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No satisfaction for AHS icemen after home wins

Steve Benson

Despite a 6-3 win over Coronado at home Saturday night that kept Aspen High’s hockey team undefeated in the Mountain Conference, Skier head coach Bryan Ganz isn’t satisfied. “It was very similar to Friday night’s game – we struggled in the first period and didn’t play up to our capabilities,” Ganz said Monday. “We played down to the level of the other team. It’s almost like we came into the game not mentally prepared and we took things for granted.” Aspen came from behind to beat Rampart at home by the same score Friday night. Ganz said he expected a better effort Saturday night, after stressing the importance of coming out strong and playing as a team. Aspen beat Coronado 7-1 in early December. “I thought they would get the message after Friday’s game,” he said. “But they didn’t.” Ganz said his team sometimes suffers from overconfidence when playing teams they know they should beat, and they drop some of the fundamentals of good hockey. “When we get into these games where we know we can beat the other team we start to play as individuals – score goals and pad stats,” he said. “But the more you play like a team, the better you will be as an individual. “That concept doesn’t seem to sink in sometimes as a group. When we play the tough teams we play a real solid, good game. When we get into these games, we don’t.” Aspen is now 7-0 in Mountain Conference play and 12-2 overall. Aspen’s only losses came in December at the hands of Battle Mountain and Air Academy. This weekend, Aspen has back-to-back road games against Cheyenne Mountain and Peak to Peak. The Skiers beat both of those teams in mid-January, but both games were at home.”These are two huge road games,” Ganz said. “They’re two teams we already played and beat at home. Now the true test is to go on the road and see if we can get two wins.” Faceoff Friday night at Peak to Peak is at 7:15 p.m., with Saturday’s game against Cheyenne Mountain starting at 11:30 a.m. Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com


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