Steamboat Springs’ Pee-Wee B hockey team started the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League Playoffs two weeks ago as the No. 4 seed.
The team arrived Friday ready to battle it out for the league championship. The team won against Aspen, the No. 1 seed, in one of the most exciting games in Steamboat Youth Hockey history, after a double overtime and a double five-man shootout.
Steamboat’s Alex Brownell and Raleigh Darcy each scored, bringing the game to a 2-2 tie.
The double overtime produced no points for either team, sending them into a five-man shootout. Andrew Mitchell and Brownell both scored in the first five-man shoot-out, and Aspen also scored two.
Steamboat had 10 players skating out and one goalie. In the second-round five-man shootout, Steamboat goalie Jackson Draper defended all five Aspen shots, and Sam Shaffer planted the winning goal to bring the team into the winner’s bracket.
The team came back from a 3-0 deficit before losing to Vail, 4-2. The Steamboat team then beat Aspen again, 1-0, finding itself in the championship round against Vail.
The final game against Vail was a physical game. The team lost, 3-2, but brought home the 2011 Continental Divide Youth Hockey League Runner-Up banner for Steamboat.
“It was really great to see the team come together for playoffs,” coach Dave Strang said. “We really saw all of the things we have practiced throughout the season. I was so proud to see the boys display such character and poise in those tough games.”