Aspen Bantams second in Fall Face-Off
The Aspen Bantam AA team took second place in last weekend’s Fall Face-Off tournament at the Aspen Ice Garden after dropping a hard-fought 3-2 decision to DU in the final despite outshooting DU 29-19.
Aspen opened the scoring early in the second period when Joey Carlson put home a rebound after a flurry of action in front of the DU goal. Sean Friedland and Reid Hansen netted the assists.
DU came back to tie the score just seconds later and then took the lead early in the third period, but Aspen answered right back when Matt Young got behind the DU net and centered to Friedland and Hansen. After a number of point-blank shots were turned away, Young grabbed a rebound and fired it in to make the score 2-2 and send the game into overtime.
In O.T., DU’s Daniel Lipert skated up the left side and beat an Aspen defenseman for a shot on goal. Aspen goalie Jesse Amory made the initial save, but DU’s Tim Lang pounced on the rebound and beat Amory for the winning goal.
Aspen advanced to the finals by going 2-1 in their early-round match-ups. In their first contest of the tournament, the Bantam AAs skated to a 2-0 win over the Boulder Ice Dogs. Sean French and Friedland both scored for Aspen, and Peter MacKellar was credited with an assist.
In game two, Aspen recorded another shutout, this time 3-0 over Arvada. Friedland opened the scoring off assists by Hansen and Young. Carlson set up Hansen for Aspen’s second goal, and then Hansen completed the scoring with an empty-net goal in the game’s waning moments.
Aspen’s third game of the tourney was against the same DU team they would go on to meet in the finals. On this occassion, DU would win 1-0 on a power-play goal by Lipert. Sean Heibert had the assist. Despite the loss, Aspen moved on to a rematch in the finals on the strength of their earlier victories.
Next up for the Aspen Bantam AAs will be a league game Saturday, Nov. 13, in Casper, Wyo.
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