Steamboat U-19 girls continue hot streak

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— The Steamboat Springs U-19 girls youth hockey team continued its winning ways during the weekend, finishing 3-0-1 during a trip to Gunnison.

Steamboat picked up 2-0 and 4-1 wins against the New Mexico Hilltoppers and a 1-0 win against Gunnison. Steamboat also played to a 2-2 draw against Gunnison.

Emily Birch continued to lead Steamboat, scoring two goals against New Mexico and two more against Gunnison. Birch leads the team and league in scoring with 20 goals and five assists.

Lizzie Stoll, Annie Eggleston, Heidi Cordell and Allie Eggleston also picked up goals against New Mexico.

Stoll picked up the lone goal in the win against Gunnison.

Goalie Rachelle Stetman continued her strong play, leaving the tournament with a league-leading .904 save percentage.

"We just need to continue to do well," U-19 girls coach Alexa Pighinia said. "As long as we don't lose every game from here, we should make state. Our goal this year is to try and win state."

The Steamboat U-14 and U-12 girls also played in Gunnison. The U-14 team lost its first game to Gunnison, 3-1, before tying the host team, 1-1. Meghan Lukens scored both of Steamboat's goals.

The U-12 team finished 0-1-1 against Crested Butte before beating Gunnison, 2-1.

On the boys side, the Steamboat Midget team suffered two losses to Durango, the top team in the league. Steamboat fell, 3-1 and 6-2.

Connor Birch, Clayton Patrick and Erik Owen scored for Steamboat. The Midget team is now second in the league with 16 points.

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