Sailors hockey bounces back with 4-1 win against Rampart

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Steamboat Springs Hockey, 2008-09

— As disappointed as Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff was with Friday's loss to Pueblo County, he was equally impressed with Saturday's 4-1 win against Rampart.

"We're real proud of these guys in response to (Friday's) game," Ruff said. "They executed and got back into what we like to refer to as Sailors hockey. It was moving the puck and winning the battles."

Even when Rampart's Vince Pratt scored to give the Rams a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game, Ruff said the Sailors (7-2 overall) turned things around.

Save for the first five minutes of the first period, Ruff said Steamboat owned the rest of the game.

"That first goal was an eye-opener for our guys," Ruff said. "They thought, 'We better kick it into gear,' and they responded."

Cody Fritz scored the equalizer 3:10 into the second period when he took a feed from Charlie Smith. Fritz repaid the favor with 51 seconds left in the period when he found Smith for a 2-1 Steamboat lead.

Grant Ehrick scored early in the third, and Fritz added an unassisted shorthanded goal to complete the rout.

"I'm real proud of their response," Ruff said. "We know this is the team we have. Neither (assistant coach) Dave (Strang) nor I had any doubt about this team. (Saturday) they proved what kind of team they can be."

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