Aspen boys win tournaments in Colorado Springs
Aspen Junior Hockey collected more hardware at the Colorado Springs President’s Day Tournament this year.
The local teams won two division titles — U14 Bantam A and U12 Pee Wee A.
In U14 Bantam A action, Aspen finished with a 5-1 overall record while collecting a championship at the Colorado Springs tournament.
With 95 teams in attendance from February 14-17, the Leafs were provided a chance at redemption with a title game against the Allen Americans, who handed Aspen their only loss in pool-play competition.
In the final game and a tie score late in the third period, Aspen Leafs forward Alec Cokley used his speed on a rush to split a pair of Allen defensemen creating room for a comfortable breakaway.
With a patient and veteran-like head and shoulder fake, he got the Allen goalie to bite and found the back of the net to help lift Aspen to a 4-3 victory.
A stellar defense down the stretch led by goaltender Anders Brucker provided the finish needed to celebrate as champs.
In six games, the Leafs outscored their opponents 21-9.
Andrew Malcolm led the team in scoring with five goals. Dominic Lanese was second with four goals and an assist, and defenseman RJ Peshek third with three goals and two assists.
Reece Cohan and Cokley each recorded four points rounding out the top five in point-getters.
U12 Peewee A
The Aspen Leafs finished the Colorado Springs President’s Day Tournament with a 5-1 record and 2-1 championship win against Roaring Fork Valley rival Glenwood Springs.
After a 5-3 win over the Grizzlies in Game 1 at the World Arena, Aspen gave up the game-winner in the final 30 seconds, dropping Game 2 against the Arapahoe Warriors.
With the loss, the Leafs were forced to be perfect the rest of the weekend.
In the final two pool-play games, Aspen took care of business defeating Mission East 7-1 and the Wild 4-1.
After a 3-1 victory over New Mexico in the semifinals, an epic showdown with the Grizzlies was set.
In the championship, Henry Morrison netted the game-winner off a pass from Logan Rech that put Morrison on a breakaway.
His move amazed the large crowed in attendance at Sertich Arena, which featured a patient deke to the backhand which he then roofed top shelf with authority.
Late in the game, Aspen took two penalties putting the Grizzlies on two-man advantage for almost 90 seconds.
In that span, goaltender Logan Gorbitz kept the crowd in awe with several jaw-stopping saves, including a perfectly executed pad stack to stuff a point blank Glenwood chance.
In their title run, Aspen outscored its opponents 22-9.
Rech led the team and the tournament in scoring with 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists).
U.S. Ski & Snowboard on Tuesday announced the final U.S. World Cup schedule, a lineup that includes the Aspen World Cup from March 3 to 5 on Aspen Mountain. Those races will include a men’s super-G and two men’s downhills.