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Steamboat U14 girls hockey snags 2nd place at annual Adele Dombrowski tourney

Ben Ingersoll

— The Steamboat Springs U14 girls hockey team’s deep run at the annual Adele Dombrowski Tournament at Howelsen Ice Arena was cut just short of a championship Sunday afternoon, but the girls had a blast in what is a competitive but fun round of games each year.

The West Elk Wolverines, out of Gunnison, used a pair of third-period goals to down Steamboat, 3-1, in Sunday’s U14 finals.

"The mountain hockey teams just have a lot of camaraderie," Steamboat assistant coach Herald Stout said. "There is a lot of sportsmanship, and it’s all a feel-good tournament. We all want to win, but we don’t begrudge the other guys for beating us."

The U14 girls got to the championship by beating Summit on Friday, 3-2, tying with Aspen and losing to West Elk on Saturday.

But in Saturday’s loss, Steamboat was shut out, 2-0. On Sunday, after a second-period goal by the Wolverines at the 10:30 mark, Steamboat’s Alicia Mitchell tied things up with a score of her own.

West Elk put the game away in the third period, finding the back of the net at the 10:40 mark and tacking on an extra empty-net goal with just 42 seconds remaining.

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"Gunnison, I think, has a little more experience than we do," Stout said. "I’m just very happy that it was a close game, and they were competitive the whole way."

In U12 action, Steamboat scored a 2-2 tie in its Friday opener against Summit but fell big in the day’s second game to Aspen, 6-1. The Lady RoughRiders downed Steamboat, 5-1, on Saturday, and Summit got a bit of revenge with a 5-1 victory against Steamboat on Sunday.

The Steamboat U19 squad went an even .500 at the Adele Dombrowski tourney, beating the Junior Eagles, 4-3, on Friday and downing them again Sunday, 3-1. They lost to Summit, 4-0, on Saturday and dropped a close one to Aspen the same day, 3-2.

On the season, the Steamboat U19 team is 4-2-2 this regular season. The U14 squad is 1-3, and the U12 team is 2-2.

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