Aspen Avalanche skates to two wins
It wasn’t much of a challenge last weekend in Colorado Springs for the Aspen Avalanche Midget AA boys hockey team. But it was worth points in the league standings, and it’s always nice to win on the road.
The Avalanche squared off in a two-game set with the Colorado Springs Miners Midget AA team and, dominating play from beginning to end, skated off with two wins, 6-1 in Saturday’s opener and 5-0 Sunday morning.
Balanced scoring was the key to victory in game one. Eight different Avalanche players, including six different goal scorers, factored in the scoring, led by Travis LaSalle’s goal and two assists.
Brendan Wynn and Ry Neiley each had a goal and an assist. Team captain Bridger Smith, Oliver Garfield and Mike Friedland had the other goals, and Danny Brown and Jeremy Young each picked up an assist.
Sunday’s contest was equally one-sided. Wynn scored a hat trick and assisted on a goal by Friedland to pace the Avalanche attack.
Carter Hansen and LaSalle each notched two assists in the game. Neiley scored a goal, and Smith had an assist.
Goalkeeper Tony Prikryl was outstanding in net for the Avalanche as he picked up the win in each game, with the shutout in the series finale.
The elation over Sunday’s shutout win was tempered, however, by losing Young for an unknown amount of time with a deep shoulder bruise.
Coaches Brett Kurtz and Mark LeRose were very happy with the team’s play during the road trip and are now looking forward to two consecutive three-game weekends for the team on the march toward the state championships. Bantam A’s The Aspen Bantam A’s ran their winning streak to 12 games last weekend with two wins over the Colorado Springs Gold Kings at the Aspen Ice Garden.
Aspen shut out the Gold Kings 4-0 in the first game of the set and then came back to take game two 6-3.
The first game featured good penalty killing and stingy defense by Aspen in support of the shutout by goalie Jesse Amory.
Reid Hansen spearheaded the Aspen offense with two goals, both off assists from Joey Carlson. Defenseman Peter MacKellar picked up the first goal for the Bantam A’s, and Scott Tarbet scored on a breakaway. Sean Friedland had an assist to round out the scoring.
The Bantam A’s jumped out to the lead in game two as well on an unassisted goal by Matt Young. But the Gold Kings answered right back with two goals by center Mark Gulmond to take a 2-1 lead after the first period.
After a rash of penalties to start the second period, Young beat three defenders to his own rebound for a second goal to tie the game up.
Thirty seconds later, Tarbet scored off assists by MacKellar and Sean French to put Aspen ahead to stay. Later in the second period, Eric Strauss scored to make the score 4-2 headed to the second intermission. Lincoln Neiley recorded the assist.
Hansen completed the scoring with two third-period goals, one unassisted and one off a pass from Friedland, to make the final score 6-3. Gulmond scored another goal for Colorado Springs to finish with the hat trick.
With the wins, the Bantam A’s improved their record to 12-1-1, just one game behind Casper, Wyo., for the final spot in the state championship playoffs.
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