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A win, a loss and a draw for the Bantam Grizzlies

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Bantam B hockey team had a busy weekend, with two home games the second-place Summit Lightning on Saturday and a road trip to Eagle on Sunday for a game.

The first game proved to be an even match, with the Grizzlies controlling the puck for the majority of the time.

Glenwood fought to a 2-all tie and 2-0 win in its Saturday meetings with Summit.

Summit didn’t waste any time taking the Grizzly defense by surprise in the first game, scoring the first goal right away in the first period. The Grizzlies answered back with an unassisted bullet of a shot from Sam Carmer to start the second period.

Toward the end of the second, Chaz Apostolik shot the puck from the open ice while Jake Mitchell positioned himself in front of Summit’s goaltender and forced the puck into the net to tie things up at 2.

This was the second tie for the Grizzlies and they were hungry for a win. The locker room was tense and the players were determined.

In the second game against Summit, Carmer started the scoring in the second period with an assist from Roger Gauthier. Then, minutes later, a second assist from Gauthier yielded a goal by Apostolik to put Glenwood up, 2-0.

Jake Fegan stood solid in goal in both games, facing 36 shots in the first game and another 25 in the second game. The win was Fegan’s second shutout of the season.

“These two games were a solid performance from the entire team,” Grizzlies coach Tim Howard said. “Both offense and defense played extremely well. We were consistent and aggressive at all the right times and Summit could not find a way to stop us.”

The Grizzlies traveled to Eagle on Sunday morning for the third game of the weekend.

Cole Guy scored a goal on a setup pass from Mitchell for a much-needed goal to get the Grizzlies back into the game after falling behind, 2-0.

It was not enough, though, as Glenwood lost by a final score of 3-1.

“Let’s chalk this one up to one of our bad games and move on to Steamboat,” a disappointed Howard said. “We have plenty of practice time to get our groove back.”

Next up for the Bantam team is set of two road games against Steamboat Springs at Howelson Ice Arena on Jan. 9.

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