Cameron Fritz takes the puck down the ice during the Sailors match against the Coronado hockey team Saturday. The Sailors won, 6-1, with Coronado scoring only in the opening seconds of the match.

Photo by Tyler Arroyo

Cameron Fritz takes the puck down the ice during the Sailors match against the Coronado hockey team Saturday. The Sailors won, 6-1, with Coronado scoring only in the opening seconds of the match.

Hat trick up his sleeve

Ingalls' offensive explosion paces Sailors in win

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Cameron Fritz takes the puck down the ice during the Sailors match against the Coronado hockey team Saturday. The Sailors won, 6-1, with Coronado scoring only in the opening seconds of the match.

Centering the first line for the Steamboat Springs hockey team, Greg Ingalls had been accustomed to giving all year.

Coming into the game against Coronado, the junior had 11 assists in 11 games.

But on Saturday, the junior found himself on the receiving end three times.

Ingalls recorded his first hat trick of the year, including the go-ahead goal early in the second period, in the Sailors' 6-1 win against the Cougars.

"A hat trick is a hat trick, but it feels really good," Ingalls said. "I really like playing with Jake (Stanford) and I've set him up enough that I guess he decided to set me up (Saturday)."

After winning against Lewis-Palmer in overtime Friday, Steamboat (9-1-2 overall, 5-1 in conference play) came out Saturday and dominated play for all three periods.

The Sailors out-shot the Cougars, 45-16, including 22-4 in the second period. In seven power play opportunities, Coronado (5-8, 3-4) got off only two shots and Steamboat scored two short-handed goals.

Still, just 33 seconds into the game, Steamboat found itself down, 1-0.

After the Sailors turned the puck over just inside the Cougar zone, Coronado's Jesse Vanderlinde started a 2-on-1 break and found Chris Contreras for the early lead.

Stanford answered right back with the Sailors' first short-handed goal three minutes later. After stealing the puck in the Cougar zone, Stanford skated around behind the net and threw a centering pass that glanced off a Coronado defender into the goal to send it into the second period tied at 1-1.

"I don't think in that first period we skated as hard as we could," Sailors coach Jeff Ruff said. "I challenged them in that second period to set the tempo."

And did the Sailors ever respond.

Ingalls scored his first goal 31 seconds into the second period. Four minutes later, Jim Terry scored on a rebound in front of the net. Then - on perhaps the prettiest goal of the afternoon - Ingalls scored his second goal of the game when Stanford threaded a pass to Terry in front of the goal, who then touched the puck perfectly to Ingalls stick for a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.

"We were a little shaky in the first," Ingalls said. "Then we just stepped it up and took it to them."

Tim Rabbitt added a goal in the third period after Kerry Timmerman won the face-off to just outside the right circle. Then, with less than four minutes left, Ingalls added his third goal - and second short-handed goal for the Sailors - when he stole the puck in front and put it in.

Steamboat goalie Matt Dawes stopped 15 of 16 shots for his second win of the year.

"We're always ready to improve," Ingalls said. "This weekend wasn't the limit for us."

The Sailors next play at home against Pine Creek on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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