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Wranglers hockey set for big, pink home stand

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Wranglers coach Joakim Falt is excited about his team, and he said Friday and Saturday night are the perfect opportunity to show the squad off to its hometown, and for a good cause on top of that.

The Wranglers will play at 8 p.m. Friday night as a part of the "Pink the Rink" fundraiser to benefit Steamboat's Gloria Gossard Breast Cancer Center.

The fundraiser will be a part of the Steamboat junior hockey league's weekend home stand against Breckenridge.

"What we're doing, it's hockey fighting cancer, and every single dollar except the gate will go back to the hospital," Falk said. "It will be massive."

The players will wear special pink jerseys for the night. and several of the jerseys with be auctioned off during the game. There will also be silent auction items including other pink Wranglers gear and "some surprises."

Fans who attend this weekend's games — Steamboat will face Breckenridge again at 7 p.m. Saturday — will catch the Wranglers on a hot streak.

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They're coming off a three-game sweep of Pikes Peak, the reigning champions of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League and the team that, going into those three games, the Wranglers were tied with at the top of the RMJHL standings.

There's no tie now, and the Wranglers are in control with an 11-4 record.

Pikes Peak is second at 7-5, the Colorado Rampage third at 5-6-1, the Breckenridge Bolts fourth at 3-7 and the Colorado Thunderbirds fifth at 3-7-1.

Steamboat won those games in Pikes Peak 4-2 on Friday, 3-2 on Saturday and 5-3 on Sunday to cap the weekend.

Those three games showed off the team's depth as 10 different players scored, only two getting into the net more than once.

Shawn Catudal and Andrew DeMorat each scored two while Grant Longtin, Brett Wilson, Nevada White, Ben Lepper, Max Kleiner, Hunter Howe, Jarrett Strutz and Joel Rothman all scored one goal each.

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