Aspen hosted the 16U Team Colorado AAA squad over the weekend in Breckenridge for a pair of sanctioned CAHA games. On Saturday, Aspen was shut out 6-0 in game where starting goaltender Sonya Benson was injured midway through the contest. Jasmine Riebel suited up in relief, and made 21 saves. The next morning, the Leafs rebounded nicely and defeated Team Colorado 7-4. Katie Yocum and Paige Schlegel both scored two goals, and Elli Vandeyacht,, Sophia Fondl, Kathryn Guerrieri each tallied one goal. Riebel made 17 saves, gaining her second win in net.
High School Varsity:
On Friday night, the Skiers hosted a pivotal divisional matchup against the Heritage High School Eagles. After giving up the first goal early in the first period, the Skiers power play tied the game off a shot from the blue line from Dominic Lanese. In the second period, Aspen’s power play struck again, this time off the stick of Robbie Fitzgerald. Later in the third period Heritage tied the game in a chaotic scene in the crease after goaltender Gage Redman made back-to-back saves. Redman would make his biggest stop of the game in the waning seconds of regulation, a beautiful glove save from point blank range. In overtime the Skiers dominated play with Max Ufkes and Finn Allen both hitting the crossbar, but the team was unable to find the back of the net and was forced to settle with a 2-2 tie. On Saturday the Aspen hosted the Cheyenne Mountain Indians and dominated the game from the drop of the puck. Jackson Holmbeck and Fitzgerald each netted two goals, and RJ Peshek, Matthew Rigney and Allen each scored one. Goaltenders Logan Soderberg and Redman split time in net, stopping a combined 17 shots.
16U AA Girls:
As the Leafs gear up for a run towards the USA Hockey National Championships in April, they showed they are a legitimate contender with a convincing sweep against the Lady Roughriders in Breckenridge. In their first game Saturday, Aspen rattled off four unanswered goals after giving up a first period tally. Lilli Armstrong, Gabby DeMorat, Charolette Howie, and Laney Martens each scored in the contest. Goaltenders Anika Anderson and Sami Jaworski split time in net stopping a combined 22 shots. In game two later in the day, the Leafs offense exploded for seven goals. DeMorat recorded her first hat trick of the season, and Juna Rettig and Armstrong each registered two goals in the lopsided 7-2 victory. Aspen outshot the Roughriders 35 to 26. Jaworski recorded her fourth win of the season stopping 24 shots.
16U A Girls:
The Leafs were on the road over the weekend with two games against the Lady Roughriders in Boulder. Aspen skated to a 7-4 victory led by Casey Chesner who scored four goals in the game. Mia Seltzer lit the lamp twice and Amanda Simeone rounded out the Leafs scoring with the first goal of the contest. In game two, the Aspen offense was shut down, and the Leafs were shut out for the first time this season by a final score of 5-0. Aspen will look to rebound quickly with a pair of home games against Vail next Saturday at the Ice Garden.
High School Junior Varsity:
On Friday night at Lewis Arena, the Skiers faced off against the Heritage HS Eagles in only their sixth game this season. Ben Obrien scored first for Aspen in the first period lifting the Skiers to an early 1-0 lead. After giving up two straight goals, Rand Schenck tied the game in the second period with a short-handed tally. Ryan Sovich netted the game winner on the power play early in the third period, and the Skiers held on for the 3-2 victory. On Saturday, Ozzy Benson and Obrien recorded two goals each, and Ethan Godfrey, Artie Ross-Munves, JD Glenn, Cooper Johnson, and Sovich scored in a 9-0 thrashing over Cheyenne Mountain. Goaltender Logan Soderberg made 10 saves gaining his third shutout this season.
Aspen travelled to Denver for its third of four CAHA Tier-2 events, a three game weekend against the Lady Roughriders, Littleton and New Mexico. In game one against nationally ranked and undefeated Littleton, the Leafs arguably played their best game of the season. After going down early 1-0, Mia Seltzer tied the game mid through the first period. Just over three minutes later the Hawks responded with two quick goals just 15 second apart. From there, the game tightened up, and both teams traded chances until Littleton tallied an empty net goal late in the final stanza to claim a 4-1 victory. Goaltender Makayla Ganje was solid throughout the game stopping 23 of 26 shots. Aspen rattled off 23 shots in the loss. In game two versus the Roughriders, Aspen kept the game close but was unable to solve the Roughriders goaltender. Giving up one goal in the first period and two in the second, the hard working Leafs were handed a tough 3-0 loss. In the final matchup against New Mexico, Aspen came from behind to claim a thrilling 3-2 win. After giving up two goals early in the game, Atlyn Ganje scored late in the first period. After scoreless second period, Seltzer found the back of the net just 30 seconds into the third period, and Amanda Simeone netted the game winner nine minutes later. The win provided the Leafs some positive momentum and they look towards the CAHA state tournament in March.
The Leafs were on the road this weekend for three important league games against the rival Vail Mountaineers. Game one was played at Dobson Arena in Vail Village Saturday morning. After giving up the first goal midway through the opening period, Tim Schlumberger tallied the equalizer with just over a minute before the first intermission. In the second period Aspen and Vail traded two goals each; Martin Scanlan and Fisher Scott scored for the Leafs. Scott notched his second of the game early in the third period, giving Aspen a 4-3 lead. Ten seconds after Vail tied the game, Carson Miller found the back of the net giving the Leafs a 5-4 advantage. Brooks Bond sealed the 6-4 win with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. For game two later on Saturday, Aspen travelled west to Eagle Ice Arena. In another back and forth contest, Aspen once again skated away with a 6-4 victory. Scanlan, Scott, and Bond each scored two goals, and goaltender Zach Small made 21 saves. Back in Vail Village for game three Sunday morning, Bond lifted the Leafs to an early lead just three minutes into the game. Unfortunately for Aspen, for the remainder of the game the wheels fell off the bus and Vail capitalized on 5 unanswered goals to claim a 5-1 victory. The Leafs return to action next weekend for a three game series against Roaring Fork Valley rival Glenwood Springs.
