Welcome back to the fifth season of the Aspen Leafs Weekend Wrap-Up. Returning to its original online publication after last season on Grassroots TV, each week Executive Director Shaun Hathaway summarizes all the weekend competition from Leafs and Skier games. For season statistics, standings, scores, rosters and more, hover over GIRLS TEAMS or BOYS TEAMS on the main menu of www.aspenjuniorhockey.com and select your team.
19U A Girls: On Saturday night at Lewis Arena, the 19U Aspen Leafs, who are representing AJH and the Aspen High School Skiers this season, kept their 2017-18 unbeaten streak alive with a 4-3 win over the Summit Lightning. Juna Rettig scored two goals in the final period lifting the Leafs to victory. In the first period, Fia Palmberg tied the game 1-1; Lillian Cassidy evened the contest 2-2 late in the second period. Sammi Jaworski stood tall in net, stopping 31 of 34 shots. In their second game against Summit Sunday morning, Aspen was shut out after rattling off only 18 shots. By allowing two first-period goals, Aspen suffered their first defeat of the season. Jaworski stopped 21 shots in the 2-0 loss. Sitting 3-1 in MSGHL play, second place Aspen hosts last place Telluride next weekend.
Aspen High School Skiers: Facing the 2016-17 CHSAA semifinalist and perennial powerhouse Cherry Creek, Aspen dropped its first game of the season 5-1. After going down 4-0 late in the second period, Dominic Lanese netted the Skiers lone goal. Goaltender Gage Redman made 25 saves on 29 shots. Aspen recorded 21 shots on the Bruins net. The Skiers return to action Saturday, December 9 facing off against the Cheyenne Mountain Indians in Colorado Springs.
16U A Girls: The 16U Girls started the season at home with two games against Salt Lake City and two games against Summit. In game one Saturday, the Leafs Mia Seltzer exploded with her first hat-trick of the MSGHL season. Amanda Simeone followed up with two goals in the second and third periods, and Lindsey Heinecken tallied her first of the season in a 6-0 route. Goaltender Linnea Earl stopped 11 shots to record her fist MSGHL victory and shutout this season. In game two against Salt Lake City, Aspen gave up 33 shots, and in a back and forth contest they eventually suffered their first loss this season 6-4. Seltzer tied the game 4-4 midway throughout the third period, however Aspen gave up the game-winner late in the contest including an empty net goal with seconds remaining. Simeone, Lillian Cassidy and Chloe Writer also scored, and Ruby Dolan was solid in net with 28 saves. On Sunday, the Leafs started the day with a rematch against Salt Lake City. The game turned into another evenly matched back-and-forth contest with first and second period goals by Simeone and Cassidy. Late in the third period, Casey Chesner tied the game 3-3; however, with just over a minute left to play, Salt Lake City found the back of the net to hand Aspen its second MSGHL loss this season 4-3. In their final game against Summit later in the morning, the Leafs dominated by outshooting their opponent 34-11. Cassidy, Writer and Chesner each scored, and with 11 saves Dolan registered her first MSGHL win and shut-out of the season. The Leafs (2-2) return to action November 16/17 when they travel to New Mexico for a pair of games against the Mustangs.
14U Bantam B: The Leafs Bantam B team started CCYHL league play in Grand Junction Saturday for a three-game series against the Western Slope Sting, a combined Grand Junction/Craig team. In game one, Quinn Bowden scored two goals and Reece Hart and Strider Michelson each added one goal in a 5-5 tie game. Down 5-3 just before the midway mark in the third period, the Leafs demonstrated resolve by tying the game and gaining an important league point. In game two Sunday morning, the offense exploded with 7 goals on 32 shots. Joseph Clark registered his first goal of the season in the first period; Bowden followed up by recording his first hat-trick, Jonas Kohout netted two goals, and Michelson scored one. In the final game late Sunday morning, the Leafs only mustered 22 shots and one goal by Bowden, dropping their first league game to the Sting 3-1. The Bantam B's return to the ice next weekend with three league games against the Summit Lightning in Breckenridge.
