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Chase named All-Colorado

This line could do some damage.The Rocky Mountain News came out with its All-Colorado Hockey Team Thursday and you1d be hard-pressed to find a coach who wouldn1t like to send out All-Colorado1s first line of Steve Cook (Kent Denver), Wiley Dornseif (Machebeuf) and Battle Mountain1s Jason Chase.Cook, who was also named player of the year, and Dornseif, the league1s leading scorer, have a lot in common. They1re both seniors and they1re huge.Chase? He1s a sophomore and 120 pounds, a fact that couldn1t make his coach more proud.3Look at the two other forwards who made it. Steve Cook and Wiley Dornseif, they1re both men, Ken Bielski said. 3I wouldn1t want to cover either one of those guys. Of course, I really wouldn1t want to chase Jason around either.Chasing Chase was a problem for most of the state all season. Chase tied for his team1s regular-season lead in points with 16 goals and 14 assists. Skating on a line with Michael Medina and Nathan Simon, Chase spread havoc on the league with not only his skating skills, but his physical play. One of his most memorable hits came against Kent Denver when Chase took a run at Cook.3Everybody knows about him now, Bielski said. 3One of of my favorite quotes of the year was what (Machebeuf assistant) Doug Schmail said. He told Jason to his face, OKid, get used to getting pounded. You1re small, you1re awesome. You can make it all the way.1Chase isn1t the only one of the Battle Mountain squad who has a promising future. Three other Huskies<Austin Chow, P.J. Bevan and Cooper Lee<were named All-Colorado honorable mention.Chow is one of only two freshmen on the team along with Cheyenne Mountain goalie Ryan Douglas. Chow matched Chase in points (13-17-30) and added five more goals in the postseason.3Austin Chow just has far more physical talent than all of the three others, Bielski said referring to the Huskies1 All-Colorado contingent. 3He1s not going to be small. He1s not going to be weak. He1s not going to be slow. He1s going to be a great player.Bevan represents the Huskies much-vaunted defensive corps. The captain, despite carrying a shoulder injury for most of the season, was a force with seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points. CHSAA doesn1t keep plus-minus, but given the way Bielski played Bevan in critical situations, it1s safe that it would be a big number.3His panic button goes on a lot later than most kids his age, Bielski said. 3When he1s about to get crushed, he1s still hanging on. As far as a hockey player goes, it1s an unteachable fear factor.A pleasant surprise to the All-Colorado team is Lee. He had one of the top save percentages (92.06) in the state among regulars.3I1m personally very glad about it, Bielski said. 3When you talk about earning something like this, you1re talking about work ethic. And Cooper1s work ethic is definitely something.As with all postseason honors, there are perceived snubs. One person Bielski really would have like to see receive some hardware was forward Keith Denton (8-10-18).3Realistically, all-star appearances are great. They1re not nearly as important as someone being interested in you at a higher level, Bielski said. 3Being named is a great feather in your cap, great things for your resume, but what1s more important for kids at this age is being completely recognized by several coaches at a higher level.Rounding out the first team were blueliners Kevin Connors (Cheyenne Mountain) and Matt Young (Aspen). Not surprisingly, the goaltender is Air Academy1s Wes Purslow.

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