Steamboat continues streak

Hockey team improves to 6-3 overall, 4-1 in league

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— The Steamboat Springs hockey team is on a three-game winning streak, courtesy of its victory Monday.

Steamboat defeated Wasson, 10-1, to improve to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in league play.

The Sailors improved to 3-2 on the road.

"We've had some of our better games on the road in my mind," coach Dave Strang said. "When we are able to take the bus down and be together, I think that's a neat experience as a team. We watch some hockey videos and do some coaching on the way down. There are not as many distractions."

Depending on how the team does, Strang said, the ride back doesn't involve as much hockey.

Monday night's return trip to Steamboat from Colorado Springs was filled with "some laughs," he said.

Though the first period didn't play out as Strang would have liked, he said the team responded in the second, doing the small things with the puck and off the puck that the coaches have been looking for.

Seven different Steamboat players scored Monday, led by Phil Bush's hat trick. Chris Timmerman had two goals, while Curtis Nelson, Nick Pruett, Tucker Greene, Chris Baumann and Bert VerHarr each netted one for the Sailors.

Jessie Smith earned the start -- and the win -- in net for Steamboat.

"Jess has been working real hard in practice," Strang said.

She turned away 14 of 15 shots. The lone Wasson goal that did sneak past Smith came on a fluke play in the second period off an improperly cleared puck, Strang said.

"It was kind of a weird play," he said. "There was a lot of traffic in front of her."

The Sailors return to action Friday, going back to Colorado Springs for two games.

Friday, Steamboat faces Coronado, a team it defeated 2-1 on Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Steamboat faces Cheyenne Mountain, a school with one of the premier programs in Colorado, at 10 a.m.

All of the Sailors' hockey games can be heard on KRMR 100.5 or 107.3 FM.

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