Double dose of redemption for Glenwood Grizzlies Hockey team
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Back-to-back games and two-man disadvantages proved to be nothing for the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association Midget Major A team, as it beat a pair of teams on Saturday. The Grizzlies defeated the University of Denver (DU) youth hockey team, 5-3, and Boulder by a count of 8-2.
The action began at the Eagle ice rink at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. There, the Grizzlies hosted DU in search of revenge after a 7-0 loss to the visitors earlier in the season.
It looked like it might be more of the same when DU scored first just over a minute into the first period. But Grizzly Trey Fox responded on a pass from Dan Abshire to even the score.
It was all Grizzlies in the second period, as Jake McPherson found himself in the right place at the right time for a wrist shot that gave the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead. Fox and Abshire combined again moments later, this time with Fox returning the favor and setting Abshire up for a shorthanded goal and a 3-1 Glenwood lead.
DU cut the lead to 3-2 when it scored just over a minute later.
Some late-period penalties created a two-man disadvantage for the Grizzlies. Rather than fold under the constant DU pressure, the Grizzlies attacked when DU mishandled the puck and Fox took off for his second goal of the morning, despite the two-man disadvantage. The period ended with the Grizzlies in control with a 4-2 lead.
Fox completed his hat trick about nine minutes into the third period, with assists by Levi Fetterhoff and Cam Avery.
DU scored the final goal of the game with less than three minutes remaining to round out the final score.
The Grizzlies did not have much time to relish in the day’s first win, as they had to quickly change, eat, and return to Glenwood for a 3 p.m. rematch against Boulder. Boulder had beaten the Grizzlies earlier in the season, 3-2, on a last-second goal.
Abshire and Fox started things off for the Grizzlies again when Abshire scored on a pass set up by Fox and Jake Bair.
Boulder was not able to respond and the first period ended with the Grizzlies ahead, 1-0.
The Grizzlies started the second period shorthanded, but it did not matter, as Ryan Young’s goal on a great second – and third – effort put the Grizzlies ahead, 2-0.
Young continued his scoring less than four minutes later with a wrist shot under the crossbar for a power-play goal and 3-0 Grizzly lead.
Defenseman Grant Wood set up Fox and Abshire for Abshire’s second goal, and a 4-0 Grizzly lead.
Wood, Fox and Abshire combined again only seconds later for Fox’s first goal of the game, and a commanding 5-0 lead.
Boulder was finally able to get on the board with less than two minutes to go in the second period.
Fox and Abshire quickly responded with Fox’s second goal – this time, shorthanded. Boulder closed out the period with a final goal to end the period 6-2 in favor of the Grizzlies.
The stingy play of Grizzly goaltender Michael Brunk held Boulder scoreless in the third period, while the Grizzlies continued to score.
Fox completed his second hat trick of the day with an unassisted shorthanded goal.
With less than five minutes remaining, Abshire was hoping to complete a hat trick of his own on pass from Fetterhoff, but was shut down. Teammate Tanner Wood was in position to push the puck past the goaltender, though, for his first goal of the season and the Grizzlies’ final goal of the game.
The Grizzlies improved to 6-6 with 14 league games remaining.
Glenwood next plays in Denver on Jan. 10 at Denver Country Club. More information is available at http://www.grizzlyhockey.org.
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