Steamboat hockey scores easy win at Columbine on Friday

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— The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team got off to a slow start Friday at Columbine but rebounded with two strong closing periods to skate away with a 4-0 road win.

The Sailors outshot the Rebels, 47-23, and got a perfect game in net from Erik Owen and Joey Haight to improve to 12-3 overall and 8-2 in the Foothills Conference.

After a scoreless first period, Steamboat scored late in the second on a short-handed goal from junior Lance Ostrom.

Linemate John Wharton added a tally just 40 seconds later to give the Sailors a 2-0 lead.

Senior defenseman Patrick Weston scored a power play goal early in the third, and Ostrom tallied his second of the night midway through the period to finish off the scoring.

“We got the two points,” Steam­­­boat coach Jeff Ruff said about the win. “We started a little slow, but we got it done. We came down and got the points, and that’s what we needed to do.”

Steamboat plays at 6:10 p.m. today at Dakota Ridge.

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