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Aspen’s youths hit the ice

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Squirt B team traveled to Fort Collins last weekend for the annual Blades of Steel Tournament and came home with two big wins and a tough semifinal loss.

Aspen defeated Fort Collins (1-0) and Boulder (3-2) before losing to Baniff’s Denver team 2-0.

Even with the loss, Aspen advanced to the semifinals where the Squirts dropped a heartbreaker to Fort Collins 3-2.

Paul Jenkins and Heimata each scored two goals in the tournament while Tyler Horn scored the other.

Aspen will travel to Arvada this weekend for two league games. Bantam `A’s Arvada did something to the Aspen Bantam `A’s no team has done all season long – they beat them.

Aspen, one of the top Bantam teams in the state, hosted league and state rival Arvada in a pair of games at the Aspen Ice Garden two weeks ago and Arvada stunned Aspen with a 3-2 win in their first meeting.

But Aspen rebounded in the second game with a 4-3 win to improve to 6-1 on the year.

In the first game, Aspen opened with an early scoring barrage as Tim Hagist and James Ibbotson combined in front of the net for a quick score early in the first period.

Matt Stege followed with another score from Erik Strauss.

In the second period, Aspen got into penalty trouble which allowed Arvada to score three unanswered goals to secure the win.

In the second game, Aspen used a solid scoring spree with a potent defense to rebound with a win in style.

After falling behind late in the game, Stege scored back-to-back goals late in the third period for the stunning win.

Sean Friedland and Ry Neiley also scored for Aspen.

Goalie Jesse Amory and Stuart Barwick combined to stop 30 of 36 shots. Bantam `B’s Also losing its first game of the season was the Aspen Bantam B team with a 8-0 loss to Arvada in the second game of a two-game stand.

In the first game, Aspen topped the Denver team 5-3 behind two goals from Peter MacKellar. Anders Head, Jamie Walbert and Jared Jensen also scored for Aspen.

Kris Long and Wyatt Lewis combined to stop 75 shots on goal in the two games.

Aspen will host Summit Saturday (7 p.m.) at the Aspen Ice Garden. Travel Mite B Aspen hosted Vail in a pair of games, winning one (1-0) and dropping the other (7-2).

In the win, Murphy Fyrwald scored off a great pass from Maggie Melberg for the lone score.

Goalie Nick Greenway recorded the shutout.

In the second game, Vail came out on fire with seven goals.

Fyrwald and Melberg both scored for Aspen, which is now 5-2-1 on the year.


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