Steamboat's Tyler Scott, left, and Jackson Perry celebrate a goal late in the Sailors' 6-3 win against Kent Denver on Saturday. Steamboat was effective on offense in the second and third periods to blow the game open.

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Steamboat's Tyler Scott, left, and Jackson Perry celebrate a goal late in the Sailors' 6-3 win against Kent Denver on Saturday. Steamboat was effective on offense in the second and third periods to blow the game open.

Steamboat Springs hockey team downs Kent Denver

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Steamboat's Matt Hale fights around a Kent Denver defender Saturday.

— The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team has been dealing with a case of multiple personality disorder.

The Sailors, for lack of better terms, have been really good or really bad.

The team has had a three-game winning streak, a four-game losing streak and with Saturday’s 6-3 win against Kent Denver, another three-game winning streak.

So which is the real Steamboat team?

“That’s a great question,” Steamboat coach Brent Tollar said. “They’re both the Steamboat teams. You need that adversity to find out who you are. We wouldn’t be where we are had we not faced that adversity. We’ve got some kids that took a good look at themselves and made some changes.”

On Saturday, the good Steamboat team showed up. Playing against a Kent Denver team with just 12 players, the Sailors (6-5-1) kept the line changes short and used their bench to wear down the Sun Devils.

Steamboat went up 2-0 in the first period on a slap shot from the blue line by Jordan Gorr and a power play goal from Christian Ramirez.

But Kent Denver answered back. Will Fehr cut the lead in half early in the second period. This is where Steamboat, in past games, has struggled.

But the Sailors answered right back. Ben Wharton and Jarret Walt scored goals at the end of the period less than two minutes apart to give the Sailors a 4-1 lead heading into the final period.

“I think definitely today we showed for the majority of the game what team we are,” said Ramirez, who had two goals from his defenseman slot. “We went through a slump, and now we’re on the right track.”

Tyler Scott and Ramirez added third-period goals for the final result.

Now the push for the playoffs begins. The streaks would be easy to define had Steamboat beat bad teams and lost to good teams.

Strangely enough, the only team ahead of Steamboat in the Foothills Conference that it lost to is Resurrection Christian.

How good the Sailors are will start to come out the next couple of weeks. The team plays at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Mullen and at 5 p.m. Saturday at Standley Lake.

Friday’s game almost is a must-win with Mullen treading near the middle of the Foothills Conference. Standley Lake is just two points ahead of Steamboat in the standings.

For Steamboat, Tollar said, the mantra is that the next game is the biggest game of the season.

“That’s the way we’re approaching it,” he said. “We’re traveling to Denver and have to be ready for our game Friday.”

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

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