Four more games, four more wins.
The Durango Steamers, a 6- to 8-year-old Mites team in the Durango Area Youth Hockey League, swept their home-ice
Steamers Cup on Jan. 9-10 with a pair of shutouts and four more victories in their undefeated season.
Durango outscored Flagstaff, Taos and Telluride 36-3 to win the Cup.
Durango defeated third-place Taos 14-2 in Game 1, runner-up Flagstaff 3-1 in Game 2, fourth-place Telluride 8-0 in Game
3 then shut out Flagstaff 11-0 in Sunday's championship game.
Goaltender Jax Bayer earned shutouts in the Steamers' final two games.
Quinn Simmons had a pair of hat tricks in the four-team tournament, and Xander Sakadinsky, Cullen Robinette and Joe
Arnwine all had hat tricks in the four-game sweep.
Sakadinsky, Colby Simmons and Nate Foster led the Steamers with two assists each.
There were more than 70
8-and-under youth hockey players in the Mites' annual
One week later, the Durango Steamers won the Telluride Mites Tournament.
Sawyer Ward had his debut as goalie. He had 10 saves in the championship victory for
The team opened with an
11-2 win over the Telluride Lizardheads. Then, Durango topped the Gunnison Blades 13-1.
Durango defeated Telluride again (12-1) and then topped Crested Butte 8-1 in the championship game, improving to
18-0 on the season.
The Mites will play again Feb. 13 in Gunnison.
Durango's Midget hockey team had a rocky two-day home stand to finish its 2009 schedule, losing three of four Rocky
Mountain Youth Hockey League games against Gunnison and Kremmling/Oak Creek at Chapman Hill Ice Rink on Dec. 19-20,respectively.
Durango rebounded with a 10-0 result in a scrimmage Saturday against Telluride in its first game of the 2010 schedule.
In their first game against first-place Gunnison, the high school age Midgets lost 7-2.
Connor Coughlan scored both of Durango's goals, and Dane Bier and Ryan Dittmar tended goal.
In the second game against Gunnison, Durango held a 1-0 advantage until the third period before Gunnison scored two
five-on-three power-play goals and a shorthanded goal to win 3-1.
Coughlan again scored for Durango on an assist from 15-year-old defenseman Austin Mcmenimen.
Bier stopped 32 of 35 shots in the loss.
Durango won its third game 4-3 against the Kremmling/Oak Creek Cattle Kings.
Colin Mackay scored in the first period on an assist from Cory Kerns to tie the game at 1 going into the second period.
The Cattle Kings took the lead at 1:47, but Logan Cole quickly tied it at 2-2 on an assist from Tanner Coughlan.
Kremmling regained the lead at 9:22 in the second, but less than two minutes later Durango tied it up at 3-all on a
goal by Nikita Hermesman off a pass from Byron Spitler.
Connor Coughlan scored the unassisted game-winner two minutes later.
Bier made 29 saves in the win.
Durango lost its winning ways in the fourth and final game, losing 8-5 to Kremmling/Oak Creek.
The game was 2-1 after the first period with Tanner Coughlan scoring Durango's only goal on an assist from Cody
Civiletto. Connor Coughlan scored a pair of unassisted goals in the second period, but the team entered the third down
Kerns scored two goals in the final frame - the first assisted by Kyle Horn and Hermesman, the second by Civiletto.
Dittmar had 27 saves on 35 shots.
Up next for Durango (3-5-2) is a road trip to Crested Butte for two games - a 6:30 p.m. game Jan. 23 and an 8 a.m. game