Midget B team takes 2nd place at tourney

— The Steamboat Springs midget B team took second place last weekend at the Hyland Hills Spring Fling Tournament near Denver.

"It was a real team effort," coach Bill Krueger said. "Every player on our team recorded a point either had a goal or an assist in the three-day tournament."

The TCD/Sopris Creek Painting team defeated three different teams from Hyland Hills but couldn't get past a squad from Los Alamos, N.M., in two games. The Steamboat team finished with a 3-2 record for the weekend and the second-place trophy.

The local skaters opened play Friday with a 5-3 win over the Hyland Hills No. 3 team. Steamboat got goals from Derek Rule, Alex Fragola (2), Josh Davies and Joe Buckley in the first game. Assist came from Davies, Ryan Mack, Fragola, Chris Russell and Shawn Haynes.

On Saturday, the local team lost the first of two meetings with Los Alamos in a 7-1 contest. The only Steamboat goal came from Burt VerHaar with an assist from Russell. The Los Alamos team netted three goals in the first, three in the second and one in the final period to skate to the win.

Later that same day, the Steamboat team rebounded with a 6-1 win over the Hyland Hills No. 2 team. The Hyland Hills team struck first, but the Steamboat team answered with six unanswered goals.

Josh Davies recorded the hat trick and Fragola scored twice. Rule netted the other Steamboat goal. Assists came from Rob Anderson, Shawn Ramage, Kyle Monger and Buckley.

Steamboat opened Sunday with a 3-1 win over the Hyland Hill's No. 4 team. Jake Hammerslag, Shawn Haynes and Rule all scored in the contest. Assists came from Davies, Monger, Jim Pecenka and David Packert.

In the championship tilt, however, the local skaters lost to the Los Alamos Hiltopers in a 12-1 game. The New Mexico team scored four times in the first, two times in the second and six times in the third period of the game. Steamboat's only goal came in the third period when VerHaar beat the Hiltopers' goalkeeper after getting an assist from Russell.

Despite the championship loss Krueger was proud of his players and the job they did over the weekend. In addition to the well-rounded offensive attack, the local team got some help between the pipes from it goalkeeper Andrew Krueger. The Steamboat faced more than 130 shots on goal.

"Everybody just played great and everybody contributed," Krueger said. "I think that's what makes this one special."

Most of the players on the team came from Steamboat. However, a few came down from Cheyenne and joined the Steamboat team just for the tournament.

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