Kent Denver ends AHS season |

Kent Denver ends AHS season

Steve Benson
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Locked in a scoreless tie following two periods, Kent Denver slid two goals past Aspen High in the third to eliminate the Skiers from the state hockey championships and end their season.

“It was probably the best high school hockey game I’ve seen all year,” Dennis Maruk said following his first season as Skiers coach.

“It was a tight game, both teams had chances, we just couldn’t get one in the net,” he added.

Aspen bounced a couple shots off the post, and AHS goalie JoJo Hernandez had an excellent game, Maruk said, but in the end Kent Denver was too much to handle.

“The guys played well,” he said. “Sometimes you’re going to win, sometimes you’re going to lose.”

Aspen defeated Kent Denver 4-3 at home Dec. 5.

“It was hard hockey, good hard hits,” Maruk said. “Our kids responded and played well, it just turned out they weren’t able to capitalize and couldn’t find the net.”

Despite the loss, Maruk said he was pleased with the outcome of the season, because it was both his first year as coach and his team is young, with only five seniors on the 28-man squad.

“I’m extremely proud of our kids to have a 14-5 record overall,” Maruk said. “With the young club we had it will just add to the success in our future.

“In the off-season, the kids know they need to get stronger and tougher.”

Furthermore, Maruk said he was pleased with the support he received in his first year as head coach.

“Overall, the support from the school and parents made my job a lot easier,” he said. “That’s why we were successful, it became a total team effort.”