Aspen U-19 girls hockey exacts revenge on DU |

Aspen U-19 girls hockey exacts revenge on DU

The under-19 Aspen girls hockey team exacted a little revenge on their biggest rival of the season, Denver University, last weekend at DU’s place in Denver.

The first and only team to beat the Aspen U-19s this season, earlier this month in the finals of the annual Aspen Fall Face-Off no less, DU features a big, fast team with a quality goalie. But the Aspen girls made no mistake about who was the better team on Sunday.

The early game was close all the way. Tied at 0-0 after the first period, the teams traded goals in the second, with Dylan Braun scoring for Aspen. Maddy D’Amato and Reilly Gallagher assisted.

Still tied with two minutes to play in the third period, Aspen pressured the DU zone until Lolli Johns scored the game-winner past the DU goalie, assisted by D’Amato and Victoria Work.

In the second game of the day, the Aspen girls put on an impressive display of teamwork, playing virtually mistake-free hockey.

Aspen once again outshot their rivals two to one, but this time Aspen goalie Teagan Walters blanked DU 4-0. Again, the game was tied 0-0 after the first period. In the second period, Maggie Melberg broke the tie with a goal, assisted by Caitlin Dunn.

In the third, the Aspen girls took over with a dominating team effort. Dunn scored, assisted by Johns, and Dylan Braun added two more goals for a hat trick to seal the win. Carly Magill and Gallagher assisted.

Known as a sharp-passing, fast-skating team, the Aspen U-19s are now getting production from everyone on the team, with no weak spots, and hitting their stride with two-thirds of the season left to play.

The Aspen U-19s play next on Sunday, Dec. 14, against the Aspen Mother Puckers women’s hockey team. Face off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis Ice Arena at the ARC.

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