Preps Feb. 9: Aspen hockey beats Crested Butte to end long skid
Aspen High hockey beats Crested Butte to end skid
The Aspen High School hockey team got a much-needed win Saturday, finding a way past host Crested Butte by a score of 5-4 at the Jorgensen ice rink in Gunnison.
The Titans led 1-0 early in the first period, but two quick goals by Aspen’s Dominic Lanese and Matthew Rigney made it 2-1 Skiers after a period. Neither team scored in the second.
The third period was a wild one. Crested Butte tied it at 2-2 less than a minute into the final period. AHS answered with two goals — one each by Robbie Fitzgerald and Jack Pevny — to make it 4-2 less than four minutes into the period.
The Titans rallied to get the tie with back-to-back goals within about 30 seconds midway through the period. Aspen got the game-winner with just inside five minutes to play, a power-play goal by Lanese, assisted by Rigney.
It was the first win for Aspen since beating Glenwood Springs 5-0 on Jan. 11. AHS had gone 0-4-2 in the six games since, including a 5-2 loss to Crested Butte on Friday night.
Aspen (6-7-4 overall) will finish at least a point behind Crested Butte in the Peak Conference, as Saturday’s contest was its final league game. The Titans (14 points) still play Battle Mountain (12 points) on Friday.
AHS will wrap up its regular season Saturday at Resurrection Christian. The teams played to a 2-2 draw back on Jan. 19 in Aspen.
Aspen basketball teams swept by league-leading Delta
The Aspen High School basketball teams couldn’t quite keep up with league-leading Delta on Saturday in their final home games of the regular season. The AHS boys dropped a 59-33 decision, while the AHS girls fell, 57-18. Both the Panther boys and girls teams remain undefeated and atop the 3A Western Slope League heading into the final week of play.
The Aspen boys fell to 5-13 overall while the AHS girls now are 4-13. They have only one game remaining in the regular season, a Thursday trip to rival Basalt.
Basalt wrestling closes out regular season at Meeker tournament
The Basalt High School wrestling team wrapped up its regular season on Saturday by going 1-3 at a dual tournament hosted by Meeker. The Longhorns lost to Grand Valley (33-24), Palisade (39-30) and Rifle (54-24). The win came over Soroco, 40-18.
Basalt will now turn its attention toward regionals, which are scheduled to get underway Friday in Alamosa.
In a titanic battle of 35-year-old local superstars, John Gaston outdueled Simi Hamilton on Saturday to win the fourth iteration of the Snowmass 50 mountain bike race.
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