Aspen girls third in Indiana hockey tournament
In their final tune-up before the Regional Hockey Tournament, the Aspen Tier I girls took third in the four-team Culver Tournament last weekend at Culver Academy in Indiana.
Playing against the host team as well as Shattuck-St. Mary’s Academy from Minnesota and a team from Branford, Ontario, the Aspen girls skated to a 1-2-1 record to earn third-place honors.
“We really competed well as a team,” said Aspen coach Doug Coombe. “It was a good tourney for us.”
Aspen opened the tournament with a 2-2 tie against the hosts from Culver Academy. Rebekka Lass had both goals for Aspen, and Roxy Stang netted a pair of assists.
Later that same afternoon, Aspen hit the ice for a game against Branford and, feeling the effects of the earlier game and the extensive travel, fell 3-2 when the Canadian girls scored with a mere three and a half minutes to play.
Stang picked up the first goal for Aspen off an assist by Lass, and then Stang returned the favor, setting up Lass for Aspen’s second goal. Kendall French also had an assist on Lass’ goal.
In game three, Aspen came up against its nemesis, Shattuck, which recently swept a four-game series from the Tier I girls at the Aspen Ice Garden. Aspen would not break into the win column on this occasion, but they lost just 2-0 to one of the country’s best teams.
“It was a very good game,” said Coombe.
Facing the prospect of heading home from Indiana without a win, Aspen exploded in the consolation game and trounced Branford 6-2 to take third.
Tiffany Stencil paced the Aspen attack with two goals and an assist. Lass scored two goals. Alysia Park had a goal and an assist, as did Cindy Kenyon. Julianne Vasichek had three assists, and Ali Crum and Sara Finesilver each had an assist.
Elizabeth Severy, Katy Hussey, French and Sarah Freeman all played outstanding defense over the course of the tournament in support of netminder Kim Raymond, according to Coombe.
“Kim played very well all four games,” he said.
Next up for the Tier I girls will be the Regional tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 17-19. Should they advance past that event, the National tournament is slated for April 6-9 in Troy, Mich.
“It’s helped us playing against these good teams,” said Coombe. “Hopefully it’ll show in the Regionals and help us make it to Nationals.”
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