Leafs hockey splits with Steamboat

The Aspen Leafs U20 hockey team returned from its holiday break with a two-game split against the Steamboat Wranglers over the weekend.

On Friday in a game played at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, Steamboat won 3-1 behind two third-period goals. Aspen led 1-0 after a goal from Brett Hawkins, but the Wranglers scored later in the period to even the game.

After a scoreless second period, Steamboat scored twice in less than three minutes in the third period to pull away.

Saturday at the Aspen Ice Garden, the Leafs rebounded with a 4-1 win. Boston Lindlahr gave Aspen a 1-0 lead after a period and his second goal early in the second period was the start of a three-goal period by the Leafs.

Aspen, 9-8-1 overall, continues to hold second place in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. First place Pikes Peak (19-1) lost for the first time this season Friday, a 4-3 defeat to the Colorado Rampage. The Miners beat the Rampage, 7-2, on Saturday.

Next for Aspen is a two-game home series Friday and Saturday against the Colorado Thunderbirds at Lewis Ice Arena.