Aspen Leafs hockey splits with Thunderbirds |

Aspen Leafs hockey splits with Thunderbirds

Aspen Leafs hockey player Charlie Van Allen, right, battles with a Colorado Thunderbird player in the first period of Saturday's game at Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times |

The Aspen Leafs U20 junior hockey team lost 5-1 to the visiting Colorado Thunderbirds on Saturday at Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen. The loss gave the teams a two-game split over the weekend after the Leafs won 10-4 on Friday.

Aspen’s offense wasn’t nearly as electric Saturday. Despite outshooting the Thunderbirds 16-3 in the first period, the Leafs trailed 1-0 heading into the first intermission.

Aspen’s lone goal came in the second period by Cory Kane, but it came after Colorado had already tacked on two more goals.

Leading 3-1 entering the third period, the Thunderbirds added two final goals, both coming in the final minute of regulation. Aspen outshot the Thunderbirds 51-17, but 50 saves by Thunderbird goalie Ulysses Palomares was the difference.

The Leafs were 0 for 7 on power plays.

Aspen (4-4-1 overall) next will host the Steamboat Wranglers Friday and Saturday at Lewis Ice Arena.

Today, Aspen Junior Hockey will host the final day of the three-weekend long 2016 Fall Face Off, a hockey tournament that featured 83 teams from five states.

Championship games are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

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