Yampa Valley Invitational hockey tournament results:
Friday - Craig Red Dogs vs. Steamboat Coyotes
Craig (1-0-0): 0 (1st), 1 (2nd), 0 (3rd), 1 (final)
Steamboat (0-1-0): 0 (1st), 0 (2nd), 0 (3rd), 0 (final)
• First Period - none.
• Second Period - 1, C, Kistler 1 (Dubois) 2:15.
• Third Period - none.
• Shots on goal - Craig 24, Steamboat 38
Craig Less than three minutes into Friday night's game against Steamboat Springs, Doug Bouck made a statement.
The Craig Red Dogs goalie stopped a breakaway by his hometown Coyotes, eliciting cheers from his teammates on the bench.
Little did they know, he was just getting started.
Bouck stopped a total of 38 shots, guiding the Red Dogs to a 1-0 shutout of Steamboat in both team's opening game of the Yampa Valley Invitational men's hockey tournament at Moffat County Ice Arena.
"Yeah, you could definitely say I was on," Bouck said. "I played a little bit this afternoon, so that helps."
It didn't help the Coyotes.
Bouck was bypassed for the starting goalie position by his hometown team, so, wanting some ice time, he joined the Red Dogs.
"It's safe to say he stole the game for us," Craig coach Jim Neton said.
Scoreless after the first period, the Red Dogs tallied what would prove to be the eventual game winner, 2:15 into the second frame.
Moffat County High School junior Cole DuBois broke down the left side of the ice, executing a perfect pass to a trailing Travis Kistler.
Kistler banged the puck home past the Steamboat netminder, left pad low.
"I was just trying to get a hold of the puck," Kistler said. "It bounced, but I managed to hit it and went right under their goalies pad."
With a running clock the first two periods, Craig managed to hold down the Coyotes, with the total shots-on-goal, 20-19, in favor of the Red Dogs.
When the stoppage play resumed in the third, Bouck took over.
Steamboat out shot Craig, 19-4, in the third period, but they couldn't find the missing piece of the Bouck puzzle.
Craig/Steamboat was the first of five games scheduled Friday in the 10-team YVI.
The teams have been split in to two, five-team pools.
Craig, Steamboat, Rock Springs, Wyo., Laramie, Wyo., and Denver II are in Pool A.
Casper, Wyo., Grand Junction, Denver I, Eagle Valley and Glenwood Springs represent Pool B.
Denver I is the defending tournament champion.
Craig plays three games today in the round-robin format event.
The Red Dogs face-off against Laramie at 7 a.m., Rock Springs at 1:15 p.m. and close pool play at 10 p.m. against Denver II.
Championship play begins for the top six teams at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Admission is free.