Vail stops Puckers
We don’t like them. They don’t like us.
The Aspen-Vail ski town rivalry played out once more on Saturday night at the Aspen Ice Garden, with Vail, the defending Colorado women’s hockey champions, beating the Aspen Mother Puckers, the 2003 runners- up, 3-1.
Vail scored a pair of goals in the first period and took a 3-0 lead in the third.
Tina Schairer, the Puckers’ leading scorer, recorded Aspen’s only goal of the night off a rebound as the final horn sounded.
Schairer, who played at Providence College, missed the first period in order to play the opening periods with her Euro Trash team, a men’s team in the Aspen Rec. League, in their league championship bid that was being played simultaneously at the Lewis Ice Arena at the ARC. (The Euro Trash managed to win, 3-2, in double overtime without Schairer.)
And while Schairer helped Aspen avoid a shutout against Vail, the strong, fast and physical Vail team proved too much to overcome.
“Vail’s the best team we play,” said Schairer, “and our biggest rival.”
When the Colorado women’s hockey state tournament commences April 2-4 in Vail, Schairer says Vail represents the most formidable obstacle in the Puckers’ path.
Last spring, Aspen led Vail 3-0 in the state title game, then allowed six unanswered goals in a loss that still stings.
“We’ll be looking to settle some scores at the state tourney,” Schairer said.
The Puckers have two more regular-season games remaining, at home March 20 and 21 against the Silverwolves, before the state tourney.
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