Steamboat tops Wasson on the ice

But Sailors didn't come out dominating as they expected

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— Despite a 6-2 win, the Steamboat Springs hockey team didn't have the precise, dominating performance it was seeking Saturday against Wasson.

Sailors coach Dave Strang said he suspected his team (8-5 overall, 6-3 in the league) might open Saturday's game a little flat, considering it came within 15 minutes of upsetting league-leading Cheyenne Mountain Friday night.

However, uninspired play wasn't offered as an excuse for having just a 3-2 lead after two periods of hockey against the Thunderbirds Saturday.

The last time Wasson and Steamboat met, the Sailors won 10-1.

"We need to be more explosive and capitalize on our plays," senior Matt Legrice said.

Legrice added that the Sailors should have had more than the six goals they did get Saturday.

"We need to pick it up more," Legrice said. "The better the team, the better we play. We need to be more consistent."

Steamboat did add three goals in the third period against Wasson, finally finishing plays that had been there for the entire game, winning 6-2.

The Sailors couldn't have played two more different games than the one they lost on Friday and the one they won on Saturday.

Friday's game against Cheyenne Mountain was physical but clean. The Sailors and Indians had comparable talent and speed.

Saturday's game against Wasson was ugly. The Thunderbirds remain winless in the league. They had a difficult time maintaining control of the puck and forming any organized offensive attack.

The two scores Wasson did get past Steamboat goalie Jessie Smith came unassisted from Thunderbird captain Greg Beeman.

A combined 30 penalties were called Saturday. The Sailors accumulated 14, the Thunderbirds, 16. Under state rules, Thunderbird assistant coach Paul Bingham Jr. must sit out Wasson's next game because his team acquired more than 15 penalties.

He was serving as the head coach on Saturday because the Thunderbirds' official coach, Paul Bingham, was already serving a one-game suspension after his team had more than 15 penalties in its previous game.

Strang said the first meeting between Steamboat and Wasson was penalty-laden, but his team practiced more discipline in the Jan. 20 game than it did on Saturday.

"It was a frustrating game," junior Curtis Nelson said.

Legrice and Jeff Franks scored twice for Steamboat. Nelson and Chris Timmerman had the other two goals. Timmerman also had two assists. Other Sailors credited with assists Saturday were Legrice, Nick Pruett, Chris Baumann and Justin John.

Steamboat had 40 shots on goal to Wasson's 10.

The Sailors return to the ice Friday at Aspen. That contest is scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m. Steamboat's next home game is against Regis at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.

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