Come out and join NYHA at a D.U. Pioneer game
March 8th at 7:00pm
D.U. Pioneers vs. Miami of Ohio
Only $24.00 per ticket.
Kids will have a pre-game locker room visit with D.U. Pioneer Players!
A portion of the proceeds goes directly back into our program. Help support NYHA!
Reserve your tix now. Call Rick Fortunato @ 720 988 3755
Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 09:11
On a day when the nation reflected about how far we've come in terms of creating equal opportunity for all (MLK Day), a rink full of mostly young boys and college women went head to head on the ice at the local frozen pond. The Colorado State University women's hockey team, which is ranked 9th in the nation, traveled to Nederland to scrimmage with the Nederland Youth Hockey Association's Bantam/Midget Team. The Nederland youth hockey players (age 12 -16) were a little apprehensive about hosting a nationally-ranked college team; a team that might just put these teenagers in their place. But once they got on the ice, the youth realized it was like playing with their big sisters and they really stepped up for the experience.
For the first time in what seemed like two months, the sun was shining and the wind laid low. It was a postcard perfect day to try to impress some older women. The CSU team arrived for their first outdoor rink practice and young pubescent eyes watched their impressive skating and shooting skills. Then at 10 am, a fun scrimmage began. Some Nederland parents who are also CSU graduates were a bit torn about which team to cheer for.
CSU came out strong in the First Period scoring three goals. The last goal snuck in with 10 seconds left on the clock. At one minute into the Second Period, Asa Popejoy, working the puck down the left side of the ice, split the CSU defense and scored Nederland's first goal with a backhand shot. The crowd went wild.
A few minutes later, Franny Churches, on a pass from Roman Stepanik, scored Nederland’s second goal with a twisted wrist shot to the top shelf. Then CSU scored an unassisted goal with 3:32 to go in the period. Nederland’s defensive players, especially 6th grader Ellie Brewer, held her ground and worked to control the puck despite such a large difference in size and age from the CSU Ram players. At the end of the second period, CSU led with a score of 4-2. Nederland's team was fired up to continue on.
Halfway through the Third Period, NYHA's Orion Smith scored unassisted. Then with just over five minutes left in the game, Franny Churches scored to tie things up. Orion Smith attempted to assist Elliot Oschner for a go-ahead goal but the shot "rang the bell", or hit the post and deflected outside. With 1 minute and 45 seconds left, CSU women scored the final goal and held on to win the scrimmage. When it was all over, goalie Bob Allen had dealt with nineteen shots on goal.
CSU's coach, Chris Burch, donated CSU hockey jackets, a Bauer hockey stick and gear bag for raffle ticket holders to enjoy after the game. All proceeds went to support the Nederland Youth Hockey Association. The CSU women’s team lined up to sign autographs for all the kids (and a few smiling dads).
What a great new tradition to continue: Introducing college women to outdoor, mountain pond hockey and presenting Nederland youth with impressive female athletic role models.
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