Chix with Stix drop two to Aspen

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The Steamboat women's hockey team played strong against Aspen, even outshooting the Motherpuckers in the first game, but couldn't come up with a win in two chances during the weekend.

Aspen defeated the Steamboat women's A hockey team, 3-1, Saturday and Sunday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

The Chix with Stix had 38 shots on goal in the Saturday loss, outshooting the Motherpuckers, but only found the back of the net once, at the 2 minute, 40 second mark in the second period. Sheila Henderson got a shot past the Aspen goalie to narrow the visiting team's lead to 3-1. Neither team scored in the third. Val Dietrich and Karen Post had the assists on Henderson's goal.

Chix goalie Carol Vittore stopped 18 of Aspen's 21 shots, and the defense was able to kill three penalties.

"To have that many shots, especially in the first game and to only connect on one, we've been focusing on that in practice, finishing the play," Chix skater Lisa Owen said.

Aspen scored two first-period goals and another one midway through the second period.

On Sunday, Steamboat got on the board first, scoring with 15 seconds remaining in the opening period. Diane Dwire got the goal off an assist from Renee Dupre. Steamboat outshot Aspen, 14-7, in the opening period.

Aspen tied the game at 1-1 with 5 minutes left in the second period and pulled ahead with 1:06 left in the game, scoring a goal off a face-off in its offensive zone.

"It was a real well-executed play," Owen said. "It was a pretty play. You can't get too upset about that."

The Motherpuckers scored an empty-net goal with 8 seconds left after Steamboat pulled Vittore to try and even the score.

Vittore stopped 23 of 26 Aspen shots.

Steamboat's next games are Jan. 22 and 23 at Howelsen Ice Arena against the Bandits from Denver. The Chix play the Bandits at 8:45 p.m. Jan. 22 and at 6:45 a.m. Jan. 23.

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

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