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Breakaways open season with win

It was something old, something new and something blue in the Vail Breakaways women’s hockey opener Sunday at Dobson.

Veterans like Kristena Wyatt, Alice Plain, Becky Maddux and Cindy Reynolds and company were in their traditional sharp form. The new kids – Caroline Cox and Pam VanReesma – also showed their punch.

And that left the visiting Fort Collins Flames feeling blue, as the Breakaways, the defending state champs, skated to an 8-1 win.



“It was a great start,” said Breakaways captain Plain. “The first few shifts, we were a little shaky. But, then, we came together, and looked like we hadn’t missed a beat.”

The Breakaways newbies also didn’t miss a beat. VanReesma, who just graduated from Harvard, where she played in last spring’s title game against Minnesota, along with Reynolds assisted Cox 13 minutes into the new season for a 1-0 lead.

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For Cox, whose sister is Breakaways vet, Ali Wadey, it was a special moment, after a six-year hiatus from the ice.

“It was pretty nice,” Cox said. “It’s been a while since Ali and I played in prep school. It was fun, after six years, getting a goal and an assist. As long as I get to play hockey, I’m stoked.”

Vail really got things going in the second period. Wyatt scored on an unassisted goal with 12:27 left. Just two minutes later, Maddux took a nice pass from Plain and ripped the twine for a 3-0 lead.



Plain was on the goal-scoring end of things, courtesy of Tania Landauer, with 1:18 left in the middle stanza. Vail led, 4-0, going into the second intermission.

The Breakaways put up a four-spot in in the third. Cox fed Reynolds with 9:55 left in regulation. VanReesma got her first Breakaways goal a bit later. Plain got her second of the game on a helper from Yode Borg. Karrisa Keltner ended the rout with an unassisted goal.

Breakaways goalie Pat Lammer was her unflappable self between the pipes, stopping 37 of 38 shots from the Flames.

“We can always depend upon her,” Plain said. “She had some tough shots on her and she’s got good, solid defense in front of her.”

And, the Breakaways continue to combine success with fun as Cox has learned quickly in her short time with the team.

“This is such a great team to join,” she said. “I played Division I lacrosse at Penn State, which got very competitive. In that sort of situation, you can lose some of the fun. Here, you play every Sunday, and you always have beers waiting in the locker room. The girls are awesome, which makes you want to play more.”

Speaking of which, the Breakaways host the Denver Bandits Sunday at Dobson at 7:15 p.m. Please note the time change, which was made to accommodate the Vail Ski Swap. Admission to the game is free.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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