Bantam Grizzlies score shutout win vs. Vail/Eagle
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Knowing its fate rested on a Wednesday playoff bid game against Summit, the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Bantam team played its last regular season game against Vail/Eagle on Saturday. And the Grizzlies didn’t get caught looking ahead to the Summit showdown, scoring a 5-0 win.
Glenwood wasted no time getting on the board, with Jake Mitchell scoring a goal in the first two minutes of the game. Glenwood controlled the puck in the first period, but was not able to add to its lead.
The second period started out slow. Grizzlies goaltender Jake Fegan kept the lead by turning away all the pucks that came his way.
Sam Carmer started the scoring stampede for Glenwood halfway into the second period, skating end to end and sending a shot past the Vail/Eagle goaltender.
Twenty-two seconds later, Cole Guy scored on a loose puck in front of the net.
Mitchell was not done. He wanted more and fought hard to gain control of the puck. He got off quick shot and the Grizzlies extended their lead to 4-0.
Chaz Apostolik added to the lead with 53 seconds left in the second period with the fifth and final goal of the game.
It looked as if the Eagle/Vail team was going to make a comeback in the third period. Eleven unanswered shots were turned away by Fegan, with a strong defensive stand by Tias Dacuma.
Glenwood’s Ian Rothman and Devin Romero saw their opportunity to change the flow of the game and began hard-checking to give Roger Gauthier time and space to perform his magic.
Fegan stopped all 19 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the season.
Said Grizzlies coach Tim Howard: “We are at the top of our game right now. On Wednesday, it will come down to which team is going to play hard for three periods.”
Today’s game against Summit will be for a playoff berth. The game will be held at Dobson Arena in Vail and will begin at 6:45 p.m. The winner advances to the playoffs in Steamboat Springs this weekend.
“This is the biggest game of the season and we would love your support,” Howard said. “Thank you to all the families and friends who have supported GSYHA this year, especially those who have been with the Bantam team.”
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