Steamboat Springs High School hockey players shine in final regular season home game

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— The Steamboat Springs hockey team put on a show during its final regular season home game of 2013-14 on Tuesday night at the Howelsen Ice Arena.

Led by Ben Wharton’s three goals, the Sailors cruised to a 6-0 win against Summit County.

Jackson Perry also had a solid night, scoring twice and assisting on two first-period goals.

The Sailors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from Wharton at 7:57. The Sailors added to the lead with goals from Elliott at 10:39 and another from Perry at 10:48. Perry and Wharton had two assists in the first period, and Bobby Elliott had one.

“We played a really, really strong game,” coach Brent Tollar said. “The boys worked really hard for all three periods, and it seems like everyone contributed in this one.”

In the second period, Steamboat continued to pull away from the Tigers when Wharton scored at 7:33 with an assist from Matt Hale. The final period saw the Sailors score two more goals — Perry and Wharton added a pair of third-period goals to secure the victory.

Steamboat finished the game with 39 shots on goal to Summit’s 15 shots.

Steamboat played three goalies in the game with Trent Trask, Connor Glynn and Jackson Draper. Each of the goalies ended the game with five saves.

The Sailors will travel to Arvada on Friday to take on Ralston Valley at the Apex arena.

Steamboat is 11-5-1 overall and 7-5-1 in the Foothills conference and has gone 4-1 in the team’s past five games.

The victory most likely was the final home game for 10 Steamboat Springs High School seniors: Ryan Walker, Quinn Cain, Connor Glynn, Trent Trask, Wharton, Perry, Elliott, Dillon Chapman, Casey Weston and Matt Hale.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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