Aspen Midget B’s capture youth league championship
Aspen High senior Loren Ryerson scored his team’s sole goal and netminder Kris Long recorded a shutout, as the Aspen Midget B hockey team captured the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League Championship with a 1-0 win over Vail Saturday in Casper, Wyoming.
With the win, the Aspen team advances to the Federation Cup, slated for March 18 in Arvada.
Competing in the four-team double-elimination tournament, Aspen downed the host team Casper 3-1 in the opening game. Aspen goals came from Ryerson, assisted by Peter MacKellar, Abram D’Amato; Anders Head, unassisted; and Michael Reveal, assisted by Brent Hall and Erik Strauss.
Kris Long gave up only goal of the tournament, based on 15 shots. The Aspen team managed 31 shots on the Casper net.
In the second game Saturday morning, Aspen faced Vail and skated to a 4-0 win. Aspen drew scoring from Michael Reveal; assisted by Brent Hall; Peter MacKellar, assisted again by Hall; Hall, assisted by Erik Strauss; and Will Cardamone, assisted by Anders Head.
Long turned away 26 shots to record the shutout, while Aspen peppered the Vail net with 19 shots.
In the championship game, Aspen faced Vail again Saturday evening.
Ryerson, the Aspen captain, twined the game-winner for Aspen, while Kris Long stonewalled Vail’s 20 shots to give Aspen a 1-0 win and the championship.
Aspen coach Blake Hull, brother of the Dallas Stars’ All-Star winger Brett Hull, praised his team for playing a nearly perfect game Saturday to claim the championship.
“The team really came together late in the season and it carried over into the playoffs,” he said. “They worked hard, showed great teamwork and never gave up.”
Hull also credited the play of defenseman Travis Lizotte, as well as goalie Long and the team’s goal scorers.
The Aspen Midget B team will face the champions of the CCYHL tournament on Sunday, March 18 at the Apex Center in Arvada.
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