The Durango Steamers, the No. 3 seed at this weekend's Bantams (ages 12-14) state tournament in Denver, upset the No. 1
seed Friday night to reach Sunday's championship game at the Pepsi Center.
And it was a pair of first-time Durango Area Youth Hockey Association players that helped the Steamers get there.
Kyle Truax scored the game's first goal, and Cameron Treharne netted the final two, including the game-winning goal in
the second period, and the underdogs held on for a 3-2 victory against No. 1 seed and Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey
League champion Colorado Springs.
Truax scored an unassisted goal in the first period, and Treharne scored his first from Nick Tarpley and Zeb Soignier
later in the period.
Durango led 2-1 after the first period, then 3-1 after two periods on Treharne's second goal of the game. Truax
assisted the goal.
Colorado Springs got within one goal of the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League champions early in the third period, but
Matthew Mandelski held off the No. 1 seed to earn the victory in goal.
Coached by Steve Martin and Derek Raimo, the Steamers are Mandelski, Treharne, Truax, Tarpley, Soignier, Tyler Coombs,Gabe Tonnessen, Liam Millar, Riley Quigley, Danny Cummins, Mason Johnston, Sarah Martin and Zach Marqua.
Durango, outmanned 17-12 by Colorado Springs in players, will play No. 2 seed Northern Colorado Junior Eagles at 8 a.m.
Sunday for the championship.
The Durango Pee Wee team of 10- to 12-year-olds will play a state semifinal at 9 a.m. today at the Edge Ice Arena in
Littleton for its chance at the championship game at the Pepsi Center in Denver.