Prep hockey: Steamboat skates to 6-2 win in Aspen |

Prep hockey: Steamboat skates to 6-2 win in Aspen

Steamboat Springs scored three times in the third period to spoil the opener of Aspen High School’s extended hockey homestand with a 6-2 win Tuesday night.

The Skiers pulled within a single goal at 3-2 just 32 seconds into the third period at the Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).

The teams skated in the one-goal game for nine minutes.

But the Sailors extended the lead to 4-2 when David Cropper went end-to-end and finished with a goal with 4:20 to play in the game.

Teammate David LaPointe scored his second goal of the game with 2:38 to play.

And Cropper scored in an empty net with 27 seconds left for his hat trick and the Sailors’ Foothills League victory. The Sailors improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in conference with the Tuesday night win.

Steamboat struck first against the Sailors with 3:36 to play in the opening period when Jordan Gorr scored on a nifty wraparound.

LaPointe’s goal, assisted by Jack McNamara and Nate Kelley, pushed the lead to 2-0.

Cropper’s first made it 3-0 for the Sailors with 5:32 to play in the second period.

Aspen scored to cut into the lead on a right-side rush by RJ Peshek, who finished with a glove-side goal with 4:04 to play in the second.

That set the stage for a slap-shot goal from Joel Rothman, assisted by Burke Daily, as the third period opened.

But Steamboat’s Adam Hoffman shut the door in goal, securing the win for the Sailors. He had 20 saves in the win.

Aspen’s Andy Vernier had 21 saves.

The Skiers (3-5-0 overall, 2-5-0 in conference) will host Resurrection Christian at 7 p.m. Friday at the ARC.

On Saturday, Aspen will host Ralston Valley at 4 p.m.

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