PeeWee A Mountaineers earn rematch with Aspen |

PeeWee A Mountaineers earn rematch with Aspen

Vail Daily/Coreen SappVail's Sam Sterling drives the puck down the ice Saturday during a Bantam B game against the Colorado Blast at Dobson Ice Arena. Sterling scored the team's only goal of the game on the play.

The PeeWee A Vail Mountaineers are finishing right where they started today.

The Mountaineers downed the Littleton Hawks 4-2 Saturday in the Sportsmanship Tournament to earn a Championship game rematch with Aspen today at 1:45 p.m. at Dobson Arena.

Aspen dealt Vail its only loss of the tournament last Sunday, in a 6-3 opening-game win.

The win over the Hawks was the second in a row for Vail against Littleton in consecutive days; both wins ended in 4-2 scores.

In Saturday’s game, Vail’s Ryan Jansen picked up right where he left off from Friday night, scoring the Mountaineers last two goals in the second period to put Vail up, 4-1.

Jansen notched a hat trick in Friday night’s game against Littleton.

Vail’s Chad Bannor tied the score at 1-1 with 11 minutes remaining in the first period off an assist from Jacob Robertson, following an early Littleton goal. Connor Tedstrom cranked in an unassisted goal a minute-and-a-half later to put the Mountaineers up by one.

After that, Jansen and the Mountaineers never looked back.

The Hawks got a last minute goal in the second period following Jansen’s two goals, but then couldn’t seem to get any offense going in the third period, notching only one shot attempt on Vail goalie Connor Lantz.

Bantam B action

The Bantam B Mountaineers lost a hard-fought 2-1 game to the Colorado Blast on Saturday afternoon, falling to 1-2 in tournament play.

Vail’s Sam Sterling pulled the Mountaineers within one goal of knocking off the Blast in the second period when he took a Ryan Maddux assist and put it in the Aspen net.

The Blast clamped down on the Vail offense after that, though, only allowing two shots in the final period.

In their first game of the day, the Mountaineers unloaded on Steambot, 5-1.

The Mountaineers’ Ryan Maddux finished with a hat trick, knocking in the first Vail goal off an assist from Geoff Funk with 1:13 remaining in the second period.

The third period was a scoring barrage as the Mountaineers netted four goals, with two coming from Maddux and the other two from Mitch Gray and Ryan Hedrick.

Gray made the score 2-0 with his unassisted netter and, after Maddux knocked in his other two goals off of assists form Sam Sterling, Hedrick provided the insurance with 1:33 to go, jettisoning home a Todd Walker assist for a 5-1 lead.

Vail goalie Kris Caples finished the day with seven saves.

PeeWee B Red action

In its first game of the day, Vail was shut out by the Denver University Gold, 4-0.

The Gold opened up what was a tight 1-0 game after two periods, by scoring four goals in the third.

In late Friday night action, the Mountaineers fell to the Denver Country Club, 5-3.

Vail scored all three of its goals in the third period after DCC had jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

Spencer Fox scored two goals, one off an assist from Spencer Sterling, the other off a Miquel Rodriquez pass.

Sterling also scored a goal of his own with 1:59 remaining off another assist from Rodriquez.

Nate Peterson is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 608 or via

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