Leafs Six Pack Has Aspen Back In The Hunt

Three games in three days. This was the task facing the defending RMJHL champion Aspen Leafs. The weekend set also wrapped an eight-game road trip which saw the club slip to third place in the standings. After three wins and six points Aspen is back in second place with a eight-game homestand to close the regular season.

Opening their weekend at Old Foothills Ice Rink the Leafs needed a comeback to get past the Colorado Thunder, who took a 4-0 lead early in the second period. Shots on goal were not hard to comeby in this one though (Aspen outshot Colorado 70-48) as Garrett McNichol got the Leafs on the board at 1:10 of the second.

Aspen would go on to score five goals, two by Viacheslev Goev, in the third period winning 6-4. Playing in his first game with the Leafs goaltender Jimmy Grosklaus made 44 saves helping the Leafs snap a two-game losing streak. A Rampart, Colorado native, Grosklaus came to the Leafs after playing with the Tri-City Outlaws most of this season.

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Tommy Bowe

Saturday night ended with a 10-4 victory and featured eight different Aspen goal scorers and a shot advantage of 60-33. Tommy Bowe led all scorers with two goals and two assists. Connor MooreBrett HawkinsBen Hunsperger and Cory Kane each added three points.

Trever Haertl scored a hat trick for the Thunderbirds including the opening two goals of the game. Despite the losses the Thunderbirds (7-21-0-1) remain tied with Colorado Rampage (6-20-0-3) for the fourth and final playoff spot with 15 points.

Aspen would wrap their weekend with a matinee game in Monument against the Rampage winning 5-0. Hawkins scored twice while Bowe, Moore and Jesus Barrera-Garcia each netted a goal. Grosklaus stopped all 16 shots on net to earn the shutout.

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