Aspen’s win streak hits seven
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Another weekend of dominating hockey has the Skiers sitting pretty with a 7-1 record, and looking beyond the holiday break to a Jan. 7 rematch with Vail’s Battle Mountain, the only team to beat them this season.
Aspen outscored two opponents 13-1 over the weekend at the ARC’s Lewis Ice Arena, and every line scored. Aspen blanked Regis Friday night 5-0, then beat Coronado 8-1 on Saturday.
But domination led to frustration Saturday against Coronado as two Skiers were ejected for fighting. Sophomore forward David Goldberg and junior forward Tad Norris will miss the Battle Mountain game serving one-game suspensions.
In Aspen’s season-opener, Dec. 3, Aspen lost to Battle Mountain 5-2.
“We needed to control our frustrations,” Aspen coach Dennis Maruk said. “They didn’t do that, and punches were thrown.”
Aspen controlled every aspect of the game Friday night, and Regis never posed a threat. The Skiers scored two goals in the first period, another in the second, and two more in the third.
“We were clicking ” all four lines are contributing,” Maruk said. “We have solid offensive scoring from each line right now, which is really nice, everybody will get a chance to play.”
Senior Lincoln Neiley led the way against Regis with two goals and an assist.
Junior Tyler Horn, sophomore Colin Smith and Norris also scored for Aspen. Assists went to Sam Harder (three), Sean French, Jon Cavaleri, Goldberg and Norris.
Maruk, a former NHL All-Star in his first year as Aspen’s head coach, inherited a young team, one that lost 13 seniors. Expectations, therefore, weren’t too high.
But Aspen has played shockingly well and success, Maruk said, has come with balance and team work.
“When I first came out to work with these young men, it looked like their team work was lacking,” Maruk said. “What we’ve really tried to concentrate on in the last month or so is creating more opportunities by using your linemates.
“Instead of doing it all on your own, I’ve told them to look for another, and they’ve done that.”
Maruk said he spoke to his team after the win Saturday night, and complimented them on their achievements.
“I thanked them for their early success due to the fact they didn’t know me and I was coming in cold,” Maruk said. “I owe a lot of success to these kids, they’ve pulled together as a team and bonded, and it’s shown in our recent success.”
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