Chix drop 2 in Denver

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The Chix with Stix dropped its first two games of the season to Front Range teams last weekend.

Steamboat fell to the Bandits, 4-1, on Nov. 11 at the South Subur--ban Ice Center in Littleton.

The Bandits play in the A league of the Women's Asso--cia--tion of Colorado Hockey, and Steamboat is a member of the B1 league, so the close game against the Littleton team was a positive sign in the early part of the season.

The Bandits scored three unanswered goals before Chix defenseman Carly Helm netted her team's lone score, unassisted, in the opening two minutes of the third period.

Chix goalie Kit Rice, who was in net for both games, turned away 20 of the 24 shots she faced. Steamboat managed 15 shots on net.

Steamboat lost to the Brewsers, 4-1, on Nov. 12 at the Sun Ice Center in Westminster.

In this game, the Chix managed an impressive 35 shots on goal, but the play of Brewsers goalie Laura Hind prevented Steamboat from making it closer.

The Brewsers, who are a member of Steamboat's B1 league, scored all four goals in the first and second periods. Steamboat added its only score with three minutes remaining in the game when winger Julia Wallace fired a shot off the back of Hind's leg. Cathy Wiedemer was credited with the assist.

Steamboat pulled Rice for the final 1:47 and had seven shots on goal but couldn't get any past Hind.

Hind, and several other members of the Brewsers teamed up with some of the Chix players earlier this season for the Pucktoberfest tournament in Colorado Springs.

The combined team -- Brewer Chix -- won the tournament. The three Westminster players who scored in Saturday's win played in Pucktoberfest, as well, providing some indication as to the talent of that team.

With the losses the Chix, who are coached by Tim Shorland and Greg Sklaney, are 2-2 overall and 2-1 in league play. Up next for the Chix is a game against the Clash on Dec. 3 in Denver and a game against the Silverwolves on Dec. 4 in Colorado Springs.

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