Pee Wee B’s second at state
The Vail-Eagle Mountaineers Pee Wee B hockey team took second place in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association State Championships last weekend at The Edge Ice Arena in Denver.
The Mountaineers lost a thet championship game, 4-3, in overtime, to the No. 1-seeded Hyland Hills Jaguars from Westminster.
Divide League Champ Vail-Eagle earned its way in to the championship game by beating the Rocky Mountain League champion Kremmling Cattle Kings, 3-1, in Saturday’s semifinal action.
The Mountaineers nursed a 1-0 lead into the third period on Jonnie Nolan’s unassisted score late in the first frame. After Kremmling fought back to tie the score midway through the third, Garrett Funk put Vail-Eagle in front to stay with a goal less than a minute later.
Two minutes after Funk’s tally, Bjorn Bredeson and Michael Wilhelm combined on a beautiful 2-on-1 break to put away the Cattle Kings. Goalie Carter Peel only allowed the one Kremmling score to record the win.
In Sunday’s final, Hyland jumped out in front early in the first period. The Mountaineers battled back and knotted the score at 1-1 less than a minute later on a goal by Wilhelm, assisted by Stefan Sortland.
Vail-Eagle took a 2-1 lead early in the second period as Bredeson and Wilhelm hooked up again. The Mountaineers took a two-goal lead early in the third period on a score by Sortland, assisted by Karl Norris and Nolan.
The tournament favorite Jaguars weren’t about to give in, however, out-shooting Vail-Eagle by a 27-24 margin and sending the game into the sudden-death extra frame with two goals late in the third period.
The teams battled on even terms throughout much of the overtime period, but a power play goal by the Jaguars with less than a minute remaining put an end to the hard-fought affair.
The Mountaineers, coached by Eric Lickteig and Lonnie Bredeson, finished a stellar season with a 23-7-4 record. In addition to taking the Divide League crown and second in the state, the team also added second-place finishes in the Boulder and Arvada holiday tournaments.
The other members of the Mountaineers championship team are forward Ben Hymes and defensemen Jesse Greve, Erik Sortland, Phil Middleton and Michael Viera.