Aspen High hockey bounces back
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School hockey team shook off the holiday rust this week.
The Skiers, back on the ice after the traditional holiday break, skated back into the win column with a 3-1 victory at Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night.
The Skiers, 3-5 overall, will play again today when they host Dakota Ridge (6-1) at the Lewis Ice Arena for a 7 p.m. start.
“We played OK at Steamboat,” Aspen head coach Dru Lucchesi said. “We were pretty sloppy at times, and our systems weren’t there. But the kids worked hard. We just need to work smarter.”
He said goalie Evan Morris was “lights out” in the nets for the Skiers. The only goal he allowed, Lucchesi said, came on a deflection.
“He played well like he has all year,” Lucchesi said.
Offensively, Tyler Tick broke out with a hat trick — all three goals in the Aspen victory.
“We were waiting for that to happen,” Lucchesi said. “After being away from hockey, he’s getting back into it.”
Tick is back in an Aspen hockey sweater this year after sitting out the last two prep seasons.
“Tyler’s a natural goal-scorer,” Lucchesi said. “He’s a natural goal-scorer in lacrosse. He’s a playmaker in football.”
With an aggressive approach, Tick took advantage with timely shots, the AHS coach said.
“Harry Ferguson played very well on defense; that’s why he’s our captain,” Lucchese said. “He and RJ Peshek, who’s a freshman, played well.”
Lucchesi said Garrett McNichol also played well in Aspen’s victory at Steamboat Springs.
“He had a ton of patience with the puck,” Lucchesi said. “He did a great job for us.”
He said the Skiers are eager to get back on home ice, where they will play their next five games.
That begins with a showdown against Dakota Ridge.
“I expect another battle,” Lucchesi said. “There are points there we need to get.”
Aspen will host Columbine next Friday, Jan. 23, before hosting Chatfield on Jan. 24.
“We need to get back to work with a stretch of games here (in Aspen),” Lucchesi said with the heart of the conference schedule looming ahead.
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Once the Aspen High School defense woke up — random 4 p.m. kickoffs need some getting used to — the Skiers were able to dictate Saturday’s football game en route to a 22-7 victory over visiting Steamboat Springs on the AHS turf.