Aspen Bantam A hockey team wins Presidents Day Tournament |

Aspen Bantam A hockey team wins Presidents Day Tournament

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Bantam A team in Colorado Springs. From lef (bottom), Artie Ross Munves, Henry Morrison, Gage Redman, Ethan Hunt, Stella Scott, Dillon Passero, and (top) assistant coach Andy Ross, Robbie Fitzgerald, Hunter Howe, Max Ufkes, Matthew Rigney, Jack Pevny, Ben O’Brien, Ozzie Benson, and head coach Blake Hull.
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The Aspen Leafs Bantam A team won the annual President’s Day Tournament in Colorado Springs last weekend.

The Bantam A’s prevailed in the huge tournament that featured 101 junior hockey teams.

The Aspen hockey team won the title with a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over West Elk in the championship game.

The Leafs advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 3-1 pool-play record. The Aspen team beat the Gulf Coast Flames 9-2, the Colorado Springs Junior Tigers 5-3 and the Orange County Hockey Club 6-0.

In the semifinals, the game was a rematch of the Cactus Cup championship game in Arizona from earlier this season. The Aspen Junior Hockey team played the Flagstaff Northstars, eventually winning 5-2 to reach the President’s Day Tournament championship game.

The Leafs had opened with a 3-1 loss to the Texas Warriors, then won four in a row.

“After playing well in the first game and losing, I know the team was disappointed, but they showed resilience and bounced back strong,” said head coach Blake Hull.

In the championship game, the Aspen Bantam A team scored the first two goals, but needed overtime and a shootout to break a 2-2 tie.

Goaltender Gage Redman stopped all four shots in the shootout to seal the win for the Leafs. Max Ufkes, Robbie Fitzgerald, and Stella Scott led the team in scoring with seven points. Matthew Rigney and Jack Pevny both recorded six points, and Henry Morrison, Ethan Hunt and Ben Obrien finished with four points each.

“All aspects of our game were on display this weekend — strong goaltending, aggressive forwards and excellent defensive play. I feel that we are coming together as a team and I was very proud of the effort this weekend,” Hull said.

The Aspen Leafs Pee Wee A team went 4-0 before dropping the championship game to the Lincoln Stars in Colorado Springs.

The Leafs Squirt C team won the consolation championship game 6-5 in overtime against the Colorado Springs Junior Tigers.

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