Aspen hockey falls at Ralston Valley |

Aspen hockey falls at Ralston Valley

Nate Peterson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

RALSTON VALLEY, Colo. ” Missing two starting defensemen, Aspen’s hockey team wasn’t in much of a postion to be starting anything Friday night with fourth-ranked Ralston Valley.

The Skiers fell behind by two goals early in the first period and never recovered, losing 6-1.

Aspen’s lone goal came from Trey Fox in the third period.

“They’re definitely a good team,” Skiers coach Al Butler said of the 5-1 Mustangs. “They played hard right from the first drop of the puck and they just kept coming at us. They won all the little battles.”

It didn’t help that Aspen has been battling attrition in the early part of the season. The Skiers (1-4, 0-2 5A Foothills Conference) were without first-line defenders Tommy Mines and David Cottrell Friday night, and also lost another defender late in the game.

Butler is just hoping to make it out of today’s 1 p.m. game against conference foe Peak to Peak (2-3) without any other injuries so his team can spend the next two weeks healing up. Aspen’s lone win this season came against the Pumas last week at Lewis Ice Arena in overtime.

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“Hopefully we’ll be ready to play,” Butler said of Saturday’s 1 p.m. game. “We’ve got to make some changes to the lineup. We’re just a little banged up right now, a little short number-wise and we’re starting to feel the effects a little bit with the grind.”