Steamboat Springs' adult hockey A League ended Sunday with a one-day championship tournament.
Play opened with the Red Dogs of Craig (the No. 4 seed) traveling to Steamboat for an 8:45 a.m. game. Despite the time change and travel, they played a tight game, eventually succumbing to No. 5-seeded Minglewood Timber, 6-3. Play was highlighted by the potent duo of Jim Neaton and Greg Neal for the Red Dogs.
In the tournament's second game, No. 3 seed Westside Auto faced No. 6 seed KBCR. KBCR matched them goal for goal, losing a squeaker in the end, 6-5. KBCR goalie Tim Shorland kept his team within striking distance, but eventually the Westside offense, led by Dusty Henning, prevailed.
The third game saw No. 1 seed Backdoor Sports Mad Dogs take on Minglewood. The Minglewood team came flying out of the gate with the combination of Brett Warchol, Aaron Rolls and Matt Workman outscoring the Mad Dogs, 5-2. Not about to roll over and play dead, the Mad Dogs' Eugene Buchanan, Brett Peterson and Joe Krauss led a "jail break" attack in the third period, allowing the Mad Dogs to recapture the lead. In the last minute of the game, Warchol brought Minglewood to within one, but the Mad Dogs held on to win, 7-6, and advance to the finals.
In the day's fourth game, the defending champion Banner and Sign Bruins defeated Westside, 2-1, behind the stellar goaltending of Matt McLeod.
That led to the championship game at 8 p.m., pitting the Mad Dogs against the Bruins. The game was tight for the first two periods until the Mad Dogs, riding stellar net-minding by Peter Van De Carr, broke away with goals from Ted Hoffman, Jim Kratz and Kerry Shea. The Mad Dogs held on to win, 6-1.
"It was a great season," said league organizer Van De Carr. "We had six teams this season, and everyone was pretty evenly matched."