Valley’s trashy hockey boys win
Trash can leave quite an impression on Vail.
Just ask the hockey types.
But it’s not just trash … it’s Downvalley Trash. And it’s really a lot more than Downvalley Trash.
The Trash, a Roaring Fork Valley men’s hockey team, skated out of Vail recently with the first-place trophy from the annual Vail Invitational Men’s Tournament.
Downvalley Trash had to upset the heavily favored Denver Chiefs, a group of University of Denver hockey alums, in the tournament championship.
“We played really disciplined hockey at Vail,” said player-manager T.K. Kwiatkow-
ski of Glenwood Springs.
“We went over there to win it and we did,” he said of the 30-and-over ice hockey tournament staged at the Dobson Ice Arena.
The valley boys, with a strong core of Aspen players. opened the annual tournament with a 13-2 hammering of Phoenix, Ariz.
Al Butler, who would lead Downvalley Trash to the championship, had a hat trick and a pair of assists. And many of the other Trashmen contributed to the scoring total.
Goalie Andy Doherty turned back 16 shots in goal for Downvalley Trash.
Skating next against the Denver Party Pigs, Downvalley Trash scored twice in the first 30 seconds en route to an 8-3 win over the Denver club team.
Butler scored just 12 seconds into the game on the Trash’s first drive into Denver ice.
Kwiatkowski followed with a goal just 18 seconds later. Downvalley Trash outshot the Party Pigs 32-21. Doherty was in goal for the Trash win.
Then Downvalley Trash compacted the Kansas City Sporties 11-1 in a major mismatch. Steve Mageres played in goal for the Trash, who outshot KC 57-11. Championship challenge But even after roaring through their bracket, the Trash skaters knew they would face a tough team in the championship game against the Denver Chiefs, the two-time defending tournament champions.
Kwiatkowski himself provided the quick start with a goal just 10 seconds into the championship.
Then Butler followed with a second goal at 14:25 of the first period and Downvalley Trash was off and skating.
Doherty manned the goal for the Trash.
And at the end, the Downvalley Trash team had won 8-3. Kwiatkowski had a hat trick, including the game-winning goal. Butler added three assists as he led all tournament scorers with 18 points (10 goals and eight assists).
The Trash managed to overcome penalty problems in the title game, allowing two power play goals.
But Downvalley Trash also scored twice on power plays against the Chiefs.
“Keith Howie played great,” Kwiatkow-
ski said of the former Ivy League hockey standout, who also has coached Aspen Junior Hockey for years.
“He played great defense and he really helped out with the strategy,” Kwiatkowski said.
The hockey team will return to action in late May at the annual Memorial Day Tournament in Aurora. That tournament will be an open tournament, with several teams of younger players, according to Kwiatkowski. Hockey roster The area men’s hockey team includes Kwiatkowski, Butler, Howie, Mike Gempler, Hans Brucker and Dan Cokley.
Pete McBride, John McBride, Jeff Boyd, Gary Defina, Lindsey Holmbeck, Igor Lyssogor, Paul Muldoon, Tersh Jones and Carl Klause rounded out the club along with goalies Doherty and Mageres.
Wily Mannering is the team trainer, with assistance from Pete Whitmore.
The club team is sponsored by Construction Waste Services, Xtreme Skiwear, Girrafiks, Glenwood Hockey and the Rocky Mountain Hockey Schools.
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