Steamboat Springs The Chix with Stix tied one game and lost the other in a two-game series with Aspen at Howelsen Ice Arena over the weekend.
The Chix opened against Aspen on Saturday night, playing to a 2-2 tie after allowing the visiting Aspen team to net two first-period goals.
Chix goalie Carol Vittore played a pivotal role in her team's attempt to come from behind and win, stopping 31 out of 33 shots, including 18 shots in the final period.
Gretchen VanDeCarr scored both goals for the Chix. Her first score came in the second period off assists from Heidi Chapman and Renee Dupre. VanDeCarr's second goal, the game-tying score, came on a third-period power play. Dupre notched the assist on the second goal as well.
"It's really easy to score when set up by Heidi and Renee," VanDeCarr said.
The Chix and Aspen turned around and played Sunday morning, cranking up the offensive effort. A combined eight goals were scored, with Aspen coming out on top, 5-3.
It took less than a minute for Aspen to get on the board, but this time the Chix didn't allow Aspen to establish an early two-goal lead, tying the game on a Sue Heineke goal off a Liz Schnackenberg assist.
Aspen netted three goals in the second to pull ahead, 4-1, but the Chix's Schnackenberg pulled her team to within two on a third-period goal. Sheila Henderson and Lynne Bosley were credited with the assists.
Aspen scored again, and Dupre responded for the Chix off an assist by VanDeCarr.
Attempts to score two late-game goals failed. Chix goalie KC Amon was pulled in the final minutes, but the extra skater did not help the Chix.
Amon stopped 14 of 19 shots in her first complete game against an A division team.