Tie for Aspen, Battle Mtn.
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School hockey team scored two goals in the final 2:10 of regulation and then held on for a 2-2 overtime tie with rival Battle Mountain on Wednesday night at the Lewis Ice Arena.
Battle Mountain, with a healthy advantage in shots (32-20), took the lead early in the second period on a goal from senior captain Noah Beairsto, assisted by Michael Lange.
Bearisto just missed a second goal when he hit the Aspen post late in the second.
Bearisto helped extend Battle Mountain’s lead to 2-0 when he offered a perfectly timed centering pass to a streaking Clayton Davis with 11:48 to play in the third period.
But after struggling to generate solid scoring chances, the Skiers scrambled back into the game when Victor Dunn converted an unassisted power-play goal while holding off two Huskies defenders with 2:10 left in regulation.
A Battle Mountain penalty right after the score gave the Skiers another power play.
This time, Harry Ferguson fed a pass to Kai Cathers, who one-timed the game-tying goal with 1:05 left — top shelf over the Battle Mountain goalie’s glove.
Aspen managed to protect the 2-2 tie in the 5-minute overtime, ending the contest by killing a Battle Mountain power play over the last 1:12 of the Foothills League game. The Skiers moved to 3-4-2 overall, 1-2-1 in league play. Battle Mountain now is 4-4-2, 1-3-0.
The Skiers play again at 7 p.m. Friday when they host Resurrection Christian, of Loveland, at the Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).
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