If you ask Columbine head coach Chris Gassman, he’ll tell you that Matthew Meyer is a player with the kind of attitude that you want for your team. He’s also somebody who might play just a little too hard at times, but he doesn’t quit. He didn’t Feb. 1 against Aspen at the Edge Ice Arena.
The Columbine senior scored the game-tying goal with 3 minutes, 25 seconds left in regulation and then won the game with 5.5 seconds remaining in overtime as the Rebels scored a crucial 3-2 victory over the visiting Skiers.
On the game-winning goal, Meyer said that he saw the puck coming out of the corner and buried it past Aspen goaltender Andy Vernier for Columbine’s only lead of the night.
“All we were trying do was get the puck to the net. No pretty goals, just get them in,” Meyer said.
Logan Seibold’s power-play goal with 7:15 left in the first period tied the game at one. Arthur Kelso and Henry Godfrey scored goals for Aspen (4-8-2, five points Foothills Conference).
Columbine (9-5-1) had lost three of its previous four and another defeat would’ve been detrimental to its postseason hopes, Meyer said.
“We knew that we had to win this. We knew that we didn’t do (well) in the first and second (periods). We had to step it up in the third,” Meyer said.
The playoffs aren’t clinched just yet as the Rebels, with 12 points in league play, hold a tenuous three-point lead over Resurrection Christian and a four-point cushion over Standley Lake and Chatfield for seventh place in the Foothills Conference with four games to go. Only the top eight teams make the postseason. But a loss would’ve been a crushing blow for Columbine, which is searching for its first playoff appearance.
“I think not only in the standings it would’ve been terrible, but it would’ve been also for the morale of the kids alone,” Gassman said.
Luckily for the Rebels, there was Meyer, who never quit even when time wasn’t on Columbine’s side.
Columbine goaltender Ashton Opperman finished with 34 saves. Jacob Seibold finished with three assists.
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