Aspen showed signs of steady improvement over the weekend in a three game series against the Vail Mountaineers. After being shutout 2-0 Saturday at Dobson Arena, the Leafs gained in important league point Sunday morning with a 2-2 tie. Down 2-0 early in the game, George Morrison scored with 45 seconds left in the first period, and Carter Schmela netted a power play goal with only 30 seconds left in regulation to even the contest. Goaltender Brannon Bridger made 22 saves in the game to earn Aspen an important league point. In game three on Sunday afternoon, Reece Hart scored two goals in the first period along with Porter Holmbeck and Lags Simeone giving Aspen an early 4-1 lead. Quinn Bowden notched the eventual game winner midway through the third period lifting the Leafs to a 5-4 victory. Bridger was solid in net stopping 34 shots.
Aspen was at home over the weekend hosting the Lizard Heads from Telluride for three CDYHL games. After giving up the first three goals just four minutes into the game, Cooper Russell scored twice in the first period to keep the Leafs alive. With a late first period and early second period goal by Telluride, Max Schlumberger again closed the gap with an even strength goal to make it a 5-3 game. Down 6-3 heading into the final period, Aspen fought back by shutting out Telluride and Ryder Rondeau netted two goals. With a late push, the Leafs were unable to tie the game; however the team displayed a never give up mentality in the 6-5 loss. In game two early Sunday morning, Aspen gave up the lone Telluride goal midway through the second period. Rondaeu tied the contest with only 30 seconds remaining in regulation, and the two teams skated to 1-1 tie. Goaltender Jeremiah Swensen made 24 saves. In game three, the Leafs allowed five unanswered goals in the first period before Russell responded with his sixth goal of the season. Aspen was unable to gain any more momentum, giving up four more goals to suffer a tough 9-1 loss. The Leafs return to action this upcoming weekend with a pair of road games against Glenwood Springs.
Aspen squared off against Telluride on Saturday at the Ice Garden for a quick two-game series. In game one, Lars Earl scored the first goal and Sylvie Goldman tied the game 2-2 before the end of the opening stanza. In the second period Ryder Rondeau scored, giving Aspen a 3-2 advantage. Hudson Klindworth and Brecon Bridger sealed the 5-2 win, both scoring goals in the final period. In game two, the Aspen offense exploded for five unanswered goals scored by Gage Anderson, Jeremiah Swensen, Cooper Russel, Bridger and Rondeau. Treven Ward completed the scoring for the Leafs in the third period to seal a 6-1 victory. Goaltender Eddie Zane made 11 saves.
The Leafs were on the road Saturday and Sunday for a three game series against the Steamboat Stampede. In game one, Aspen came back twice in the first and second periods before taking their first lead of the game early in the third period 3-2. Tyler Schmela scored in the first period, Jack Freitas continued his scoring streak in the second with his 21st league goal, and Josh Ness scored in the third. Although Aspen outshot Steamboat 24-12, they gave up a goal in the final minutes and were forced to settle with a 3-3 tie. In game two Saturday evening, Cameron Dioguardi scored early but Steamboat came back quickly in the first period with three unanswered goals. Schmela made it 3-2 midway through the second period. Down 4-2 headed into the final stanza, Freitas and Schmela scored back-to-back goals to even the contest 4-4. With 17 seconds left in the game, Aspen lost a crucial faceoff in their offensive zone, and Steamboat capitalized on a breakaway handing the Leafs a tough 5-4 loss. Aspen outshot the Stampede 35-29. In game three on Sunday, Freitas opened the scoring early, and Dioguardi followed up with his fifth league goal later in the first period. That was all the scoring the Leafs could muster, and for a third straight game they gave up a late third period goal suffering a tough 3-2 loss.
Aspen was on the road for a long four game stint against Steamboat and Craig. On Saturday, the Leafs faced off against the Steamboat Stampede at Howelson Arena for game one of a two-game series. Sienna Garaffa, Valen Bruice and Slater Theriot scored three unanswered goals in the first and second periods before Steamboat found the back of the net. With a 3-2 lead heading into the third period, Bruice netted his second of the game to extend the Aspen lead. However, a couple defensive mistakes late in the game allowed Steamboat to come back and tie the contest 4-4. In game two later Saturday evening, Bruice scored his third goal of the series just 10 seconds into the game off the opening faceoff. Although Aspen outshot the Stampede 15 to 11, they gave up three first period goals and one in second. Garaffa tallied here second goal of the series midway through the third, but the Leafs were unable to score any more in a tough 4-2 loss. The next morning, the team travelled to Craig for another pair of league games. With a difficult early morning matchup, Aspen started slow giving up four straight goals before Wyatt Shepherd got the Leafs on the scoreboard. Theriot followed up with his second goal this season, but is wasn’t enough as Aspen dropped its second straight game 6-2. Later in the morning, the Leafs skated to a hard fought 2-1 victory. Garaffa scored both goals in the first and second periods. With a minute left in the game goaltender Oscar Powell made a spectacular save finishing with 13 total, and Bruice blocked two shots with 30 seconds remaining to seal the win.
The Leafs House program hosted Glenwood Springs House players Saturday evening at the Ice Garden. Both teams worked hard on the ice and had a ton of fun competing. Although official scores are not recorded in House hockey, the Aspen players skated past Glenwood by a final score of 6-1. Thanks to all our coaches for making this a special night for our players!