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Wranglers Advance with Game 3 Win

By Austin Colbert, Aspen Times, 03/20/17, 4:30PM MDT


Photo by Shannon Lukens

The Aspen Leafs U20 hockey team had its season come to an end Sunday, falling 5-2 to the visiting Steamboat Wranglers at the Aspen Ice Garden.

The game was the final of a three-game series, all played in Aspen. The Leafs won 3-1 on Friday in the first game, but lost 2-1 (in double overtime) Saturday to force Sunday's battle.

Aspen led 1-0 after a period Sunday with a goal from Garret McNichol. But Steamboat answered with three goals in the second period, something Aspen couldn't come back from. Connor Moore scored the second goal for Aspen.

With the win, Steamboat, in its first season, will play the Pikes Peak Miners for the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League championship.

Aspen defeated Pikes Peak in overtime last year to win the inaugural RMJHL championship.