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Happy home: Aspen hockey beats Summit

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen Skiers sent the home crowd home happy Saturday night.

The Aspen High School hockey team closed out the regular season with a 4-1 victory over Summit in the final home game for the Skiers.

One day after clinching a state playoff berth, the Aspen hockey team broke a scoreless tie with Summit when captain Harry Ferguson scored an unassisted goal with 13 minutes to play in the 17-minute second period.

With the Aspen offensive attack unleashing a barrage of shots against Summit goalie Wyatt Dickerson, the Skiers pushed the lead to 2-0 when Arthur Kelso scored a rebound goal off a shot from Trey Robinson. Tyler Tick also assisted on the Aspen goal.

Kelso had scored two goals and added an assist Friday night in Aspen’s 4-0 victory over Battle Mountain.

But the plucky Tigers from Summit tightened the game Saturday with a power-play goal by Sean Costello early in the third period, assisted by Sam Herwig and George Kamins.

The breathing-room goal for the Skiers came on a crowd-pleasing exchange with 8:17 to play in the game.

Tick, taken down with the puck along the boards in the Summit end, reached out with his stick while prone on the ice, tapping the puck right to a streaking Victor Dunn, who drilled the puck into the back of the net for a 3-1 Aspen lead.

Minutes later, Summit was victimized for an empty-net goal as the Tigers went with an extra attacker and pulled the goalie.

Charlie Van Allen hit the open net after taking a pass from Henry Godfrey.

The Skiers finished the regular season with an 8-6-0 league record.

They are 11-8-0 overall, heading into the state hockey playoffs next week.

The state seedings are scheduled to be announced today by CHSAA. But weather-related issues from Saturday night could force the hockey seeding into early next week.

The Skiers will hit the road for the first and second rounds of the playoffs, with games scheduled for next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28.

The Summit Tigers, who celebrated senior night in Aspen because their Friday night home game in Breckenridge was canceled, finished the season 4-14-1 overall, 2-11-1 in league.

All of the Summit seniors’ parents made the trip to Aspen for the senior celebration, in spite of Saturday’s weather conditions.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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