Mountaineers double up Littleton Hawks off Jansen’s hat trick.
Nobody threw hats on the ice Friday night at Dobson Arena after Vail’s Ryan Jansen scored his third goal of the night against the Littleton Hawks in a 4-2 win for PeeWee A Vail Mountaineers in the Vail Sportsmanship Tournament.
With pizza waiting after the game, there wasn’t any time to spare for celebration.
The Mountaineers took an early1-0 lead with 2:22 remaining in the first period when Jansen scored off an assist from Chad Bannor. The Hawks answered right back, though, with 1:28 remaining when Littleton’s David Komatz scored unassisted to knot the game at 1-1 heading into the second period.
In the second period, the Mountaineers broke the game open when Jansen and Connor Tedstrom both scored unassisted goals. The Hawks got within one point in the third, when Littleton’s Jimmy Ellis got the puck past Vail’s Kalen Burnett with 11:49 remaining, but it was too little too late.
Jansen added an insurance goal at the end of the period to seal the game, and notch the hatless hat trick.
In their first game of the day the Mountaineers shut out the Boulder Bison 3-0. Vail’s Becker Colton opened up the scoring in the second period with a goal off an assist from Danny Pylman. Corey Seeman and Hunter Schleper both added goals for the Mountaineers in the third period and goalie Kalen Burnett got the shutout with 10 saves.
The Pee Wee A Mountaineers are now 2-1 in tournament play.
Bantam B action
The Bantam B Mountaineers fell 5-1 to the Foothills Flyers in early action Friday afternoon.
Vail’s Charlie Tedstrom scored the lone goal for the Mountaineers with 1:09 remaining in the second period to cut the Flyers’ lead to 3-1.
The Flyers came out flying though in the third period, and notched two more goals to finish off the win.
The Mountaineers play again today at 8:05 a.m. against the Santa Fe Northern Alliance.
Against the Summit Lightning on Thursday night, the PeeWee B Red Vail Mountaineers were blanked by the Summit Lightning, 6-0. Summits’s Kyle Johnson and Shamus Oneill each had two goals apiece. Vail goalie Cam Brown finished with 31 saves.
The PeeWee B Red Mountaineers played the Denver Country Club on Friday night but scores were not available at press time.
Nate Peterson is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 608 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.