Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs' first youth hockey tournament of the season, the Rocky Mountain Rumble, opened Friday afternoon with a little three-county, on-ice rivalry between the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association Bantam B's and the Kremmling Cattle Kings, a collection of 13- and 14-year-olds from Kremmling, Craig and the Oak Creek Hockey Association.
The game was the first chance the Cattle Kings' players have had to play together on the same sheet of ice. Despite the early jitters, the Cattle Kings came out strong and took some shots on net.
But Steamboat goalkeeper Jack Lupori stood strong and stayed stingy, posting a shutout en route to Steamboat's 8-0 win. Charlie VonThaden scored four goals for Steamboat, Karsten Thompson added two and Penn Lukens and Alex Elliott chipped in one apiece.
Each team in the Rocky Mountain Rumble selects a playmaker/sportsmanship award after each game from its opponent's lineup. VonThaden and Oak Creek's Jacob Hange took home the award for Steamboat and the Cattle Kings, respectively.
"I think we did well for our first game together," Cattle Kings coach Pete Hange said. "Some of these Oak Creek and Kremmling kids have only been on the ice three or four times, so it was a good warm-up.
"(Steamboat's) goalie did well, and they also had some good plays."
Play began Friday afternoon in the Bantam B and Peewee B age/skill divisions, as teams from Steamboat, Kremmling, Boulder, Littleton, Greeley, Aspen and as far as Provo, Utah, took the ice.
The four Peewee B teams (ages 11 and 12) will continue competing today and finish Sunday morning, with an 11:15 a.m. championship. The seven Bantam B teams (ages 13 and 14) will do the same, with their division championship scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday.
Admission to the games at the Howelsen Ice Arena is free, but the SSYHA will be raising funds throughout the weekend with concessions and a silent auction.