Aspen Junior Hockey teams rolls into state finals
Make it three more league titles for Aspen Junior Hockey.
The Aspen Bantam A, Bantam B and Peewee A teams won their CDYHL league championships, going undefeated throughout the playoffs.
The Aspen Leafs Peewee B Gold team finished second.
All four teams will advance to the State Final Four — the Avs Cup — which is hosted by the Colorado Avalanche.
The top two teams from the CDYHL will face the top two teams from the Front Range league in a single-elimination tournament to determine Colorado youth hockey supremacy.
The state championship games will be played Sunday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
In Steamboat Springs, the Bantam A team defeated Vail 4-0 to claim the postseason league title after finishing first in the regular season with a 22-1-1 overall record.
Aspen outshot Vail in the contest 25-16 and secured the win with goals by Andrew Malcolm, Jordan Hornburg, Alexander Saslove, and Reece Cohan.
Goaltender Anders Brucker recorded is 12th shutout of the season.
Dominic Lanese led the double-elimination playoff tournament in points with 7 (3 goals, 4 assists); Cohan and Alec Cokley were tied for second with 6 points.
The Bantam B team earned their postseason league title with a 4-2 win over Glenwood Springs.
Spencer Shaw, Cally Erickson, Sam Blakeslee, and Michael Ocallaghan each scored goals in the victory.
The Leafs outshot the Grizzlies 23-20.
Forward Jamison Fuentes led the postseason tournament in scoring with 6 points (1 goal and 5 assists).
Shaw was second with 2 goals and 3 assists.
Goaltender Emerson Jacobson finished with 51 total saves, giving up only 6 goals in 3 games.
In Aspen, the Leafs Peewee A team made history by winning an epic battle that lasted five overtime periods and 11 shootout rounds against Crested Butte.
Aspen took a 2-1 lead early in the third period from goals by Logan Rech and Max Ufke.
However, Crested Butte tied the game midway through the final period, setting up the marathon finish.
Goaltender Logan Gorbitz kept his team in the game throughout the eight total periods played, and then made eight saves in a shootout that featured 11 different shooters.
Ethan Hunt was the hero who scored the game-winner.
Ufkes led the all teams in scoring in the double-elimination tournament with 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists); Rech was second with 4 goals.
Gorbitz led all goaltenders with an impressive 94.6 save percentage, and a .90 goals-against average.
The top-seeded Peewee B team finished the postseason in second place after a tough 3-2 loss in the final game to Vail.
Battling injuries and the flu, the team ran out of gas late in the game, giving up a one-goal lead heading into the third period.
Forward Stella Scott led the team in scoring with 5 goals; Rand Schenck was second with 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist).
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