Regis hockey knocks out Sailors

Steamboat ends strong season with loss to No. 1 seed

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Steamboat Springs Hockey, 2008-09

Game statistics

Score by period

Regis: 1-3-1-5

Steamboat: 0-0-1-1

First period-1, Regis, Connor Hayes (Justin Johnston, Zeke Yslas), pp, 9:51. Penalties - Regis, Tanner Ottenbreit (tripping), 0:38; Steamboat Springs, Grant McCannon (hooking), 4:20; Steamboat Springs, Eric Bonner (hooking), 7:40; Steamboat Springs, Cody Fritz (head contact/checking), 8:18; Regis, Ian Rawley (roughing), 10:16; Regis, Zeke Yslas, (tripping), 12:53.

Second period - 2, Regis, Justin Johnston (Connor Hayes, Zeke Yslas), 7:19; 3, Regis, Gregg Davis (Tom Branson, Nick Davis), 8:57; 4, Regis, Andrew Fioretto (Evan Lloyd, Tyler Finn), 14:29. Penalties - Regis, Thomas Stack (slashing), 2:48; Steamboat Springs, Eric Bonner (interference), 3:30; Steamboat Springs, Blayne Conroy (too many men), 3:41.

Third period - 1, Steamboat Springs, Cody Fritz (Jake Bearss), 2:27; 5, Regis, Justin Johnston (Zeke Yslas, Connor Hayes), pp, 14:11. Penalties - Regis, Zeke Yslas (holding), 3:41; Steamboat Springs, Eric Bonner (boarding), 5:52; Steamboat Springs, Charlie Smith (tripping), 13:36; Regis, Tom Branson (cross-checking), 14:11; Regis, Bobby Lucas (roughing), 14:11; Steamboat Springs, Cody Fritz (elbowing), 14:11; Steamboat Springs, Eric Bonner (roughing), 14:11.

— Coach Jeff Ruff said the Sailors hockey team learned Saturday what it means to be a defending state champion.

Regis, the No. 1 seed, last year's champion and a team that is undefeated in 23 games, knocked off Steamboat Springs High School, 5-1, at the Family Sports Center in Denver. The loss ended the Sailors' season in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament.

Regis broke the game open with three goals in the second period.

"Our guys played a good couple of periods, but the second period we'd sure like to have back," Ruff said. "When they raised their bar : our bar didn't go that high. I think we were surprised at their intensity level. : They were there to prove why they are defending state champions."

The game was physical from the start. Junior winger Jon Winkelblech, who has battled through injuries this season, suffered a broken clavicle in the first period Saturday, Ruff said.

Ruff said Regis players "sure were swarming the nets" with a potent offensive attack that fired 38 shots on goal compared to Steamboat's 16.

Ruff credited the play of Matt Dawes in goal.

"Matt Dawes probably would like two of those goals back, but three of them were just quality goals and quality shots," Ruff said about Dawes' effort between the pipes.

Ruff also said "Grant Ehrick was outstanding" for the Sailors and that Eric Bonner "played a physical, physical game." Steamboat got on the board at the 2:27 mark in the third period, scoring on a breakaway after Jake Bearss intercepted a pass and sent the puck to a streaking Cody Fritz, who shot high into the Regis net.

Steamboat ends the season at 16-5.

"This is a great group of guys," Ruff said. "This is the first time we've made it to the second round of the playoffs; it's the best record a Steamboat team has had - it's totally been a successful season. The fact that you lose to the defending state champions in the quarterfinals doesn't negate that."

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