Puckers top and tie CU
The Aspen Mother Puckers had a near-perfect weekend on the ice last weekend.
Hosting the University of Colorado at the Aspen Ice Garden, the Puckers, Aspen’s women’s hockey team, won Saturday 6-3 and skated to a 2-2 tie Sunday.
In Saturday’s game, it took only three minutes for CU to strike first to take an early 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Colorado scored again to make it 2-0.
With 21 seconds remaining in the opening period, Rachel Dayton scored for the Puckers from Shelly Supplee and Beth McNichols.
CU then took a 3-1 advantage before the Mother Puckers erupted for four unanswered goals from captain Elizabeth Easter (2), Supplee and Mary Holley to take a 5-3 lead heading into the final period.
Supplee then scored the game’s final score and her second of the game for the win.
Puckers goalkeeper Maja Muric shut CU out in the final period en route to a 21-save night.
Sunday, the two teams faced off again as Aspen scored five minutes into the game as McNichols assisted Dayton for the early 1-0 lead.
CU answered with a goal to tie the game at 1-1.
At the 11-minute mark in the second period, Aspen regained the lead behind a power-play goal from McNichols.
But CU tied the scored with eight minutes left in the period to tie the game.
Both teams couldn’t find the net in the final period and skated off the ice in a 2-2 tie.
The Puckers, 3-1-12, will travel to Denver Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21, to take on Colorado College, the Denver Ice and the Denver Flyers.
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