Steamboat Springs Hockey, 2008-09
- Dec. 5, Steamboat 3, Aspen 2 at King of the Mountain Tournament; (1-0)
- Dec. 6, Steamboat 4, Battle Mountain 0 at King of the Mountain Tournament; (2-0)
- Dec. 6, Steamboat 8, Summit 4 at King of the Mountain Tournament; (3-0)
- Dec. 12, Steamboat 4, Standley Lake 2; (4-0)
- Dec. 13, Steamboat 6, Mullen 1 at Colorado Academy; (5-0)
- Dec. 19, Steamboat 3, Chatfield 2; (6-0)
- Dec. 20, Lewis-Palmer 4, Steamboat 0; (6-1)
- Jan. 9, Pueblo County 3, Steamboat 1; (6-2)
- Jan. 10, Steamboat 4, Rampart 1; (7-2)
- Jan. 16, Steamboat 4, Doherty 1; (8-2)
- Jan. 19, Battle Mountain 5, Steamboat 2; (8-3)
- Jan. 23, Steamboat 6, Liberty 0;(9-3)
- Jan. 24, Steamboat 3, Fountain Valley 2;(10-3)
- Jan. 30, Steamboat 5, Air Academy 2;(11-3)
- Jan. 31, Steamboat 6, Valor Christian 0;(12-3)
- Feb. 6, Cheyenne Mountain 3, Steamboat 2; (12-4)
- Feb. 7, Steamboat 7, Coronado 2;(13-4)
- Feb. 13, Steamboat 4, Pine Creek 0;(14-4)
- Feb. 14, Steamboat 2, Palmer 0;(15-4)
- Feb. 20 state playoffs begin, TBA
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team couldn't overcome penalties and two inopportune turnovers on Friday, as the team fell on the road to Cheyenne Mountain, 3-2.
"Again, Cheyenne Mountain is tough to overcome," Steamboat coach Jeff Ruff said. "They are a proud team. I think we had good quality opportunities at their net; we just couldn't capitalize."
Steamboat fell behind early when Cheyenne Mountain's Trentt Houghton scored midway through the first period, after a Sailors turnover gave him a breakaway.
The Sailors bounced back in the second, getting a pair of power play goals from Ian Anderson and Cody Fritz to take a 2-1 lead.
But Houghton responded again late in the second period with a 5-on-3 power play tally of his own that made it 2-2 heading into the third period.
After the two teams skated scoreless for almost 14 minutes of the third period, Cheyenne Mountain's Joey Johnson scored the game-winning, short-handed goal. The goal again came on a Steamboat turnover in the neutral zone that led to another breakaway.
"We allowed two real bad turnovers, which we can't give up to allow a breakaway," Ruff said. "We also took too many penalties, especially in the third period. We out-competed them when we played five on five."
The loss drops Steamboat to 12-4 overall. The team resumes play at 1:15 p.m. today at Coronado. Ruff said the team has to refocus its efforts into the final three regular season games.
While Coronado comes into the game 2-13 overall, Steamboat finishes the season with tough home games against Pine Creek and Palmer.
Ruff said every game from here until the start of the playoffs becomes a must-win.
"We did out-compete that team for a lot of the game. We just have to clean up a couple costly errors," Ruff said. "We'll regroup. We have to be hungrier around the net. We have to learn that stuff for these games down the stretch."
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