Aspen Leafs split two games |

Aspen Leafs split two games

Aspen’s Geoff Lubin stickhandles near the Pioneers goal during a recent game at the Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen. The Aspen Leafs men's team split a pair of games with Park City.
John Swanson/Special to the Aspen Times |

The Aspen Leafs men’s hockey team split a pair of games last weekend against the visiting Park City Pioneers from Utah.

The games were played at the Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).

In the opener, Aspen’s Andrew Connaroe scored the game-winning goal at 13:29 of the third period, giving the Aspen Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Pioneers.

Park City rebounded the next night to defeat the Aspen Leafs in a sudden-death shootout. The penalty-filled game was tied 7-7 after regulation. The Pioneers won in the final round of the shootout.

Aspen was down 3-2 at the end of the first period and 6-4 at the end of the second.

A goal by Aspen’s Yale Lewis and another by Ian Stauber tied the game.

Josh Pulliam scored the go-ahead goal for Aspen.

But the Pioneers scored a minute and a half later to tie the game 7-7 in regulation.

The Aspen Leafs will return to action on Friday, Jan. 24, when they host the Vail Yeti. Another game against the Yeti is set for Jan.25.

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