Steamboat Springs Aspen's Camille Lassalette put an end to the Steamboat Springs U12 girls' Cinderella run Monday during the final day of the Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Lassalette, the final Aspen skater to take the ice during a shoot-out, netted the game-winning goal by slipping the puck under the pads of Steamboat keeper Reina Salky, who had been unbeatable for most of the tournament.
The goal broke a 1-1 tie and gave Aspen this year's Division B title.
"This was a tough one," Steamboat coach Rich Brown said. "Our girls had played so well all weekend, and I think they had their sights set on winning this one."
Steamboat's Marley Loomis scored in the first period to give the hometown Sailors an early advantage. But Aspen's Anita Dimento knotted the game at 1 a few minutes later. The two teams were scoreless in the second, third and first overtime periods, thanks in part to Salky's efforts between the pipes. The Steamboat keeper stopped several Aspen shots in the closing minutes of regulation and overtime, helping to set up the shoot-out.
"Both teams had opportunities to win," Brown said. "We just couldn't capitalize on ours."
Steamboat went first in the shoot-out and nearly took the upper hand when Teagann Yeager's shot just missed the mark. The puck bounced off the cross bar and back onto the ice. The two teams could not net a goal through the first four skaters, but after Steamboat missed on its fifth shot, Aspen made the most of the team's final opportunity.
"It was a great game," Brown said. "It didn't end the way we hoped, but all of our girls played great. I'm really proud of them."
The Steamboat team, which is a combination of first-year U12 and U10 players, had not won a game coming into the weekend tournament.
The home team opened with a 3-0 Friday loss to the Colorado Select U12 team, but rebounded with wins against Aspen and the Colorado Select U10 team.
The wins earned Steamboat the chance to play for the title Monday morning in the championship game against Aspen. Summit's U12 team took the ice against Aspen to play for the title in the A Division in the afternoon. Summit upset Aspen, 3-1, in that game.
The girls tournament is played each year in memory of Adele Dombrowski, who died in 2005 at the age of 17. She was an avid hockey player, and the tournament that now bears her name was started to help give local girls an opportunity to play hockey.
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