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Flat Skiers fall to Sailors

Nate Peterson

A Steamboat Springs defender keeps Aspens Nicky Anastas from getting to the puck during the thrid period Saturday afternoon at Lewis Ice Arena. Steamboat Springs defeated Aspen, 3-1, to win the Mountain Tournament championship trophy. (Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times)

The falling snow outside had nothing to do with Aspen arriving late to the ice Saturday in the Mountain Tournament championship game against Steamboat Springs.According to senior captain Adam Goldberg, the Skiers were still thinking about their dominating win against Battle Mountain Friday, instead of the Sailors. It cost them the traveling championship trophy for the second straight year.Steamboat Springs scored two quick goals in the first period, then added another early in the second to secure a 3-1 win. The Skiers outplayed the Sailors for the majority of the final two periods, but couldn’t solve Sailors’ goalie Jeff Dawes, who finished with 20 saves.Aspen’s lone goal came in the second from junior Nicky Anastas after the Sailors had jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

“We were sleeping the entire first period,” Goldberg said. “They outshot us 9-3. We had two shots until a minute left in the first period. Shooting that little, it doesn’t matter who your shooters are, you’re not going to score.”Steamboat Springs took the opening lead with 6:53 remaining in the first with an unassisted goal from freshman Grant Ehrick. Sailors junior Jim Terry added another goal – on the power play – with a minute to go in the period. Terry and sophomore teammate Jake Stanford then assisted senior Jacob Peason with a rebound goal with only three minutes gone in the second. Steamboat Springs coach Dave Strang said his team scratched off all of its objectives on its checklist for a win.”We did what we were planning on doing in the first period, then we held on and kind of got lucky as the game went on,” Strang said. “The guys did enough to hold onto that lead and enough to keep [Aspen’s] scoring opportunities to a minimum. … One of our goals is one rebound goal, one power play goal and a goal from working hard. We got all of those today.”

The Skiers had plenty of good opportunities to score after the lopsided first, but Dawes continued to be a plug in front of the Steamboat Spring net. With 5:22 remaining in the second, Aspen junior forward Ryder Fyrwald led a two-on-one breakaway with Goldberg down the right side. Fyrwald slid a pass back to Goldberg, who had a good look, but the ensuing slap shot hit the left post.Fyrwald had another breakaway two minutes later, but got tangled up with two Sailors defenders and misfired. In the third, the Skiers had a number of chances with loose pucks in front of the Sailors net, but Dawes continued to make clutch saves.”The good new is that we’ve identified the area we need to improve upon,” said Aspen coach Mark LeRose, who was disappointed with his team’s forechecking. “When you do not execute the forecheck, you do not create turnovers and you limit scoring chances. We brought the effort in the third period and outchanced them 9-1, but that’s what it should be like every period.”With the loss, Aspen fell to 1-1 overall. Steamboat Springs remains undefeated at 2-0. The Skiers next play Friday at Colorado Academy at 8 p.m.

Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com.