Steamboat Springs It wasn’t a beautiful play.
The puck rattled around between a trio of defenders near the net early in the third period, as a pair of Steamboat Springs U19 girls players poked in to try to score the go-ahead goal.
Eventually, that worked, the puck not slamming into the back of the net, but instead skidding over the line by a few inches.
That goal may not have been decisive-looking, but it went a long way toward deciding things for Steamboat’s highly-touted U19 girls team. It gave the team a 2-1 lead and, with the way the squad was playing defense, all but assured it would lock up a championship in the Adele Dombrowski Memorial Tournament for the second consecutive year.
Steamboat added another goal against an open net late in the period, sewing up the win against the league U16 all-star team in the tournament’s championship game, 3-1.
“We wanted to keep our title,” Steamboat’s Corinne Landy said. “We’re on a winning streak now. We’ve won 11 in a row.”
Steamboat got on the board early with a goal from Olivia Gorr, who scored just a minute into the first period.
The all-star squad included top U16 players from across the region, including several Steamboat players who played for the all-star team during the tournament, but played for Steamboat in the championship game.
The squad answered back midway through the first period. The teams played a scoreless second period before Teagann Yeager scored the tapped-in goal early in the third. She had assists from Landy and Meghan Lukens on the play.
“I was right there and going in for the rebound,” Lukens said. “It just bounced in. It was great because we worked really hard for that goal.”
Kendall Yeager then closed out the scoring for Steamboat, knocking one into an open net late in the third period.
U12 girls lose in shootout
Steamboat’s U12 girls team scored a late goal to force overtime, but eventually the team lost in the championship on penalty shots.
Steamboat’s Stacy Stabile slid in a goal to tie the game at 1-1 late in the third period. Both teams went scoreless in a pair of sudden-death overtime periods, and still were locked up after the first five penalty shots.
The Colorado Select U12A squad finally got one through, however, winning, 4-3.
“The girls were disappointed they didn’t win, but it’s the first time in their lives they’ve been in a championship game,” Steamboat coach Fred Power said. “They really conducted themselves well.”
Stabile and Riley Toye scored on penalty shots for Steamboat, and goalie Tanner Stover made a handful of big saves to keep things even. One finally skidded past her right side, however.
“The game was scary, but it was worth it,” Stabile said. “The weekend was a lot of fun. I really like how we worked as a team and none of us ever gave up.”
Awards handed out
The annual Adele awards were given out Saturday night during a break in the three-day tournament’s action. One player thought best to signify the qualities Adele Dombroski loved in hockey was selected from each of Steamboat’s teams.
Becky Brown received the honor from the U12 team. Emma Wilson was named from the U16 Steamboat team, which played a scrimmage at the tournament Saturday. Wilson also played on the U16 all-star team that lost to Steamboat in the U19 championship game.
Landy won for the U19 Steamboat girls.