With the league tournament just around the corner the Steamboat Braves bantam "A" hockey team seems to be peaking.

"We are coming together at just the right time," coach Kent Foster said after his squad won the Arvada Winter Festival Tournament last weekend. "It's a team sport and we just have a great group of kids all working hard together."

In the process of winning the tournament the team stretched its current winning streak to eight games and improved its overall record to 26-10-1. The team is currently third in the Continental Cup standings, but in great shape headed into the playoffs.

"We wanted to challenge our players to raise their level of hockey this season," Foster said. "I think they proved that they've done that last weekend and I have high expectations headed into the tournament."

The local skaters sweep through the brackets at the Arvada tournament by winning four games. They capped off the weekend by schooling Pueblo in the championship contest by a score of 7-1. In that game, Steamboat goals came from Casey Earp (2) , Chris Timmerman (2), Taylor Leary, Matt LeGrice and Dusty Atkinson. Nick Pruett, Earp, Timmerman, and Brad Bonner all contributed in the game with assists.

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