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Power outage affects girls’ hockey games

A power outage at the city-operated Aspen Recreation Center moved a girls’ hockey doubleheader over to the Aspen Ice Garden early Sunday morning, but the facility was back in action for its regular Sunday opening at 11 a.m., officials said.

Details about what caused the outage were not immediately available on Sunday.

Shaun Hathaway, Aspen Junior Hockey director, said the outage occurred at about 8:15 a.m. during a morning scrimmage. Two games between Aspen and Vail’s 14-and-under girls’ teams scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and noon were moved to the Aspen Ice Garden off West Hyman Avenue.

Hathaway said he was present during the 8 a.m. scrimmage between the Bantam B squad and the 19-and-under girls’ team when the power failed throughout the entire facility.

“The city was very accommodating,” Hathaway said. “A manager from the ARC came over and helped us. The Ice Garden wasn’t being used, and so we moved the games there and pushed back the game times to accommodate Vail. The day went on without a hitch.”

Jeff Woods, manager of Parks and Recreation for the city, said the power was restored before the recreation center’s 11 a.m. Sunday opening. He said the center was busy Sunday but he did not have exact usage figures.

“There was never a shutdown to the general public,” Woods said. “It doesn’t seem like it was much of an issue. The electrical system was back on by 10:30 a.m.”

Woods said he did not know what caused the outage.

“From what I understand it was something within the electrical system itself within the ARC, not a problem with the city’s feed (to the building),” Hathaway said.

The first game of the doubleheader resulted in a 2-2 tie, Aspen U-14 coach Wendy Mitchell said. In the second game, Aspen dominated with a 5-1 victory.

asalvail@aspentimes.com


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The Aspen Times Updated Dec 23, 2013 06:40AM Published Dec 27, 2013 09:38AM Copyright 2013 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.