Bantams split on Wyoming trip
The Aspen Bantam A hockey team traveled to Casper, Wyo., last weekend for two games against the Wyoming Cowboys and came away with a split after winning the first game 4-2 and then dropping the second contest 3-2.
After picking up its first loss, Aspen’s record now stands at 3-1-0 on the season.
“We came out firing on Saturday,” said coach Lindsey Holmbeck, “but on Sunday we were a little flat.”
Also hampering Aspen’s effort were some nagging injuries, a rash of penalties and the fact that the team took only a limited roster on the road trip.
Aspen opened the scoring early in game one.
Right off the opening faceoff, defenseman Matt Young broke up a play at mid-ice, skated through the Cowboys’ defense and wristed a shot past the goalie to put Aspen on top just 17 seconds into the game.
Just minutes later, Aspen winger Joey Carlson tipped in a Young slapshot to give the Bantam A’s a quick 2-0 edge.
In the second period, Aspen’s Sean Friedland scored off a nifty 2-on-1 play with teammate Scott Tarbet.
Peter MacKellar also recorded an assist on the play.
Casper finally broke the shutout in the third period to cut the lead to 3-1, but Aspen answered right back when Carlson set up Reid Hansen for Aspen’s final score of the day.
The Cowboys would add a late goal for a final score of 4-2.
In the second game, Aspen once again tallied first. Ry Neiley, off an assist from Michael Reveal, picked up a loose puck in front of the Casper net and snuck a shot past the Cowboys’ goalie to make the score 1-0.
But then the penalty problems started, forcing Aspen to play virtually the entire rest of the game a man or two down on every shift.
Despite being shorthanded, Aspen goalie Jesse Amory played outstandingly, keeping the Casper offense at bay until late in the second period.
Eventually, though, the Cowboys were able to break through with a power-play goal late in the period to tie the score.
Just as time was running out in the second stanza, Friedland found the net, and Aspen regained a one-goal advantage.
From then on, it would be all Cowboys, as they picked up two goals in the third period to ice the win.
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