Skating on tired legs with a short roster, the Durango Bantams pressed the Littleton Red Bantams to the limit Monday.
The No. 2 seed, Durango struck quickly in the Bantam championship game of the annual President's Day Tournament at
the Chapman Hill Ice Rink.
Riley Quigley scored twice in the first period to give Durango a 2-0 lead over Littleton, the No. 1 seed with a
spotless record thus far in the tournament.
His first goal was unassisted. Zach Marqua assisted on the second goal. The Durango Bantams (ages 13-15) held the
lead through a scoreless second period.
But in the third period, the deep Littleton Red team took advantage of a number of power-play opportunities against
Littleton, in fact, scored three power-play goals in the third period to to win 3-2 and take home the Bantam
Littleton enjoyed a huge advantage in shots on goal before taking the one-goal victory. Littleton finished 5-0-0 in
the tournament. The Durango Bantam team was 3-2-0 in the local tournament.
The Durango Bantams' roster included Kyle Truax, Nick Tarpley, Danny Cummins, Cameron Treharne, Mason Johnston, Gabe
Tonnessen, Zeb Soignier, Liam Millar, Sara Martin, Tyler Coombs, Quigley and Marqua.
Matt Mandelski played in goal for the Durango Bantams. He was swarmed by his appreciative teammates after the game
when they collected the second-place trophy.
The team is coached by Steve Martin and Derek Raimo. Kathy Tonnessen is the team manager.
In the Bantam third-place game Saturday, New Mexico defeated Crested Butte 5-2.
In the Pee Wee Division (ages 9-12), the Durango team finished third with a 3-0 shutout of Ogden on Monday morning at
The Durango Pee Wees dominated, outshooting Ogden 31-10.
Rex Stowers scored two goals for Durango in the first period.
Eric Walker added the final goal in the third period.
Brad Tarpley assisted on both of Stowers' goals, including a power play score.
Trystan Hale was in goal for Durango in the third-place game.
The Durango Pee Wee roster for the tourney included Jake Beekmann, Caleb Carpenter, tim martin, Benji Mickel, Derek
Pansze, Sophia Quick, Kyle Robinette, Devin Steffler, Kele Steffler, Stowers, Tarpley, Collin Thorburn, Corinne Truax
In the Pee Wee championship, Rio Rancho came from a 3-1 deficit to defeat New Mexico rival Los Alamos 4-3.
Rio Rancho scored three times in the third period to win the tournament. The final goal came on a penalty shot by Rio
Rancho's Kyle Usiak.
Rio Rancho had 24 shots to 12 for Los Alamos.
The tournaments were hosted at Chapman Hill by the Durango Area Youth Hockey Association.