It seems that things have started to fall into place for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team.
During a two-game road trip to Colorado Springs last weekend, the team finished 1-for-2. But more important, the team's offense out-shot its opponents in both games.
Despite losing a tough 2-1 game to Pine Creek, Sailors coach Dave Strang and his players left the ice at Honnen Arena on Friday night feeling good about their performance. The Sailors out-shot the home team 40-25 during the game and had a 15-4 advantage in the third period. Unfortunately, the Sailors could not come up with a goal to overcome two second-period goals by the Pine Creek team.
But in the second period, the Eagles answered with two goals from Tom Larkin. Strang said his team worked hard to get the game-tying goal in the third period but could not find the back of the net.
"After the game, we talked about the loss to Pine Creek. It's hard to play that well and then come up just short," Strang said.
But the coach didn't need to worry.
On Saturday, the Sailors came out hard and continued to improve on the ice.
Steamboat's first goal came from Chris Baumann at 10:17. Clay McKenzie and Gunde Schrock assisted him. Mitchell took advantage of a power play a few minutes later when Daniel Lamb scored to tie the game at one goal each.
The game remained tied until Steamboat's Jace Bonner scored the game-winning goal five minutes into the third period.
Steamboat is 1-3 on the season, but Strang said he thinks the team is headed in the right direction.