Pee Wees heating up the ice
The Aspen Squirt B hockey team played three games last weekend, winning two against Arapahoe and losing to Vail.
Aspen began the weekend with a 4-2 loss to league and state rival Vail.
Matt Cooper and Paul Jenkins scored for Aspen, while Tyler Horn recorded the lone assist.
The Aspen defense held Vail to just 15 shots on goal.
The following day, Aspen rebounded with two wins over Arapahoe – 3-1 and 6-1.
In the first game, Jenkins, Horn and Colin Smith all scored, while Whit Fuller, Jenkins and Cooper added assists.
Aspen continued its scoring onslaught in the next game as Smith, Jenkins, Horn, Cooper, Wylie Melberg, Nicky Anastas all scored for the win.
Heimata Rutgers, Jenkins, Cooper and Smith all recorded assists.
Aspen, 10-2 in league play and 22-10-2 overall, will have the week off before hosting Boulder at the Aspen Ice Garden March 6. Bantam B’s The Bantam B’s hosted Big Bear (Denver) for two league games last weekend at the Ice Garden and collected two more wins, as Aspen defeated the Denver-based team 2-0 and 6-1.
In the first game, Aspen got goals from Jamie Walbert and Jared Jensen and assists from Wyatt Lewis and Vito Taverna and Eric Semrau.
Goalkeeper Kris Long stopped all nine shots on goal for Aspen.
In the second game, Michael Reveal and Anders Head each scored twice while Walbert and Jensen each added one apiece.
Reveal, Lewis, Walbert and Head all added assists, too.
Long stopped 12 of 13 shots on goal.
This weekend will be the final home games of the season for the Bantam B’s, as they host Hyland Hills at the Ice Garden. Pee Wee A’s Aspen’s Pee Wee A’s hosted Pikes Peak last weekend at the Ice Garden and split two games with the Colorado Springs team.
Aspen defeated Pikes Peak Saturday 5-4 and lost Sunday 7-4.
In the first game, Sean French recorded the hat trick and teammate Scott Tarbet scored twice for the win.
Ryan Doremus recorded two assists, while French and Tarbet each added one.
Goalie Brett Gugliemo stopped 29 shots on goal.
Sunday, Pikes Peak got revenge with a 7-4 win.
French added two more goals for Aspen and Tarbet and Nikki DeVore both scored.
Tad Norris and Tarbet each had assists.
Oliver Martineau stopped 31 shots.
Currently in second place in the league standings, Aspen will travel to Colorado Springs next weekend for the State Tournament.
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