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Rival Huskies stomp Skiers in rematch

Jon MaletzAspen, CO Colorado

Battle Mountain stunned Aspen with a goal just three minutes into Friday’s hockey game.The Skiers never recovered. Aspen’s bid for retaliation – the Huskies won, 2-1, in the two’s meeting in the season opener – was foiled early. Battle Mountain scored three goals in the first period and two in the second and cruised to the 6-2 victory.”I would’ve figured we’d come out with a little more intensity given what happened last time,” Aspen coach Al Butler said. “They seemed to come out with more intensity, and we were on our heels. I don’t know why … As soon as they scored that first goal, they started to gain momentum. That set the tone.”Despite outshooting Battle Mountain, 34-22, the Skiers faced an early defict. The Huskies struck with two goals in the first 11 minutes, then stretched the lead to three with a score in the final minute before the first intermission.The Skiers’ Simon Dolginow cut the deficit to two four minutes into the second period. Any Aspen optimism was short-lived, however. An inopportune tripping call gave the Huskies a man advantage, and they scored just a minute and half after the Skiers. Aspen (3-2) cut into the lead once more when Tyler Moore found the back of the net with 43 seconds remaining in the second. Battle Mountain, like it had all night, had the quick answer; the Huskies pushed the lead back to three with a goal in the period’s final second.The Huskies turned five second-period shots into two scores.”We had some stupid mistakes,” Butler said. “Every time we scored, they came right back. We gave them too many odd-man rushes, and they capitalized.”Aspen peppered the Battle Mountain goal with 11 third-period shots, “All good quality opportunities,” Butler said. But the Skiers couldn’t generate the run they needed to climb back into the game.”We never seemed to get on a roll,” Butler added. “Injuries don’t help, Willy Klein and Cody Horn were out. We had to do some juggling and sometimes that cools things off. But it shouldn’t change intensity.”Butler hopes his team bounces back Saturday when they host Peak to Peak in the home opener at Lewis Ice Arena at 6:45 p.m. The Skiers will then have two weeks off before traveling to Dakota Ridge on Jan. 4. Butler hopes this year’s team follows last year’s lead; the Skiers lost twice before Jan. 1 during the 2006-2007 season. After dropping their first game of the new year, Aspen went 13-0-1 en route to a state championship.”These guys have something to prove,” Butler said. “I’m hoping they can put it behind them and move forward.”jmaletz@aspentimes.com