Aspen slaps down Summit 6-3
Six different players scored for Aspen Wednesday night as the AHS hockey team won its third-straight game 6-3 over Summit High in Frisco.
Aspen junior goalie Oliver Martineau made 20 saves, and the AHS attack combined for 36 shots on the Summit net-minder. Aspen, which lost its opening game to Vail’s Battle Mountain Dec. 3, improved to 3-1 on the season with a weekend road trip to Colorado Springs on tap.
“It was a good night, playing together and using each other,” said AHS coach Dennis Maruk. “In fact, they almost over-passed at times, but it was a step away from individual-type efforts, and we cut down on mistakes.
“The guys are getting used to their line-mates, defensive pairings, power play, all that. Everyone’s moving the puck better, and it was nice to see. It was a strong effort on everybody’s part.”
Aspen’s Robert Parker and Paul Jenkins scored in the first period to give Aspen a 2-0 lead. D.J. Furth and Jon Cavaleri assisted.
In the second, Summit’s Michael Morgan cut the deficit to one, but Aspen responded with goals from Tad Norris, Nicky Anastas and Wylie Melberg. Assists went to Lincoln Neiley (two), Sean French, Parker, Hunter Baar and Jason Strauss.
“We dominated the game, basically,” Maruk said, as Aspen entered the third period up 5-1. “Their goalie [Seth Wickham] played really well, kept ’em in the game.
“And we hit three or four posts, had a lot of chances and played well. If it wasn’t for their goalie, we would’ve had a lot more.”
Summit scored two goals in the third period, by Andrew Ehrmann and Cam Carlson. Aspen’s Strauss added the final goal ” and Aspen’s sixth ” later in the third, assisted by Sean Kulzer.
Aspen was 1-for-4 on power play, and Summit scored once with a man advantage.
Today at noon, the Aspen team planned to board a bus for Colorado Springs.
At 8:30 p.m. Friday, the Skiers will face off against Coronado at the Honnen Ice Arena, and at 11:30 a.m. Saturday Aspen will take the ice against Wasson, also at the Honnen sheet.
“All we know is that they’re kind of middle-of-the-pack teams, and we have an opportunity, if we play well, to win a couple more games and have a 5 and 1 record,” said Maruk. “That would be a nice start, but we’ll take it one at a time.”
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