Aspen hockey shows improvement in tie with Battle Mountain |

Aspen hockey shows improvement in tie with Battle Mountain

Aspen and Battle Mountain go head-to-head in a faceoff Friday at the Aspen Ice Garden. The teams played to a 1-1 draw.
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A month ago, the Aspen High School hockey team lost 4-0 at Battle Mountain, the second of three straight losses to open the season.

Fast forward to Friday, and things look much improved for the Skiers, considering where they came from. In Aspen’s first game of 2017, it faced that same Husky team, playing to a 1-1 draw at the Aspen Ice Garden.

“Today we showed actual intensity. We were working hard; we got on the puck,” AHS coach Dru Lucchesi said. “We still got to clean up a lot of little things, but once again, I was really happy with the overall and where we are heading.”

The Skiers were the first to score, a goal by freshman Jack Pevny (his second of the season) giving them a 1-0 lead in the late stages of the second period. Goalie Jacob Wedhorn “played out of his mind, once again,” according to Lucchesi, his only blemish being an unassisted goal by Battle Mountain’s Hunter Fox with 7:56 to play in the third period that tied the game.

After a five-minute, sudden death overtime period, the game ended in a draw. It was the second tie of the season for Battle Mountain (3-0-2), which remains without a loss.

“That team does the simple things really well and we are still developing our simple style of hockey,” Lucchesi said. “We had a really good week of practice. We pushed them pretty hard and I think it showed.”

Aspen (1-4-1) will play at Steamboat Springs at 3 p.m. today inside Howelsen Ice Arena. Battle Mountain’s other tie came in a 5-5 draw against Steamboat in the season opener.

“We are getting there. It’s all a process. Baby steps,” Lucchesi said. “We got to get a ‘W’ tomorrow. We got at least one point tonight, which is much needed.”

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