Chix with Stix start the new year solid

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Diane Dwire can probably remember a time when the Chix with Stix hockey team's final scores looked similar to those from last weekend, but, in those days, the Steamboat Springs women's squad was on the losing end.

Dwire scored a hat trick in 10-2 and 7-3 wins against the Ice Monkeys at Howelsen Ice Arena, leading the Chix to a 5-0 record in the B1 division of the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey.

"The lines really worked," goalkeeper Nikki Knoebel said. "Everyone worked so well as a team with a lot of passing and a lot of shooting."

With the first game tied at 1, Steamboat took over.

Dwire gave the Chix the lead in the final minute of the first period with a backhand shot fed from linemates Renee Dupre and Heidi Chapman-Hoy.

The Chix scored again early in the second period, but the Ice Monkeys answered just more than a minute later. The Chix countered with two quick goals, and then added five more unanswered goals to put the game out of reach. Knoebel finished the night with 10 saves.

On Saturday, the Ice Monkeys played a more aggressive game, but it was all Chix in the first period, with the Chix scoring four goals. The Ice Monkeys responded in the second period, outscoring the Chix, 2-1.

Overall, Chix coach Tim Shorland was pleased with his team's performance.

"Everyone played solid, but we need to work on finishing the game," Shorland said.

Shorland was surprised to see how well playing with four lines worked Friday.

"It's nice to see everyone enjoying what's going on - it shows everyone is into watching the game."

The Chix have this weekend off and then will host the Northern Colorado Comets on Jan. 23 and 24 at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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