12U A Girls: Like the 16U Girls, the Leafs 12U team played a lot of hockey over the weekend with four MSGHL games against Salt Lake City and Summit. In game one against Salt Lake City, Aspen was only down by a goal early in the third period (5-4) after CC Cassidy netted her second tally of the game. Salt Lake closed the door however, scoring two goals just 22 seconds apart late in the third period, handing Aspen a 7-4 loss. Sienna Pogliano recorded her first MSGHL goal of the season early in the game, and Kylani Nakagawa followed up with her first league goal three minutes into the third period. In game two, Pogliano again scored the first goal of the game, and registered the game winner late in the third period, lifting Aspen to a 5-4 victory over Summit. Eva Thirion, Adelaide Ryerson and Nakagawa also scored goals in the Leafs first MSGHL win this season. In game two of two versus Salt Lake City, Ingrid Cassidy tied the contest 3-3 just over 3 minutes into the 3rd period. Salt Lake City however found the back of the net late in the game to seal up the weekend sweep over Aspen 4-3. Nakagawa and CC Casidy both scored in the first period. Later Sunday, in their final game against Summit, the Leafs offense came alive, handing the Lightning an 8-0 loss. Nakagawa registered her first hat-trick of the season, while Pippa Bourke added two goals. Ingrid Cassidy and Thirion both scored their second goals of the MSGHL season, and Ella Zane netted her first. Pogliano, who suited up as the goalie, recorded her first win and shutout. The 12U Leafs return to action December 9/10 at home against league rival Telluride.
12U Peewee A: The Leafs Peewee A team opened up CDYHL play with a four-game weekend against top ranked Summit and Vail. In game one, Max Schlumberger scored the first Leafs goal to tie the contest 1-1 early in the second period. Cooper Russell his first of two goals to tie the game 2-2 late in the second, and then 3-3 early in the third. Aspen gave up the final two goals, dropping their first league game this season 5-3. In game two, Ryder Rondeau tied the game 1-1 in the first period, however the Lightning dominated the remainder of the game outshooting the Leafs 38-13 and handing them a 6-1 loss. Game 3 on Sunday, Rondeau tallied his first hat-trick of the season in the third period, giving Aspen a 3-1 lead. However, the Lightning stormed back late in the game with 2 goals, salvaging a league point with a 3-3 tie. Goaltender Jeremiah Swensen finished with 31 saves on 34 shots. Later on Sunday, the Leafs seemed to simply run out of gas, as the Vail Mountaineers handed them a convincing 7-1 loss. Lucas Johnson scored the lone Aspen goal.
10U Squirt A: In a wild scoring festival in game one against league rival Glenwood, Aspen dropped their first CDYHL game of the season 7-6. After giving up the first three goals, the Leafs reclaimed a 5-4 lead midway through the second period when Jack Freitas recorded his first hat-trick in league play this season. After another lead change, Gavin Boggs tied the contest 6-6 late in the second. In a tightly played third period, Glenwood tallied the lone score defeating Aspen 7-6. Bella Simeone and Vassar Tarumianz both registered goals in the loss. In game two, Freitas continued his goal scoring streak by netting the first goal of the game, giving Aspen the early 1-0 lead (this fall Freitas finished as the leading tournament goal scorer in the AJH Fall Faceoff, Las Vegas Challenge Cup, and Vail Sportsmanship Tournament). Later in the first period Rupert Ingram lit the lamp, and early in the second period Tyler Schmela netted the eventual game-winner. Josh Ness and Gunnar Gleasman extended Aspen's lead in third period en route to a 5-2 victory over first place Glenwood. Goaltender Blake Johnson was solid in net, stopping 18 of 20 shots.
8U Mites: The Aspen Leafs sent four teams to the Glenwood Springs Mite Jamboree Saturday. Players left the rink sweaty and smiling.