Craig Puck Ewes blank Steamboat Storm, 7-0

The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team rolled over the visiting Steamboat Storm, 7-0, Friday at the Moffat County Ice Arena.

The Ewes exploded for four goals in the first period, then clamped down defensively to shut down the visitors.

Craig (3-2-1 Women's Association of Colorado Hockey) held the league's top two offensive threats - Steamboat's Deborah Rose (10 goals, 5 assists) and Alexa Pighini (5 goals, 9 assists) - in check, boosting goalie Kandice Torno to her first shutout victory of the season.

Torno stopped 14 shots in the win and pushed her league-leading per game goals against average to 1.45.

Kelsie Pomeroy scored two goals in the game's first five minutes, and Terri Jourgensen's breakaway goal less than 30 seconds later put the home team on top, 3-0.

Gayle Criswell received a pass from Annie Abdella with less than three minutes remaining in the opening period and slammed home her first goal of the season for a 4-0 Ewes lead.

Shannon Young scored her fifth goal of the season midway through the second period, increasing the lead to five.

Criswell returned the favor to Abdella 30 seconds into the final frame, feeding the Ewes forward for her fourth goal of the season.

Pomeroy completed the hat trick with less than three minutes left in regulation, depositing a pass from Jamie Eckroth into the Steamboat net for the final margin of victory.

The Ewes' next game is 7:15 p.m. Friday against the visiting Steamboat Edge (0-5 WACH).

Notes:

Steamboat had won five consecutive games entering Friday night's contest, including a 3-2 home victory Jan. 2 against Craig. ... The win pushed the Ewes' regular season point-total to seven, five points behind the league-leading Storm (6-3-0 WACH).

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