Season comes to a close for Panthers

End with 7-7 record
Crested Butte’s U12 girls’ team missed the MSGHL state playoffs by just one point. The girls gave it an impressive run this year battling against urban and indoor rink teams. The highlight game of the year had to be a Crested Butte 1-0 victory against defending state champs Aspen at their home rink. The U12 girls’ team played all of the four playoff teams strong this year.



Last weekend the girls played Gunnison to two victories, 2-1 and 1-0, with Monica Olesen recording her fourth shutout of the season. Ali McGuire finished third in league scoring with 15 points. Arvada took the Panther squad out of the playoff race with two wins 3-0 and 3-0. The U12 team finished the season with a 7-7 record.
Coach GJ Santelli said, “Look for the up and coming Arvada team in the state playoffs to contend. They pool their players from the Denver metro area, have tryouts and skate indoors. It is hard for our program to get to that level of play. But our coaches are very proud at how hard our girls competed this year.”
The Crested Butte U14 team played Gunnison last Wednesday very hard but came up on the short end 1-2. Jessie D’Aquila made her return to the team for Crested Butte’s lone tally on the score sheet.
Both teams had a rematch on Wednesday, February 18 in Gunnison. Crested Butte will now travel to Eagle for a playoff deciding series versus Vail. Coach Tony Lambert will practice the girls during the school break to keep sharp for the Vail series.

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