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Grizzlies secure playoff berths at every level

Members of the Glenwood Grizzlies Squirt C Black team celebrate following a win at home this past weekend. (PROVIDED)

The Glenwood Grizzlies PeeWee 12U hockey team hosted first-place Steamboat Springs this past Saturday for its final two league games of the season with the top spot on the line. The Grizzlies dominated Steamboat to the tune of a 4-0 shutout in the first game of the day before topping Steamboat in game two 6-2 to finish the regular season with a 16-2 record, good for 32 team points, clinching first place in the league standings.

In game one against Steamboat, Ross Barlow scored just 26 seconds into the game to give the Grizzlies an early lead. Following up Barlow, Kade Winger scored less than two minutes later for a 2-0 lead two minutes into the game.

With just over three minutes remaining in the period, Barlow took advantage of a Steamboat penalty to score his second goal, increasing the lead to 3-0.

Things did not get any better for Steamboat when Jett Weatherred saw his pass deflected by a Steamboat defenseman, only to find its way in the back of the net for a goal to increase the score to 4-0.

For the next two periods the Glenwood defense shut down Steamboat and deprived them of any scoring opportunities to secure the 4-0 win.

The action continued a couple of hours later with Steamboat ready to avenge its first shutout loss.

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Steamboat started the scoring by taking the opening faceoff win for a breakaway goal only 16 seconds into the game, but Steamboat's lead didn't last long as Weatherred scored his second goal of the day for a 1-1 tie.

Avner Mangeot gave the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead with a fantastic display of puck handling in front of the Steamboat goalie as the defense could do nothing but watch as Mangeot deftly flipped the puck past the Steamboat goalie.

Down just 2-1 at the start of the second period, Steamboat was determined to fight back, but Barlow had other plans as he played through lots of contact to score his third goal of the day over two games, giving Glenwood a 3-1 lead after two periods of play.

Steamboat started the scoring in the third to pull to within 3-2, but their celebration was short-lived as Barlow took the faceoff all the way in to score his second goal of the game (fourth of the day) only nine seconds later. That was the last of the scoring for Steamboat while Winger and Mangeot added one goal each for a 6-2 final score, giving the Grizzlies the win and sole possession of first place to close the season.

"I am proud of the attitude and effort from our team this weekend," Glenwood PeeWee Head Coach Jeremy Joslin said. "Our players showed up focused [and] ready to play. At the beginning of the season my coaches and I challenged the team to finish first in the league, and with these two wins we accomplished that. The boys should be extremely proud of how hard they have worked this entire year to reach this goal."

The Grizzly PeeWee team is on the road next weekend at the All-American tournament in Littleton, followed by the CAHA Cup in March.

Outside of the PeeWee team, the Glenwood Grizzlies hockey program across seven levels of competition went a combined 17-3-0 this past weekend, highlighted by the Bantam A, Squirt B and Squirt C teams picking up a combined 10 wins and just one loss in weekend action.

The Grizzlies Bantam A 14U team went 3-0-0 this past weekend, topping the West Elk Wolverines 3-0, 5-0 and 6-1 to finish the regular season a perfect 18-0-0 in league play. This marks the first time in the team's history that they have had an undefeated and untied season in Bantam A play.

Against West Elk in game one, Kobe Ottosen and Braden Carmichael scored first period goals for the Grizzlies before Colter Strautman capped off the 3-0 win with an even-strength goal off of an assist from Sean Mooney as Daelen Renzi stopped all nine shots he faced in net.

In game two, Ottosen, Carmichael and Strautman netted goals for the Grizzlies, while Luke Grimaldi and Tyson Trujillo also joined the scoring sheet for the Grizzlies in the 5-0 win, setting up the game three showdown between the Grizzlies and the Wolverines.

In the final game of the regular season, Glenwood again rolled to victory, winning by a score of 6-1 as Carmichael scored two goals, and Jacob Fowler, Max Mencimer, Hunter Lohse and Grimaldi added one goal each to pace the Grizzlies' offensive outburst.

The Glenwood Bantam A team heads to Las Vegas over Presidents Day weekend to compete in the Las Vegas Presidents Day Tournament before returning home to compete in the CDYHL playoffs in Glenwood Springs from Feb. 24-26.

For the Squirt B team, the Grizzlies also went 3-0-0 over the weekend at the Glenwood Rec Center, topping Summit in three games by scores of 2-0, 2-1 and 4-1, clinching a spot in the CDYHL playoffs Feb. 24-26 in Eagle while also securing a third-place finish in league play on the year.

Against Summit, Ian Cole and Beck Weatherred scored goals in the first game for the 2-1 win, while Cole and Sam Rosenberg scored one goal each in the second game for the 2-0 win.

Wrapping up competition for Glenwood against Summit, Brayden Dacuma scored two goals, while Fisher Jacober and Beck Weatherred scored one goal each to lead to the sweep of Summit.

Marek Senn stopped 16 of 17 shots in the game three win for the Grizzlies.

In Squirt C action, the Grizzlies played an astounding five games this past weekend and went 4-1-0 in league action, sweeping Vail and Aspen before splitting with the Glenwood Squirt C Purple team Sunday and Wednesday morning.

Against Vail, Glenwood would win by scores of 3-2 and 7-2, before then rolling to 10-3 and 6-1 wins over Aspen.

By splitting with the Glenwood Squirt C Purple team, the Squirt C Black team clinched a spot in the Feb. 24-26 CDYHL playoffs in Eagle.

Wrapping things up with the rest of the Grizzly hockey program, the Midget Major A team swept Telluride, locking them into the top seed going into the CDCC playoffs in Denver (Westminster) from Feb. 24-26.

Before the start of the league playoffs, the Midget Major A team will head to Las Vegas over Presidents Day weekend to compete in the Las Vegas Presidents Day Tournament, before competing in the CAHA Cup State Tournament in Denver (Arvada) from March 10-12.

By wrapping up the 2016-17 season, all teams eligible for the league playoffs in the Grizzly program qualified for the postseason, finishing off a terrific regular season for the growing hockey program here in the valley.

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