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Chix with Stix off to undefeated start

Riley Polumbus

One of the advantages of women's competitive hockey in Steamboat Springs is its consistency. The majority of this year's Chix with Stix team has been playing together for at least six years. It shows in its passing game, puck control and teamwork.

And it shows in the team's current record. The Chix are undefeated, 6-0, recording 27 goals and only one goal against.

The team resumes play at 10 p.m. Friday in Fort Collins, when the team plays the only other undefeated team in its B1 division, the Northern Colorado Comets. The teams also play at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

"We're playing very well as a team; everything is falling into place," Chix captain Cathy Wiedemer said. "Everyone is clicking; every shift is very effective."

Adding to the team's depth this year is Shannon Forbes, who recently moved to Steamboat Springs from Craig. Also, new assistant coaches Mark Bucksen and Zach Murphy have joined head coach Tom Shorland.

The Chix ended the 2008-09 season with a loss in the B1 division championship game. However, the Chix started this season with momentum, having defended their title at the Breckenridge Oktoberfest tournament in September.

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The Chix opened the season with a doubleheader at home, hosting division foe The Clash from Denver in early November. In both games, the Chix skated to a 4-0 win. Next, they hosted a young University of Wyoming team and upped the ante with two 5-0 wins.

In early December, the Chix played their first road series in Denver, facing two more division rivals, the Renegades and the Ice Monkeys. The Chix let in their first goal with the Renegades but went on to claim a 6-1 victory. Then they blanked the Ice Monkeys, 3-0.

Fans can cheer on the Chix at home during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, when they host Pueblo at noon Jan. 16 and at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17.