Steamboat hockey falls on Front Range

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— Kent Denver scored early and often Saturday night, sending the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team to a 1-2 record. The Sailors fell, 7-4.

“It was certainly a disappointing road trip for us,” Steamboat coach Jeff Ruff said after his team dropped its second game in as many nights. “Maybe the youth on our team isn’t used to the travel and isn’t used to playing three games in four nights, but we lacked the appropriate intensity to play high school games for large stretches of both games.”

Kent Denver exploded to a big lead, scoring twice in the first period and three times in the second. Denver’s Hunter Hartman had three of those, scoring a hat trick before Steamboat got on the board.

Christian Ramirez finally put his squad there, scoring on a pass from Jarrett Walt late in the second period.

“Christian stood out. He had a great weekend of hockey, and so did Jarrett,” said Ruff, who also pointed to John Wharton and Lance Ostrom as standout Sailors. “They weren’t on the ice when the other team was scoring.”

Steamboat got three more goals in the third period, from Michael Samuelson, Alex Elliott and Matt Hale, but it wasn’t enough to get back in the game. Kent Denver scored to open that period and close it, to set the final score.

If the Sailors are tired, things likely won’t get better soon. They’re back on the ice at 6:30 p.m. Monday at home against Summit.

“It’s a tough schedule for a young team, four games in six nights, but we’ll have to work through and learn from it,” Ruff said. “We have to make the necessary adjustments to get back on track. I believe we will. This is a dedicated group that just needs to come out with a little more intensity.”

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