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Bantam A hockey skates to 5-0 record in Colorado Springs

Luke Graham

The Steamboat Springs Bantam A hockey team celebrates after winning the Colorado Cup in Colorado Springs during the weekend. Players include Logan Banning, Jesse Draper, Ryan Cagnoni, Quinn Cain, Bobby Elliott, Andrew Firestone, Matt Hale, Patrick Milne, Christian Ramirez, Tyler Scott, Erik Sobeck, Trent Trask, Ryan Walker, Casey Weston, Ben Wharton and Peter White. Coaches are Bob Milne and PJ Wharton.

— The Steamboat Springs Bantam A hockey team won the Colorado Cup in Colorado Springs during the weekend, compiling a 5-0 tournament record.

Playing against teams from cross the region, Steamboat — a collection of 13- and 14-year-old players — rolled the tournament, culminating in a 5-3 win Monday against the Colorado Springs Junior Tigers.

The team also defeated squads from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

In dominating fashion, Steamboat outshot its opponents by a 2-1 margin in the tournament.

Steamboat beat the Phoenix Polar Bears, 5-1; the Austin Road Runners, 6-0; the Dallas Alliance, 8-0; and the New Mexico Renegades, 3-2, before beating the Colorado Springs team in the finals.

In the finals, Ben Wharton scored first to put Steamboat up 1-0. Ryan Cagnoni added a goal at the end of the first period to put Steamboat up 2-0.

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But Colorado Springs answered with three goals to take a 3-2 lead in the third period.

Cagnoni got the equalizer, and Christian Ramirez got the game winner in a matter of moments to secure the win. Wharton added a late goal to account for the final score.

Steamboat goaltenders were equally impressive. Trent Trask and Jesse Draper allowed six goals the entire tournament, and each picked up a shutout.

Matt Hale led the scoring with 10 points (seven goals, three assists) and had four goals in one game. Tyler Scott and Christian Ramirez each recorded hat tricks in the tournament.

The push to the tournament win, however, began the week before. Steamboat, which plays in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League, was blasted, 9-1, by the league-leading Denver Junior Eagles. Steamboat played the team again the next day, winning, 3-2.

"From a coaching standpoint, nothing gives you more satisfaction than to have a group of guys lose 9-1, then go on a six-game win streak," Steamboat coach Bob Milne said. "It was playing disciplined hockey and believing in themselves."

Steamboat will now work to become a top-four team in the league. The team's next big tournament is March 5 and 6 in Steamboat, when the team hosts the league district tournament.

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