Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff couldn't have asked for anything more out of the Sailors' first game of the year.
Led by a sizzling start, strong play from three lines and solid goaltending, Steamboat Springs downed Summit County, 4-3, on Friday during the first day of the Battle Mountain Tournament.
Junior Jake Stanford recorded a hat trick, and Billy Taylor also netted a goal in the effort. Goalie Jeff Dawes turned away 13 shots.
Steamboat came out quickly, taking a 3-0 lead in the first period on two goals from Stanford and one from Taylor.
After a scoreless second period, Summit scored two goals in the third period before Stanford's third score gave the Sailors a 4-2 lead. Summit added a late goal but was unable to tie it up before the final horn.
"It went very well," Ruff said. "We put together a real strong game."
Ruff said the Sailors top line of Stanford, Greg Ingalls and Jim Taylor provided most of the production, but he also was pleased with the play of the team's second and third lines.
"I was happy with our result," Ruff said. "You work on a lot of things for a long period of time and don't know what you need to do. So to go out and play the way we did, we now know what we need to work on."
Steamboat continues play today with a game against Battle Mountain at 9 a.m. and a matchup with Aspen at 3 p.m.