Aspen High hockey wins pair at home
The Aspen High School hockey team wracked up 13 goals and only allowed one in back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday at the Aspen Ice Garden.
In the inaugural hockey season in Aspen High’s history, the team – 5-3 overall and 5-1 in the Colorado Springs Metro League – beat Kent Denver 4-1 Friday and then crushed Wasson 9-0 Saturday.
“The story of the Kent Denver game was the return of Matt Young,” said Aspen coach Brett Kurtz.
Young sustained a broken ankle while playing with the Aspen Midget AA hockey team in October, Kurtz said, and returned Friday to lead Aspen to victory. Kent Denver scored less than 30 seconds into the game, but Young struck back with two unassisted goals to give Aspen a 2-1 lead after the first period.
Chris Luu scored for Aspen in the second period, fed by line-mate Jamie Walbert. And in the third period, Michael Reveal, playing on the same line with Walbert and Luu, scored an unassisted goal to give Aspen a comfortable 4-1 lead.
“That line was amazing; they were our fourth line and they played great,” Kurtz said.
Aspen outshot Kent Denver 29 to 16. Aspen goalie Stuart Barwick turned away 15 or 16 shots.
Against Wasson on Saturday, Aspen struck early and often, outshooting Wasson 53 to 3.
“The positive thing for us is that we got scoring from a ton of guys, and we only let up one goal in two games. That’s impressive,” Kurtz said.
Reid Hansen scored twice for Aspen while line-mate Jeff Flack registered two assists and James Ibbotson knocked in one goal. Another forward line produced big results: Ry Neiley scored two goals, Carter Hansen had a goal and two assists, and Grant Gracis had two assists. Chris Luu, Peter MacKellar and Matt Stege also scored for Aspen, while Jeremy Young contributed two assists.
“It was very balanced scoring – three of our four lines produced goals,” Kurtz said.
Sophomore Jesse Amory recorded the shutout for Aspen.
Aspen travels to Summit for a non-league game Friday, followed by a league contest vs. Pueblo on Saturday.
“We’re off to a very solid start, but the most difficult part of our schedule is ahead of us,” with teams like Air Academy and Cheyenne Mountain, Kurtz said. “But I’m happy with our start. We’re right where we want to be.”
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