Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Midget A team took one step closer to winning the league tournament last weekend by sweeping past the Laramie Outlaws in the playoffs.
By winning the "best-of-three," the third-seeded Steamboat team punched its ticket to the finals, which will take place in Casper on Saturday and Sunday. That tournament will be a double-elimination format featuring the best teams in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League.
The Steamboat Braves topped the Laramie Outlaws in the first of three scheduled games Friday at Howelsen Hill.
Steamboat netted two goals in the first period and three more in the second to take a commanding 5-2 lead into the third. In that period, the defense came to life and never allowed another goal.
Steamboat goals came from Josh Davies, who netted two, and Chad Barczuk, Jeff Franks and Tyson Voyek, who each had one. Assists were made by Drew Moon, Dusty Henning and Barczuk.
Steamboat avoided the third scheduled game of the weekend by beating Laramie for the second-straight time Saturday and wrapping up the series.
Steamboat scored twice in the first, twice in the second and three times in the third in a dominating performance. Laramie answered with a goal in the second, but thanks to great goal tending from Steamboat's Jamie Mangus the Outlaws were never really in the game.
Steamboat goals came from Moon and Barczuk, who each had two in the game. Trask Donaldson, Charlie Townsend and Voyek also scored goals. Assists came from Trask Donaldson, Voyek, Barczuk, Kevin Tiedman and Henning.
This weekend the Braves will travel to Casper to compete against four other teams for the league's tournament title. Steamboat will open against the No. 2 seeded Vail team.
Steamboat's Midget C team also played last weekend picking up a 3-2 win and a 4-1 over Kremmling.
In the first game, Steamboat's Dusty Henning scored all four of the Steamboat goals. Kyle Monger had two assists in the game.
The second was a little tighter as the Kremmling offense came to life, matching Steamboat in the first two periods. Henning scored the first goal of the game assisted by Joe Buckley. Kremmling answered with 54 seconds remaining in the period, however.
Kremmling took a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but Steamboat's Derrick Rule responded with the game-tying goal. Then Steamboat's Burt Ver Haar netted the game-winning score with 7:49 remaining in the final period. Goalkeeper Andrew Krueger did the rest and the Steamboat team recorded the win.