Steamboat Springs' goaltender Ian Berry put up a wall the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team couldn't get past Thursday night.
During three separate breakaways, the host Bulldogs threatened to break into the lead late into the third period. Each time, Berry shot them down.
Then, with 1:50 left in the third period, Steamboat Springs' John Worden slid in a goal to make the final 2-1, dropping Moffat County's record to 6-8-2.
"We had some great breakaways and their goalie just stoned us," Bulldogs head coach Darin Hickey said.
Steamboat Springs' Matt Kauffmann struck first early in the first period, putting his team up, 1-0.
Then the penalties started to fly, which is not out of the norm, Hickey said.
"It's not uncommon for our team, but it's something we need to work on to get through the playoffs," he said.
Combined, the Bulldogs spent 26 minutes in the penalty box, compared to their opponent's 16.
With 7:37 left in the second period, Bulldogs' Scott Smith tied it up, with the assist by Ian Forgay.
But from there, it seemed like Steamboat Springs was constantly on powerplay.
And it hurt them, senior Mark Oxley said.
"We just need to stay out of the penalty box," Oxley said.
His coach agreed.
"We just gave them too many opportunities on powerplay," Hickey said. "It's hard to win a game when you're down like that."
Hickey added that goalie Bryce Ponikvar handled them well.
This was the fourth showing for Moffat County and Steamboat Springs, the first two came in tournament play and this game marked the second league game between the rivals.
"We definitely played better than the first time against Steamboat," Hickey said. "It's going to be trying whenever we play Steamboat because if the talent isn't there, the heart is."
The Bulldogs head to Vernal on Friday, where they face Rock Springs.
"We needed the victory, but I hope this turns us up for the games in Vernal," Hickey said.
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