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Two local hockey teams lose

Luke Graham

The Steamboat Springs Bantam team kept just missing opportunities.

After outplaying and out shooting the Fort Collins team, 41-13, through regulation, Steamboat headed into overtime tied, 1-1, looking to capitalize on its opportunities.

Finally, a minute into the overtime, Steamboat’s Ryan Zywicki put a shot on net and Mark Hoovler gathered the rebound and sent the puck over the Fort Collins goalie’s right shoulder, giving Steamboat a 2-1 win and third place in the 11th Annual Ski Town USA Hockey Festival.

“I just picked up the rebound and put it in,” Hoovler said. “It was pretty sweet.”

Fort Collins got on the board in the first in one of its rare opportunities. Steamboat answered right back in the second period, when Lance Ostrom scored on a feed from Kaelen Gunderson.

“We’re just one big working machine,” Hoovler said of the Bantam’s teamwork. “We’re always on the move and that’s what makes us a great team.”

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Unfortunately, the day wasn’t as kind to the other two Steamboat teams. The peewee and midget teams both fell in back and forth games.

After skating to a 1-1 tie on Friday against the Greeley Renegades, the Steamboat peewee team lost, 2-0, to the Renegades in the championship game. Steamboat had several opportunities early in the third period but were unable to capitalize.

Despite the loss, peewee coach John Lupori thought his team played much better against Greeley the second time around.

“It was an excellent effort,” Lupori said. “We neutralized this team compared with the last game. I think it was a good match. They just happened to win.”

In the last game of the day for Steamboat, the midget team lost, 2-1, to Moffat County. In a game highlighted by big hits and high intensity, Steamboat couldn’t cash in on several opportunities. Moffat County jumped out to a 2-0 lead into the third period when Steamboat’s Charlie Smith knifed through two defenders, got pulled down and still managed to put one above the goalie’s right shoulder.

Steamboat finished the game on a power play, but couldn’t convert on any of its three shots.

“We worked hard,” Steamboat coach Dwight Gayer said. “It’s tough. This team came together last week as a full squad but the weekend in general was positive for the players and for the people who watched hockey.”

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