Steamboat Springs Goalkeeper Tim Higbee went to Marquette, Mich., for the 2004 National Midget Hockey Championships last week hoping to help the Colorado Outlaws capture the title.
He returned with 63 saves, a win against a team that cut him (the Marquette Electricians) and a whole lot of game experience.
But the goalkeeper, who grew up in Steamboat Springs before leaving to pursue his hockey dreams in Michigan and Denver, didn't get the title.
After opening the week with wins over Marquette and Cleveland, the Outlaws' winning streak came to an abrupt end.
The Colorado team fell to top-ranked Shattuck-St. Mary's 5-1 and was eliminated by the L.A. Stars in the next game by the same score.
Higbee recorded 40 saves in the game against Shattuck-St Mary's (one of the top-ranked junior programs in the country), but did not play in the Outlaws final game of the tournament against the stars
The Greater Boston Junior Bruins beat Shattuck, 6-2, in the championship game to collect this year's USA Hockey National Midget title.