Aspen girls hockey takes second in state tournament
The Aspen Junior Hockey Association U-12 girls team took second place in the Mountain States Girls Hockey League tournament held in Denver over the weekend. The Aspen Leafs lost a heartbreaking tiebreaker in the final game played Sunday afternoon at the Edge Ice Arena.The final score of the championship game between Aspen and the Colorado Select team was 3-2. Each team had to play four games to qualify for the championship round.Aspen dominated through the preliminary round, beating Steamboat 5-1, Colorado Select 4-1 and Summit 2-0. In the semifinals Aspen beat Colorado Springs 4-2 to advance to the championship game. The team defense, led by Brianna Morse and goaltenders Marissa Dreher and Zoe Bonderman keyed the successful tournament.The score remained close throughout the championship game. Select opened the scoring in the first period; with two minutes left in the third period, Leaf Georgia Lipkin tied the game with assists from Sarah King and Alicia to force the game into overtime.The five-minute overtime was equally intense, with both teams playing strong defense and neither team able to put the puck in the net. As it was the championship round, the rules of the tournament required a shoot-out. The game was still tied after four shots on each goalie. The final shot by Colorado Select found its way into the net and the game ended 3-2.”We were extremely proud of our girls all weekend. We came in here as the third seed. After beating the first-seeded Colorado Select team 4-1, on the first day of the tournament, we sent a strong message that we were a team to be reckoned with,” said Scott Writer, the Leafs’ assistant coach.”Going into the championship game undefeated, we are of course disappointed not to win it all, but we are pleased to bring a team from a small community and compete strongly against teams from Denver and Colorado Springs,” said coach Dan Cokley. “We’ll be back.”
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