Steamboat climbs over Vail

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The Steamboat Springs girls 12-and-under ice hockey team beat the Vail Mountaineers, 5-1, at Howelsen Ice Arena on Saturday morning.

After falling behind in the first period, Steamboat picked up the pace less than two minutes into the second period with a tying goal by Monica Patten, assisted by Heidi Cordell. On the next shift, Ellana Williams scored the game winner with an assist from Kim Taylor.

Vail tightened up its defense for the rest of the period but couldn't get any more shots past solid Steamboat goaltender, Rashelle Stetman.

The third period opened with tight pressure on Steamboat until a breakout play ended with Steamboat's Elizabeth Finch netting a goal off assists from Maura Hartley and Cordell.

Patten added her second goal of the game with just less than five minutes left; assisted from Taylor and Cordell. Cordell also scored a breakaway goal to end with four points, one goal and three assists. Her unselfish play garnered her the "Game Puck Award."

"Our aggressive play today really kept Vail on their heels. We controlled the puck most of the game even though Vail had their chances," Steamboat coach Dave Hartley said. Stetman finished the game with 15 saves on 16 shots. Vail's goaltender finished with 13 saves on 18 shots.

Steamboat returns to action at the Edge Arena in Denver on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the season finale Mountain States Girls Hockey League State Tournament.

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