Steamboat Springs hockey team ties Dakota Ridge

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— The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team tied Dakota Ridge at 4 on Saturday in a physical matchup.

Steamboat, 6-8-2, held the lead for most of the night before Dakota Ridge scored a goal midway through the third period to send it to overtime.

The game was marked by penalties, the scorekeeper having to substitute pens to fill out the scorecard.

Between the two teams, there were 28 penalties including three game misconducts.

“I’m not even sure where to start,” Steamboat coach Benny Tollar said, holding back in a game where penalties dictated any type of rhythm for either team.

Steamboat, however, had every chance to win it in regulation.

The Sailors took a 2-1 first period lead on a pair of power play goals by Michael Samuelson and Christina Ramirez.

Dakota Ridge tied at 2 to start the second before Matt Hale and Ramirez bookended goals in the second to send the Sailors to a 4-3 lead heading into the third period.

Dakota Ridge’s Joey Doice got the equalizer midway through the third to tie it at 4.

Late though, Steamboat stemmed off a long 5 on 3 power play that kept the result. It was a crucial stand for a Steamboat team looking to make the playoffs.

Steamboat next plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home against Fountain Valley.

“The positives are we play well at home,” Tollar said. “We close the schedule there. I believe the kids will step up their game.”

All four home games — where the team closes out the season — remain crucial. Steamboat is 10th in the Foothills Conference. The top eight make the state playoffs.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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