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Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Bantam A hockey team continued its drive toward the Continental Divide Youth Hockey championships with a resounding 7-2 victory over an outgunned Summit team last weekend.

The win, the 14th in a row for the Bantam A’s brings their record to 14-1-1 as they return to Aspen for the CDYH regional finals, which will be held this weekend, March 10-12, at the Aspen Ice Garden.

On hand for the regional event will be teams from Casper, Wyo., Steamboat Springs and Arapahoe, all of which trail first-place Aspen in the league standings.

The Bantam A’s started last weekend’s lopsided win over Summit in a hurry, scoring a power play goal in the game’s opening minute. Joey Carlson recorded the goal off assists by Reid Hansen and Sean Friedland.

Hansen then scored minutes later on an unassisted breakaway before combining with Carlson to assist on a goal by Peter MacKellar that made the score 3-0.

Matt Young completed the first-period scoring when he fired home a slap shot off a pass from David Gull.

Trailing 4-0 heading into the second period, Summit mounted a minor comeback, scoring in the opening minute of the frame to cut the lead to 4-1.

Eric Strauss answered right back for Aspen with a goal set up by Scott Tarbet, but another Summit score as the second period ended had the Bantam A’s up just 5-2 as the third period began.

But the Aspen defense tightened up down the stretch and quashed the Summit rally, and Tarbett and Young each scored to push the score to 7-2. Sean French assisted on both of Aspen’s third-period goals.

Goalie Jesse Amory played a standout game in net for the Bantam A’s to record the win.

Following the game, Aspen coach Lindsey Holmbeck praised the way his team has come together over the season.

“I think they are ready to peak at the right time,” he said.

The true test of that will come this weekend as the Bantam A’s get set to do battle on their home ice.


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