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Mother Puckers down Flyers

Aspen Times Staff Report

One week after defeating the Front Range Flyers 6-1 in Denver, the Aspen Mother Puckers women’s hockey team invited the East Slope team to Aspen and skated to an even more impressive victory, this time blanking the visitors 7-0 last Saturday night at the Aspen Ice Garden.

Martina Navratilova opened the scoring for Aspen midway through the first period when she notched an unassisted goal.

Less than a minute later, Jenny Fadale assisted on another Navratilova goal to stake the Mother Puckers to a 2-0 lead.

Three minutes later, Monda Birkholz scored the first of her two goals to make the score 3-0 after one period.

Elizabeth Easter and Fadale picked up the assists on the play.

Birkholz scored again five minutes into the second period off feeds from Easter and Courtney Clark, and then Beth McNichols tallied the first of her two goals 58 seconds later to put Aspen up 5-0 before the game was halfway done.

In the closing minutes of the second period, Easter scored an unassisted goal and then set up McNichols for the Puckers’ final tally. Navratilova also had an assist on the play.

Leading 7-0 with the third period still to play, the Mother Puckers eased up on their opponents, firing only 13 shots on goal after having 23 in the first period, and cruised to the easy win.

For the game, Easter led the way with a goal and three assists.

Navratilova had two goals and an assist, Birkholz and McNichols each scored two goals, and Clark had a solo assist.

Rebecca Riggs was outstanding in net for the Puckers on the way to the shutout, turning aside the few scoring opportunities the Flyers could muster against the stingy Aspen defense.

The following morning, the Aspen women’s novice team, bolstered by five members of the Mother Puckers, picked up an impressive 3-1 win over the Flyers.

McNichols scored three unassisted goals in the contest to account for the Aspen offense, and Margo Cuttitta stood tall in the nets to record the victory.

The wins push the Mother Puckers’ season record to 9-5 heading into a showdown this Sunday, Feb. 20, with the league-leading Vail Breakaways.

Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail.


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