Aspen girls teams win Face-Off hockey titles
The Aspen girls skated away with the top prizes at the annual Aspen Fall Face-Off Tournament last weekend.
The Aspen under-14 girls junior hockey team won the championships with a thrilling 2-1 victory over rival Gunnison in the championship match at Lewis Ice Arena at the ARC.
The Aspen U14 team went undefeated through the weekend in winning the Face-Off championship.
Gunnison broke the scoreless tie with 11:48 remaining in the second period with a shot from the point that nicked the crossbar and landed in goal.
The score remained 1-0 until the third period when Aspen scored with 11:57 remaining in the game.
The play intensified with both teams unable to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities, and the game seemed to be destined for overtime.
A late surge by Aspen put heavy pressure on the Gunnison defense resulting in a flurry of shots on goal. With 30 seconds remaining, the crowd erupted when the game-winning goal found the back of the net. The U14 girls went 4-0-1 for the weekend tournament.
In earlier action, two Aspen teams battled for the under-12 girls title last weekend.
The Aspen girls U12 gold team edged the green team, 3-2.
With a large roster, Aspen was able to enter two teams in the tournament
In an early round game, Aspen green defeated Aspen gold. But gold won gold in the championship game.
It was the second consecutive year an Aspen team won the girls U12 title.
The roster for the U12 girls teams:
Lexi Ferlisi, Jaelin Nakagawa, Kaelin Harris, Elsa Cassidy, Stella Scott, Julia Krys, Hayley Heinecken, Livi Carr, Sasha Brucker, Katie Yocum, Lindsay Heinecken, Coley Cassidy, Bella Castillo, Anja Simpson, Ella Scott, Tyler Greene, Tobey Tick, Juna Rettig, Lucy Lampe, Enra Aguilera, Charlotte Howie, Kristen Spang, Sami Jaworski, Mia Seltzer and Lilly Cassidy.
Coaches are Missy Schlaff, Keith Howie, Emilie Lantelme and Heather Tattersall.
The roster for the U14 Aspen girls:
Sonya Benson, Katie Yocum, Kaelin Harris, Fia Palmberg, Ana Kate Fuentes, Tobey Tick, Juna Rettig, Elsa Cassidy, Hannah Feder, Charlotte Howie, Summer Soffer, Stella Scott, Ava Ostrander, Jamie Howie, Clare Mitchell, Sophia Mitchell and Olivia Bond.
Coaches include Keith Howie and Kelsy Oberkoetter.
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