Bantam Grizzlies hang tough with Junior Eagles |

Bantam Grizzlies hang tough with Junior Eagles

contributed photoGlenwood Grizzly Bantam team members Chaz Apostolik, Tias Dacuma and Jake Fegan do their best to keep the Junior Eagles off the board over the weekend.

The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Bantam hockey team (U14) played its first games of the season against the 8-0 Junior Eagles last weekend.

The short-staffed Grizzlies, with only nine skaters and one goaltender, made their presence felt by hanging tight with their unbeaten foe in a 2-1 loss and a scoreless tie.

In Saturday’s game, Sam Carmer scored an unassisted goal by skating end to end and then stuffing the puck inside the net with a wrap-around goal.

Glenwood goaltender Jake Fegan stood tall in net, stopping 27 of 29 shots. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Junior Eagles hung on for the 2-1 win.

The game featured fast, aggressive hockey and the Grizzlies had three golden opportunities to score – a Chaz Apostolik shot that narrowly missed hitting the crossbar, Roger Gauthier’s fake move that sent the goaltender sliding out of position and a Cole Guy breakaway shot that slammed into the post.

Sunday’s game was a different story.

Both defenses stood strong in the scoreless tie, which ended the Junior Eagles’ nine-game winning streak.

Glenwood defensemen Tias Dacuma, Apostolik and Carmer took charge in pitching the shutout.

The shorthanded defense received help from Steele Featherstone, Ian Rothman, Jake Mitchell and the offense’s backchecking. Solid hits from Devin Romero, Carmer, Apostolik, Dacuma and Guy were among the game’s highlights.

Fegan denied 22 shots to pick up the shutout in net.

“I was excited to see my first-year players playing so well with the second-year players,” Glenwood coach Tim Howard said. “We have a strong team this year. I am looking forward to the matchup with the Summit team Saturday.”

The Summit games Howard referenced are scheduled for 8:45 and 11:30 a.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink.

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