Steamboat Springs A pair of Steamboat Springs girls hockey teams advanced to the finals for their age class this weekend during the Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament at Howelsen Ice Arena in Steamboat, but both fell just short of winning the home tournament.
Steamboat’s U19 girls team closed out a strong weekend of games with a 2-1 defeat against Aspen.
The local U14 team, meanwhile, lost 2-1 on penalty shots.
“It’s fun to win tournaments, but our entire motivation is to peak at the end of February when we’re playing for a league title,” Steamboat U14 coach Scott Glynn said. “When you give up one goal in four games and don’t win a tournament, it’s hard to believe.”
A third-period goal from Aspen doomed the U19 squad. Steamboat cruised through Friday and Saturday’s qualifying rounds, picking up a 2-1 win against that same Aspen squad. Aspen jumped out 1-0 in the first period of the championship match, but Steamboat’s Olivia Gore responded seconds later, knotting the game again, 1-1.
Aspen made the last move, however, scoring midway through the third period. Steamboat couldn’t take advantage of a power play opportunity soon after, then was down a player itself for most of the last two minutes of the game.
The U14 team went down even more dramatically, but the team said afterward that there was plenty of positive to be taken from the weekend.
That squad went 2-1 in round robin play, beating a combined Vail and Summit team, 1-0, and Aspen, 2-0, but losing to the Colorado Junior Eagles, 2-1.
They got a second chance against the Junior Eagles in the championship game and matched the team step for step for the entire game. It went to a shoot-out still scoreless.
“It was back and forth and both teams played really well defensively,” Steamboat coach Scott Glynn said. “The goaltenders were exceptionally valuable today. They kept everything in front of them. You don’t see many U14 games that have a 0-0 tie after three periods.”
Brooke Buchanan scored on Steamboat’s first penalty shot and the Eagles answered, then tagged on a second score Steamboat couldn’t answer.
“We were very upset, but mostly we’re glad we played together and had fun,” Steamboat goalie Tehya Johnson said. “We still won most of our games and it was a great weekend.”
Steamboat’s final team in the home tournament, the U12 girls, finished sixth in their division, earning a tie against Summit before losing to two different Colorado Select teams.