ASPEN, Colorado - Eagle Valley appeared to be in control Thursday. The Devils scored seven of eight goals during one stretch in the first and second halves and led Aspen, 9-6.
The Skiers, who were in danger of suffering their first league loss of the season, then turned on the offensive switch. Olivia Porcaro ended the drought, swooping in from the right side and unleashing a powerful shot, sparking an 8-0 run. Aspen (7-1) shut out Eagle Valley (2-6) for the rest of the game to pull out a 14-9 victory.
"They decided to do it," Aspen head coach Lauren Riddick said. "All credit to Eagle; they played with so much heart and so much hustle. Our team decided in the second half that we wanted it more. That was the difference."
Aspen began the game with promise, scoring five of the opening half's first seven goals. The Devils responded with four straight to take the lead before Shannon Turbidy evened the score in the waning minutes before the break. Eagle Valley parlayed that momentum into a fast start in the second half, as the Skiers struggled to defend Devils forward Cori Cramer.
"Aspen pretty much shut Haley (Hutton) down because she was the top scorer last time we played," Eagle Valley head coach Kim Andree said. "She was drawing three players, and when that happens, someone else is open."
Cramer scored four goals but could not keep up her offensive pressure as Aspen's Porcaro took over at the other end.
"Going from not playing our best to playing our best, there's a period of shifting gears," Riddick said. "They did have to work it out for themselves in the first 10 minutes of the second half and shift up to a higher gear. Thankfully, they did."