Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs bantam A hockey team finished its season Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Crested Butte in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League semifinal game.
Steamboat finished the regular season third, with the top four teams invited to Howelsen Ice Arena for the double-elimination playoff tournament.
In the opening game Friday, Steamboat lost 2-0 to Aspen.
In an elimination game Saturday, Steamboat played top-seeded Durango.
Steamboat took an early 4-1 lead after the first period, but Durango cut it to 4-3 late. Steamboat was able to hold on and moved on to the Crested Butte game to decide which team would play Aspen in the finals.
Steamboat outshot Crested Butte, 28-7, but was unable to get past the Crested Butte goaltender. Crested Butte got their one goal off a deflection.
"We, the coaches, are extremely proud of the effort Steamboat put on the ice this weekend," coach Paul Mitchell said. "This was a very special team. They played hard all year and left everything on the ice against Crested Butte. It is a shame we couldn't find a way to slip a couple past their goalie."
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