Aspen High pucksters top Rampart, eye road ahead
February 4, 2004
With a five-goal outburst in the first period against Rampart Friday night in Colorado Springs, the Aspen High hockey team cruised to a 6-1 win.
AHS sophomore Paul Jenkins scored two goals and seniors Kevin Kiernan and Robbie Parker, junior Tyler Doremus and sophomore David Goldberg scored one apiece. Wylie Melberg had two assists, and Goldberg, Doremus, Sean French, Tyler Horn and Kevin Morrison had one each.
The Aspen attack combined for 45 shots on the Rampart goal; AHS junior goalie Oliver Martineau made 22 saves.
Aspen, 11-4 on the season, now has just two games remaining on its regular season schedule ” home games versus Rampart and Steamboat Springs Feb. 13 and 14, respectively ” before the state playoffs begin the following weekend, Feb. 20-21.
“We all know who the stronger teams are now,” said Aspen coach Dennis Maruk, “but in the state tournament, you never know what can happen.”
After posting a 5-0 lead in the first period against Rampart, Parker scored unassisted in the second to lift Aspen to a 6-0 advantage. Rampart scored its only goal in the third.
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“We played a lot of guys who hadn’t played much before the last two periods,” Maruk said.
Aspen was scheduled to play at Colorado Academy on Saturday night but the game was canceled due to a “big dance” and is not likely to be rescheduled, according to Maruk.
Aspen does not play this weekend. Next weekend represents the Skiers’ final regular-season tuneup before the postseason.
“I think we’ll be in the top six or seven [seed] of the 16 teams in the playoffs,” Maruk said in surveying the standings. “We won’t win our conference unless Cheyenne Mountain loses a game and I’d be surprised at that because they’ve beaten us twice.”
In the next 10 days or so, Maruk says his players will be focusing on off-ice conditioning, on-ice team skills as well as penalty killing and the power play.
“We’re a young team and we’re going to have to work together as a team, cut down on our mistakes and giveaways,” he said.
“We’ve got five seniors” ” Lincoln Neiley, Sean French and Kevin Kiernan of Aspen High, Robbie Parker and Sean Kluzer of Basalt High ” “and it’d be nice to send them off with a good showing in the state tournament,” Maruk added.
“I think the kids are responding in practice so far. We’re gonna have a couple fun days but we’re also going to be getting down to business.”