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Craig hockey team loses to Steamboat Springs in home games

Craig's Ripley Bellio goes after the puck in the last period of Sunday's second home game against Steamboat Springs. Craig Youth Hockey Association's Midget team lost 8-1 in the first game and 7-1 in the second game.

— Craig Youth Hockey Association's Midget team lost twice to the Steamboat Springs team at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena on Sunday, but not without putting up a fight.

Steamboat prevailed in the first game, 8-1, with Craig's Zachary Soron scoring in the first period with an assist from Ripley Bellio.

The Bulldogs managed to hold Steamboat at bay in the first period of the second game, which closed with a score of 1-1. Ripley, the Bulldogs' leading scorer, clinched the team's single point in the first period with an assist from Garrett Ferguson.

Steamboat took the lead in the second period with a score of 3-1 and extended its lead another four points in the third period, closing out the game with a 7-1 win.

"Every game, we're getting better," Bulldogs coach Randy Armstrong said. "All of the players played so well."

The Bulldogs fought hard to defend their goal in both games. Goalie Wyatt Bellio took 41 shots from the Steamboat players in the first game and 40 in the second, blocking more than 80 percent of them.

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"Our goalie was phenomenal today," Armstrong said. "He made a lot of great saves."

Now six games in, the team has been playing this season without one of its strongest players, Brodey Gutierrez, who suffered a knee injury at the start of the season. Armstrong said the players are in a rebuilding phase now.

"When we lost Brodey, it was a big loss. He's a solid player," Armstrong said. "But everyone really stepped up. I'm really encouraged."

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