Sports briefs: Sailors hockey gets win against Danes

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Steamboat Springs Hockey, 2008-09

— The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team checked off one thing on its list Friday when freshman Brady Bender scored a goal in a 6-0 win against Liberty.

Saturday against Fountain Valley, Steamboat crossed off another to-do item in a 3-2 victory: Sophomore goalie Erik Owen got his first start and win of the year, stopping 17 shots.

Despite giving up two first-period goals and putting the Sailors in a 2-1 hole, Owen was solid the rest of the night.

"He's a sophomore goaltender, and he was a little nervous," Steamboat coach Jeff Ruff said. "But he got on a roll and kept the puck out of the net the next two periods."

The Sailors (10-3 overall) went up first on a Cody Fritz goal. But Fountain Valley got two quick tallies to head into the first intermission up 2-1.

But Steamboat wouldn't be denied.

Jake Bearss scored the equalizer three minutes into the second period, and Grant Ehrick got the game-winner with less than two minutes left in the third period to give the Sailors the victory.

"We worked real hard to get those couple of goals," said Ruff, whose team outshot Fountain Valley, 33-19. "That's one of the hardest-working teams we've played. What they lacked in skill, they make up in hard work."

Steamboat now prepares for a home stand Friday and Saturday. The team welcomes Air Academy for a 6:30 p.m. game Friday and Valor Christian for a 3 p.m. game Saturday.

Steamboat team skis strong in Nordic event

Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skier Michael Ward led the way for a strong team showing Thursday in a pair of races at Frisco.

Ward won the skate skiing race and was eighth in the classic skiing portion of the event. His times combined to place him third overall.

Erik Lynch finished 14th overall, a result powered by a second-place finish in the skate. Jasper Gantic was 15th thanks to top-20 finishes in both events.

Liza Stout was the top Steamboat girls finisher. She was seventh in the classic race, and her combined times placed her 10th. Sarah Dixson was 16th, and Katherine Lynch finished 22nd.

The boys team placed third in the event, behind first-place Vail Mountain and Aspen. The girls were fourth.

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