Aspen High hockey falls to Air Academy

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Special teams ruled the ice Saturday in Aspen.

Visiting Air Academy High School scored on a power play late in the second period for the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Aspen at the Lewis Ice Arena.

The Kadets, more significantly, killed off extended Aspen power-play opportunities, including a 41/2-minute stretch in the second period and a 5-minute span in the third.

Anthony Ciolli broke the scoreless tie with 36.6 seconds to play in the second period, blasting a slap shot from the blue line.

The Skiers threatened with a barrage of early opportunities, including shots from Harry Ferguson, Ryan Fitzgerald and Trey Robinson.

But Kadets goalie Jason Stolz turned back all 18 Aspen shots on goal.

Evan Morris turned back 18 Air Academy shots, including a diving save midway through the final period, bringing the home fans to their feet.

Air Academy improved to 4-1. Aspen evened its record at 2-2.

The Skiers will host Cherry Creek on Friday and Regis Jesuit next Saturday.