Chix with Stix pick up 2 wins

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The Chix with Stix are off to a quick start.

Steamboat's top women's hockey team swept Colorado College in two games at Howelsen Ice Arena during the weekend.

The Chix defeated the Synergy, 3-2, on Saturday night. They beat the same squad, 3-0, on Sunday morning.

Steamboat is 2-0-0 on the season, with both wins counting in the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey's B1 League.

The Chix were in the A League last year but dropped one classification this season.

In the season's first game Saturday night, the Chix and Synergy skated to a scoreless first period, but the game didn't stay scoreless long.

Cathy Wiedemer scored Steamboat's first goal of the year 30 seconds into the second period. Sue Heineke and Diane Dwire assisted on the play. Colorado College evened the game with five minutes remaining in the second, but Wiedemer netted her second goal of the game one minute later off another assist from Heineke.

Steamboat opened the third period with what proved to be the game-winning goal off the stick of Lynne Bosley. Defender Carly Helm was given the assist. Colorado College pulled to within 3-2 with 2:47 left in the game but got no closer.

Steamboat goalie Kit Rice stopped 10 of 12 Synergy shots during her first game ever in net. Steamboat had 22 shots on goal.

Steamboat's defense was wide awake Sunday morning, shutting out the Colorado College offense. No official shots on goal were kept for Steamboat's 3-0 win, but one of Steamboat's newest members, Nikki Knoebel, got the win in net for the Chix.

Maggie Adams is another new player for Steamboat.

Unlike Saturday's win, the Chix were able to get a first-period goal courtesy of a shot from the point by Adams. Dwire got the assist.

Steamboat added its second goal six minutes into the second period on a goal from Bosley, her second of the weekend. Riley Polumbus got the assist.

Defender Lisa Owen added Steamboat's final score with 3:53 remaining in the middle period on assists from Rice and Heidi Chapman-Hoy, who is back with the team after sitting out last season on maternity leave.

Neither team scored in the third period, but the Chix did have to kill a five-minute penalty in the final seven minutes to preserve the shutout.

Up next for Steamboat are games against the Denver Bandits, who are an A league team, and the Boulder Brewsers, another B1 team, this weekend in Denver.

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

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