Prep briefs from Friday, Feb. 2: Aspen High hockey beats Pine Creek
The Aspen High School hockey team took care of visiting Pine Creek on Friday at Lewis Ice Arena, the start of a three-game home stand for the Skiers.
Henry Morrison gave Aspen the 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest before Pine Creek tied it less than two minutes later. AHS then finished the first period with a flurry of goals, two coming via power play, to lead 4-1 at the first intermission.
Down 5-1 late in the second period, Pine Creek scored back-to-back goals, the second coming early in the third period, to get as close as 5-3 before a late-game power-play goal by Aspen’s Xander Ramsey finished the contest.
Aspen’s six goals were scored by six different players. Four players led AHS with two points each.
With the loss, Pine Creek fell to 6-8-2 overall and 5-5-1 in Peak Conference play. Aspen improved to 9-2-3 overall and 8-0-3 in Peak Conference play.
With five games remaining in the regular season, the Skiers control their own fate within the conference. Next, AHS will host Resurrection Christian (11-3-0) Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lewis Ice Arena. Aspen, Resurrection Christian and Heritage are all vying for the top conference spot.
Aspen plays Heritage for the second time on Feb. 10 and will play at Resurrection Christian on Feb. 16. Aspen and Heritage tied 2-2 in their first meeting on Jan. 19.
ASPEN GIRLS SWIM TEAM OPENS WSL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH STRONG PRELIM SHOWING
The Aspen High School girls swim team opened the Western Slope League championships with a strong showing in Friday’s preliminaries at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
Davy Brown (200 IM, 100 free) and Emily Driscoll (100 fly, 100 back) both earned the top seeds in their respective races. The 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams of Brown, Driscoll, Emily Kinney and Taylor Patillo also earned top seeds.
Kinney is slotted second in the 100 breast and third in the 50 free. Patillo is seeded fifth in the 500 free.
Ashley Sprenger, Sophia Perry, Carolina Robinson, Abby Easterling and Lily Easterling all made consolation finals.
Finals take place Saturday afternoon in Grand Junction. The state swim meet is next weekend in Thornton.
ASPEN HIGH NORDIC TEAM COMPETES AT HOME ON SATURDAY
The Aspen High School/AVSC Nordic teams were away last weekend tuning up for Saturday’s home race on the course at AHS.
The high school team competed in a 5K skate race at Snow Mountain Ranch where Aspen’s Eva McDonough was the top female skier, placing 7th, followed by fellow freshmen Kylie Kenney and Stefani Wojcik, who all qualified for states.
In the boys race, Henry Barth skied to fourth, with fellow skimeister Christian Kelley and freshman John Paulo Viola also qualifying.
At the same time, the AVSC national comp team was in Steamboat Springs for a Rocky Mountain Junior National Qualifier. Day one was a skate sprint competition with Chelsea Moore claiming second place on the podium for the U18/20 females.
The next day was a classic distance race with Reed Russell earning bronze in U10 boys.
Other top 10 finishes in classic include Everett Olson in ninth, U18/20; Chelsea Moore in sixth, U18/20; Noah Wheeless in 10th, U16: Kate Oldham in eighth, Jordan Miner in ninth, U16; and Elsie Weiss in seventh, U14.
The AHS home race takes place for much of today at the Aspen High School tracks at AVSC. The older skiers line up for mass start classic races at 11 a.m, and finish the day with a skate pursuit beginning at 2 p.m., with middle school races in between.
It will be an action-packed on a fast course, with hundreds of skiers from across the state competing. Please park in the AHS or Aspen Middle School lots or take the Maroon Creek or Highlands bus direct to the high School.
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