Skiers rout state champs again | AspenTimes.com

Skiers rout state champs again

Nate Peterson

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN Peak to Peak Charter School may be the defending boys state hockey champion, but it’s not the same team from last year.Aspen humbled the Pumas on Friday night at Lewis Ice Arena, 7-2 – its second five-goal rout of Peak to Peak this season.The final blow came with 37 seconds remaining when Aspen’s Tyler Moore netted a shorthanded breakaway on Pumas goalie Gregory Borchers. Borchers’ team had five players on the ice, while the Skiers were skating with just three. “It was just a bad game, as far as what we do,” said Pumas coach Jim Moffett, who lost 13 players to graduation. “We’re a real young team, and we’ve still got a lot to learn.”The Skiers fired 42 shots at Borchers, including 21 in a penalty-marred second period. Peak to Peak managed 20 shots and kept the game within two goals up until the start of the third period – largely a result of Borchers’ superb goaltending.In the final period, however, Aspen’s constant offensive pressure proved too much for Borchers and the Pumas’ tired back line. “He’s a great goalie,” Aspen coach Al Butler said. “He’s not very big in stature, but he’s big when it comes to making saves. In both games he’s been real focused, and we’ve had a hard time getting shots past him.”Aspen opened the scoring seven minutes into the first period on a power play when junior Simon Dolginow blasted a one-timer from classmate Ricky Frias past Borchers. Peak to Peak captain Justin Slavin tied the game less than a minute later when he skated through the Aspen defense and flipped the puck into the top right corner of the net past Skiers goalie Kody Hornburg.Aspen took a 3-1 lead early in the second on goals from Rob Cronenberg and Ryder Fyrwald. Cronenberg swept a puck past Borchers off a rebound while Fyrwald finished a breakaway off an assist from left winger Nicky Anastas.Peak to Peak’s last goal came from forward Derrick Hanson off assists from Ethan Peer and Cameron Walker.After that, it was all Skiers. Peak to Peak managed to kill a string of penalties to close the second period, including a Skiers 5-on-3, but couldn’t do the same in the third.The Pumas’ James Farver was whistled for holding with 5:47 remaining, and teammate Tyler Sisson argued the call, which resulted in an unsportsmanlike penalty and another 5-on-3 for Aspen. Fyrwald made the Pumas pay 30 seconds later with another breakaway goal, this one off assists from Charlie Olson and Matt Cooper. Dolginow added his second with less than four minutes to go before Moore capped the win with the shorthanded score.Aspen (6-3-1, 2-1 in the 5A Foothills Division) hosts Dakota Ridge at 2 p.m. today. Peak to Peak fell to 6-6 overall.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com

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