Breckenridge Bucks edge Aspen Leafs 5-4
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Leafs were clad in pink Friday night.
But the Breckenridge Bucks left them seeing red.
The visiting Bucks held on for a tense 5-4 victory over the Aspen Leafs on Friday night at the Aspen Ice Garden in a key Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League game.
Breckenridge scored four goals in the second period to skate into the final period with a 5-3 advantage.
Aspen’s Tommy Bowe scored an unassisted goal with 13:11 remaining to pull the Leafs within a single goal at 5-4.
But the Aspen Leafs complicated their comeback when they were whistled for a 5-minute major penalty and a game ejection to Trent Luby, giving the Bucks an extended power play late in the game.
In spite of a huge advantage in shots (44-25), the Aspen Leafs lost the league game and dropped out of a tie for first place in the RMJHL.
Breckenridge scored first when Nick Neddo hit the net with 5:07 to play in the first period.
Aspen tied the game 1-1 late in the period when Spencer Sabourin scored the first of his two goals.
Breckenridge regained the lead when Milou Lofstrom scored just two minutes into the second period.
Again Aspen tied the game at 2-2 on a Sabourin goal, assisted by Michael Tilly and Cal Erdman.
The Leafs took a brief lead at 3-2 when Andrew Lee scored, assisted by Taylor Knight.
The 3-3 goal for Breckenridge came just 38 seconds later. Michael Klintworth scored, assisted by Flores and Lofstrom.
The Bucks took the lead for good with 5:33 to play in the second period. Joey Lajcaj scored the go-ahead goal.
Klintworth scored what turned out to be the game winner with just 17 seconds to play in the second — his second goal of the game.
A large crowd turned out for the breast cancer awareness game for the Aspen Leafs, who wore pink sweaters. The gate and concessions were donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The two teams play again Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at the Aspen Ice Garden.
The Aspen Leafs are 16-5-0 on the season.
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