Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs hockey player Monica Patten played a key role in her team’s strong run at the USA Hockey Association’s National Tournament in Dallas earlier this month. Patten’s Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey U19 Colorado Tigers Prep Elite team drove to the finals but came up just short of securing the championship, falling, 5-2, to an all-star team from Texas.
Patten scored two goals in her team’s six games, the first of which gave her team an important 3-1 lead late in a tough game against a Massachusetts squad.
Patten was the only local player on the squad, though several others were from the mountain region. Four other local girls played at the same tournament.
Teagann Yeager and Rebecca Brown played for the U14 Mountain States Rock Stars. Yeager led that squad in scoring, punching in two goals. Marley Loomis and Sara Stout played for the U16 Mountain States Rock Stars. Stout notched one assist in the team’s three games.