Three games in three days. That is what the Aspen Leafs and Colorado Rampage went through over the weekend. By Sunday afternoon the Leafs were the fresher squad winning the series finale.
Rampage Win Opener
The three-game set began on Friday night at the Monument Ice Rinks with the host Colorado Rampage winning 6-2. Despite outshooting Colorado by a 46-23 margin Aspen could not solve goaltender Jeremy Hamerquist, who made 44 saves in the game. Sam Gilmore (2 goals, 1 assist) led all scorers with five different Rampage players scoring goals.
Aspen Take Two
Saturday night was more of the same for the Leafs, who again pounded 42 shots on net. Charlie Van Allen scored twice while teammates Brett Hawkins and Nathan Willoughby also found the net in the second period to take a 4-1 lead into the locker room.
A third period comeback by the Rampage was not quite enough as the Leafs held on for a 4-3 victory. Willie Chan (24 saves) earned the victory in net for Aspen.
The series finale took place on Sunday afternoon and the Leafs jumped on the Rampage early. Goals by Van Allen and Viacheslev Goev had Aspen leading 2-0 at the 6:05 mark of the opening period. Jarrett McDonald and Goev would make it 4-0 before the Rampage got on the board halfway into the game.
Just like Saturday Colorado Rampage would find themselves trailing 4-1 at second intermission. Jared Panick and Richard Kaye would score early in the third to cut the Aspen lead to 4-3, but no one would score in the final 15 minutes and the Leafs took the series.
— RMJHL (@RMJHLco) November 13, 2016