AHS hockey defends win streak at home
After losing its season-opener 6-3 at Battle Mountain in Vail, the Aspen High hockey team has answered with five consecutive wins, the last two by shutout.
And this weekend, for a Friday-Saturday home stand at the Lewis Ice Arena at the ARC, Aspen stands a good chance to extend its winning streak to seven before the holiday break.
Aspen (5-1) hosts Regis (1-3) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and Coronado (2-2) on Saturday at the same time.
“We’re looking at being 7 and 1 before Christmas break, and it would be nice,” Aspen coach Dennis Maruk said earlier this week. “But it’s an excellent start already.”
Judging from the stats, Aspen should cruise this weekend. Just last Friday, Aspen blew out Coronado 8-0 in Colorado Springs; on Saturday, the Skiers dusted up Wasson 9-0. Regis, meanwhile, had already suffered an 11-0 loss to Wasson.
That being said, here’s the combinations to look for this weekend:
Forwards: Coach Maruk’s so-called “senior line” is centered by Sean French, with Lincoln Neiley at right wing and Tad Norris (a junior) on the left.
Juniors Tyler Horn (center), Jordan Friedland (right) and Tyler Doremus (left) make up a second unit, and senior Robbie Parker (center), sophomore David Goldberg (right) and freshman Nicky Anastas (left) a third.
Sophomore Paul Jenkins centers another line with senior left-winger Kevin Kiernan and sophomore right-winger Wylie Melberg.
Defense: The Aspen blue-liners make three units, including sophomore Sam Harder and junior Jon Cavaleri, junior Jason Strauss and senior Sean Kulzer, and junior Kyle Obuhanick and sophomore DJ Furth.
Goal: Junior Oliver Martineau (33) and sophomore JoJo Hernandez (30) have been splitting time; both recorded their first shutout of the season last weekend in the Springs.
“We got a goal from every line in the [Wasson] game,” Maruk pointed out earlier this week. “It’s nice to see every line contribute. It means we were on all cylinders.”
“We’re gaining confidence, I think that’s the big thing,” the coach continued. “They’re getting to know their teammates, their linemates, and those combinations seem to be working.”
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