Sailors 1 of 2 unbeaten teams

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The Steamboat Springs hockey team is one of two unbeaten high school teams in Colorado.

The Sailors improved to 5-0 on the season with an 8-4 victory against Peak to Peak on Friday and a 6-0 blanking of Liberty on Saturday.

It was the second time in a week the Sailors had shut out the Lancers. Cheyenne Mountain is the only other unbeaten team in the state heading into the holiday break.

"We are getting consistent scoring from all three lines," assistant coach Jeff Ruff said. "That will be hard for opposing coaches to defend against."

On Friday, Steamboat's red line got most of the scoring action. Tanner Grimes, Sam Gary and Jon Reese combined to score four goals. The Sailors also got goals from Gunde Schrock, Jim Terry and Bjorn Lickteig, a defenseman.

"They had us on our heels in the first six minutes of the game," Steamboat coach Dave Strang said. "We changed up our forecheck system a little bit. After we dealt with the initial shock of their speed, we were fine."

Steamboat's defense, which has played well for most of the season, held Liberty in check on Saturday morning in Colorado Springs. Back-up goalie Elliot Girard turned away 15 Liberty shots, and his teammates fired 40 shots on goal.

Jacob Pearson had two goals. Gary, Grimes, Greg Ingalls and Cam Fritz also scored goals for the Sailors. Grimes, Schrock, Terry, Jake Stanford and Grant Ehrick, a defenseman, had assists. Steamboat's top three lines -- red, white and blue -- each scored two goals. The green line, or fourth line, also got great ice time, Strang said.

"That Liberty game, we kind of went through the motions," he said. "It was more rolling lines and letting kids play."

Steamboat is off until Jan. 4, when it hosts rival Battle Mountain at 6:30 p.m. at Howelsen Ice Arena. It is the first of four straight home games for the undefeated Sailors.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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