Steamboat Springs After winning the B1 tournament last year, the Steamboat Chix with Stix women’s hockey team moved up a division and had a less-than-stellar regular season. To prepare for a tournament in early April, they scheduled two games against the University of Wyoming on Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.
The noon game had to be postponed until 1 p.m. because U.S. Highway 40 was closed on Rabbit Ears Pass after a car accident.
Steamboat’s Nikki Knoebel earned a shutout in goal, though, and the Chix won the opener, 5-0. Riley Polumbus and Shannon Forbes each scored two goals, and Cori Kalmes scored once. Jen Travis had three assists and Forbes two, while Polumbus, Kalmes and Megan Palmer each had one. The Chix outshot Wyoming, 34-11.
The two teams met again at 9 p.m., and the Chix won the night game, 9-1. Each Chix goal was scored by a different player: Polumbus; Cori Kalmes and her sister, Laura Kalmes; Forbes; Travis; Sarah Fox; Lisa Owen; Jodi Lightfoot; and Renee Dupre. Travis and Dupre each had two assists while Forbes, Fox, Palmer, Polumbus, Laura Kalmes, Cori Kalmes and Julia Wallace each had one.
It was a bittersweet weekend, as the Chix said goodbye to one of their players. Polumbus is moving to Montana to work at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Coach Tim Shorland commented that Riley “played one of her best games, ever,” on Saturday.
The Chix hope to carry the momentum into the A2 tournament, hosted by Vail from Friday to Sunday.