Puck drops on Fall Face-Off II | AspenTimes.com

Puck drops on Fall Face-Off II

The second weekend of the 11th annual Aspen Junior Hockey Fall Face-Off hockey tournament opens this morning with the first of 60 weekend games at the Aspen Ice Garden and Lewis Ice Arena at the ARC.Featuring 30 teams from three states playing in four divisions, the second (of three) Fall Face-Off weekends commences with a marquee matchup at 11 a.m. today at the Lewis sheet – Aspen against Vail in the 11- and 12-year-old Peewee A division. At the same time at the Ice Garden, the Aspen Squirt C’s (10-and-under) face off against Arapahoe.Aspen’s Bantam B’s (ages 13 and 14) open the tournament against Arvada at 1:30 p.m. today at the Lewis rink. And at the unlikely hour of 11:30 p.m. Friday, the 15- to 18-year-old Aspen Midget Major A’s open against Arvada 1.(For a schedule of the Aspen teams’ games, see page A16 or go online at http://www.aspenjuniorhockey.com.)”You never know what the Denver teams will bring, but all the teams on the Front Range are very competitive,” said tournament director Tim Ware. “Then there’s the unknown of the Cheyenne, Wyoming, team and the Dallas Titans. Anytime you get teams from out of the area, you’re just not quite sure what to expect, and I guess that adds to the flavor of the tournament.””The biggest thing is that we have 12 teams in the Midget Major division and that means running a lot of slots if you’re a Midget parent – running the clock, keeping score – and, boy, that’s a lot of work,” Ware continued. “So my hat’s off to them, because without them this tournament doesn’t fly.”In the final weekend of the Face-Off, No. 12-14, girls hockey takes over with under-19, under-14 and under-12 divisions, as well as an 8-and-under Mites Jamboree.

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