Little mites get to play on big ice

The Pediatrics of Steamboat mites hockey team will travel to Denver April 2 to make a special appearance between periods of the Colorado Avalanche game.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. and the local players, all of them between the ages of 6 and 9, will put on a demonstration game between periods.

The local house team consists of 13 players who will get a chance to play in front of a huge crowd as the Avalanche face the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center.

'Boat boarders win at Big Bear

Steamboat Springs snowboarders collected six top-10 finishes at the second stop of the American Pro Snowboard Tour last Sunday in Big Bear, Calif.

Topping the list was local boarder Justin Goto, who won the men's parallel giant slalom race and pocketed $1,000 for his efforts.

Other top finishes included Michelle Gorgone's fourth, Brad Dumas' fifth and Lee O'Connor's sixth-place finishes. Eric Mueller and Jason Jameson also placed in the top-10 by taking eighth in the grueling event.

Steamboat head coach Mike Mallon said this is one of the most demanding events in all of snowboarding.

Nordic Combined takes 11th place

Bill Demong led the U.S. Nordic Combined team in Sapporo on Saturday placing 11th in jumping portion of a two-day individual event.

Teammates Johnny Spillane was 17th after the jumping, Todd Lodwick is 20th and Matt Dayton is in 36th place.

The second portion was scheduled to take place today.

Lodwick led the Americans early in the week by posting the second-fastest time in the 10-kilometer Thursday to place sixth in a mass-start nordic combined event. Demong recorded the first top-10 finish of his career in the event by placing ninth.

The Japan events were scheduled to end today and the Americans will head to Norway for the World Cup finals March 9-10.


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