AHS hockey takes aim at state playoffs
Jordie Friedland scored two goals as the Aspen High hockey team overcame Regis 5-2 on the road in Denver Friday night.Aspen, 13-3 overall on the season and 10-0 in the mountain conference, also got goals from Jonathan Cavaleri, David Goldberg and Ryder Fyrwald. Sam Harder, Kevin Morrison and Fyrwald had assists. JoJo Hernandez got the win in net.Aspen now enters this weekend – the final of the regular season – with a two-game home stand at the Lewis Ice Arena that will serve as a tune-up for the state playoffs. Aspen has already clinched the right to host a first-round playoff game on Friday, Feb. 18, and the Skiers are likely to get a top-four seed in the playoffs.”With Regis it was 3-2 with one minute to go in the third period. So although the score showed 5-2, it was much closer than that,” said coach Bryan Ganz. “We got a late goal from Ryder and then they pulled their goaltender and we got another.”Regis is Aspen’s opponent again this Friday at 6 p.m. at the ARC. Aspen hosts Wasson, another team the Skiers handled once this season, on Saturday at 6 p.m.”We’re going to have to be sharp [Friday] and play good hockey. If we don’t, Regis is a team that can beat us,” said Ganz.Battle Mountain remains undefeated on the season is likely to be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Air Academy, with just one loss, will probably take the No. 2 spot, according to Ganz.”Right now, we want to finish strong and put together two good games going into the playoffs,” said Ganz. “I’d hate to take a step backwards at this point. It’s all about confidence and we need to ride our confidence right into the playoffs.”
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