19U A Girls:
In their final home game this season, Aspen celebrated the four seniors graduating from Aspen High School this spring: Maddy Rubinoff, Sonya Benson, Sophia Mitchell and Fia Palmberg. Heading into the Saturday afternoon matchup against the Vail Mountaineers, the first place Aspen Skiers hadn’t lost a game since December 3. With a 9-1-2 record, the team was poised to extend their unbeaten streak, and it didn’t take long to flex their muscles. Just over three minutes into the game, Palmberg scored Aspen’s first goal, and Juna Rettig followed up three minutes later netting her 10th league goal this season. Three minutes into the second period, Laney Martens found the back of the net and Aspen cruised to an easy 3-0 victory. Outshooting the Mountaineers 35-22, Skiers goaltender Sammie Jaworski was perfect stopping 21 shots. Benson, who was suffering from the flu, took over in the last five minutes on senior night to stop one shot in her final home appearance. Aspen concludes its regular season February 10 and 11 at Howelsen Arena in Steamboat.
Aspen High School Varsity:
Aspen was on the road Friday night in Colorado Springs visiting the winless Doherty Spartans. After a surprising scoreless first period, the Skiers veteran players Reece Cohan, Dominic Lanese and Jamison Fuentes stepped up with three straight second period goals. With a 3-1 lead headed into the final stanza, seniors Jordan Hornburg and Spencer Shaw extended the Aspen lead. Max Ufkes netted his sixth goal this season to seal a 6-2 win. Goaltender Gage Redman finished the game with 26 saves. The Skiers return to Lewis Arena Friday night (7:15) for a league game against the Pine Creek Eagles. The game will be broadcast live by Grassroots TV.
16U A Girls:
The 11-3 Aspen Leafs hosted the Vail Mountaineers on Saturday for pair of back-to-back games. In game one, the Leafs score three unanswered goals in the first and second periods before allowing a Vail tally late in the game. Casey Chesner scored two goals and Lillian Cassidy and Mia Seltzer each had one in the 4-1 victory. Goaltender Linnea Earl made 14 saves. In game two, Aspen dominated from the drop of the puck. Seltzer scored in the first 20 seconds before Chesner roofed a backhand one timer that should have appeared on ESPN’s top five plays of the week. After giving up a goal midway through the first, Seltzer netted two, Cassidy scored her second of the day, Amanda Simeone registered her 12th league goal this season, and Chesner finished the 7-1 onslaught notching her 24th MSGHL tally with 45 seconds remaining. Goaltender Ruby Dolan recorded her sixth win this season with 15 saves. The Leafs travel to Steamboat February 10/11 to complete the regular season against the Stampede.
Aspen High School Junior Varsity:
The Skiers faced off against down valley rival Yampah Mountain for a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday night. In game one on the road, Aspen gave up two first period goals before Connor Allen and Ben Obrien tied the game with back-to-back goals in the second period. JD Glenn netted the game winner early in the final stanza, and goaltender Logan Soderberg closed the door with 18 saves to claim the 3-2 victory. In game two, Aspen racked up 32 minutes in penalties on 10 infractions, giving Yampah Mountain an easy opportunity to even the series. After going down 2-0 early in the second period, Aspen forward Ryan Sovich scored on the power play to cut the lead to one goal. Yampah responded however late in second to extend the lead, and put the nail in the coffin late in third on the power play. With the 4-1 loss, Aspen drops to 3-2 on the season.
Aspen faced off against down valley rival and first place Glenwood for three league games. The first two were played in the comfort of the Ice Garden on Saturday. In game one, the shots were even throughout the game, but the lone goal by the Leafs Braden Haisfield was enough to lift Aspen to a huge win. Goaltender Zach Small was brilliant in net stopping 32 shots for his first CDYHL shutout this season. In game two, Jonas Kohout opened the scoring for Aspen in game dominated by the home team. In the third period, Bond, Tim Schlumberger and George Morrison each tallied goals and the Leafs skated to an impressive 4-1 victory. Aspen outshot Glenwood 43-12. Goaltender Brannon Bridger was solid in net stopping 11 shots. In game three on road Sunday morning, Aspen maintained its momentum and cruised to another 4-1 victory by scoring the first four unanswered goals. Carter Schmela, Fisher Scott, Schlumberger and Bond each scored, and Small made 18 saves.
The Leafs took the ice on Sunday for a pair of home games against first place Vail at Lewis Arena. In game one, CC Cassidy lifted Aspen to an early lead just 90 seconds into the contest. She netted her second goal early in the second period for a 2-1 lead before Vail took over the scoring with three unanswered goals. After suffering a tough 4-2 loss, the Leafs looked to rebound in game two. Eva Thirion got Aspen on the scoreboard early in the first period scoring on the power play. After a scoreless second period, the game turned ugly. Playing against an overly aggressive Vail squad, three Leafs players were injured with concussions, and the Mountaineers took advantage of the momentum swing with six unanswered goals in the final period. Aspen returns to action in two weeks for a pair of road games against the Steamboat Stampede to conclude the MSGHL regular season.
After a pair of league wins last weekend at home, Aspen was back in action with a home and home series against down valley rival Glenwood. Playing game one on the road Saturday, Ryan Rigney scored the first two goals for Aspen early in the first and second periods. Ryder Rondeau followed up to make it a 3-0 game before Glenwood got on the scoreboard. Hudson Klindworth and Casey Light each tallied goals late in the second and third periods, and the Leafs cruised to a 5-1 victory. Goaltender Jeremiah Swenson made 18 saves. In game two at Lewis Arena on Sunday, Aspen gave up its lone goal just 17 seconds into the second period. Max Schlumberger quickly responded tying the game 13 seconds after Glenwood’s tally, and from there it was all Aspen. Lucas Johnson recorded his first hat trick of the season including two shorthanded goals for a 4-1 Leafs victory.
Aspen was in Glenwood Saturday for a friendly scrimmage with the Grizzly house program.
The Aspen Mites were in Vail on Sunday competing in the cross ice Vail Jamboree. The Leafs plan to host the AJH Mite Jamboree this Sunday (February 4) at Lewis Arena.