State title for Bantam A’s
Joining the bandwagon of successful Aspen Junior Hockey teams this season, the Aspen Leafs U14 Bantam A team brought home the hardware — another state championship.
The U14 Bantam A team finished the season 35-3-1 overall. The team won the President’s Day Tournament title, a regular-season title, a league playoff title and a final-four state playoff berth.
On Sunday, the team punctuated its historic season by celebration a 2-0 Avalanche Cup state championship win over the Arapahoe Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Goaltender Anders Brucker collected his 14th shutout of the season.
Dominic Lanese scored the game-winner late in the second period.
Alec Cokley closed the door early in the third period, notching his 18th goal of the season.
The team outshot the Warriors 33-17.
Earlier, Brucker made 25 saves as the Aspen Leafs defeated Arvada 2-0 to advance to the final.
Aspen’s Peewee A team also advancned to the Avalanche Cup state title game after a 6-2 win over the Littleton Hawks in the first round.
In the final game at the Pepsi Center, the Leafs fell behind by three goals early to the undefeated Colorado Springs Junior Tigers.
Aspen battled back with second-period goals by Max Ufkes and Connor Chesner.
But the Tigers held on for the 3-2 victory.
The Aspen Peewee A team finished the season 23-3-1 as the state runner-up.
The team won the Pacific District Silver Stick championship, won a President’s Day tourney title and a league playoff title along with an International Silver Stick Final appearance.
Aspen Junior Hockey girls teams won a regular season title and three state championships.
The boys teams won three regular-season titles, three playoff titles, secured four final-four berths, one state runner-up and one state championship.
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