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Avalanche stopped short of three-peat

Aspen Times Staff Report

There will be no three-peat for the Aspen Avs this year.

After winning back-to-back state

titles, the Avs, Aspen High School’s hockey team, lost to both Arvada and Littleton in last weekend’s State Championships in Littleton.

Because Aspen lost two games, they were knocked out of the playoffs in the double elimination format.

Aspen began the tournament with a 4-2 loss to Arvada, the state’s top-ranked team. The following day, the Avs fell to Denver University 4-3 to end their season. Game 1 Arvada began the game with two consecutive power plays, but Aspen’s defense held Arvada scoreless.

Five minutes into the game, Aspen struck first as junior Brendan Wynn scored from Bret Norris for the early 1-0 lead.

Arvada then answered back with back-to-back scores to take a 2-1 lead.

At the 3:45 mark, Aspen scored what appeared to be a good goal, but it was disallowed by the referee after claiming to not have seen the puck cross the line.

On the next offensive series for Aspen, Bridger Smith scored for Aspen from Norris to tie the score at 2-2.

Arvada added a goal at the 2:54 mark in the second period to go up one, 3-2 and less than a minute into the final period for the 4-2 lead and eventual win.

Aspen goalie Carter Crouch, playing with a cracked heel, stopped 28 of 32 shots. Game two Seven minutes into the opening period, DU scored to take an early 1-0 lead.

But, less than three minutes later, Aspen’s Chris Erickson scored from a great lob pass from outside the blue line to tie the score at 1-1.

Four minutes later, Aspen took a 2-1 lead off a score by Smith from Michael Friedland and Carter Hanson.

Eleven seconds into the second period, DU tied the score and then took a 3-1 lead at the 9:12 mark.

Aspen added two more goals, but it wasn’t enough as DU put an end to Aspen’s quest for a three-peat.

Crouch stopped 15 of 19 shots in his final high school game.


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