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Glenwood Grizzly Midget Majors rally late to tie 1st-place Pueblo

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Todd Patrick Photography contributed photo
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The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Midget Major A hockey team hosted the first-place Pueblo Panthers Saturday and Sunday, emerging from the weekend with a 3-all tie and an 8-1 defeat.

In the past four games, the Grizzlies have three wins and one tie. The high-scoring Panthers seemed a little puzzled when they could not score against a solid Grizzly defense led by goaltender Michael Brunk, and the first period ended, as it had begun – in a scoreless tie.

It was in impressive start for the 10th-place Grizzlies, as they were missing three key U16 players and the Glenwood forwards also had to rotate in as defensemen.



It looked like the second period might end with the Grizzlies down 2-0, but Dan Abshire’s wrist shot beneath the cross bar cut the lead in half with the less than 30 seconds remaining in the period.

Trey Fox and Tony Bosco assisted on the goal.



Halfway through the third period, the Panthers increased the lead to 3-1.

Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, their already small bench was made even smaller when one of their players was ejected from the game.

Down 3-1, and with a short bench against a first-place team, it might have been an understandable time for a team to concede victory, but not this team.

The Grizzlies regrouped and attacked the stunned Panther defense. It paid off when Ryan Young’s slap shot deflected off a Pueblo player with less than two minutes to go in the game, to cut the lead to 3-2.

With little time remaining, the Grizzlies’ pressure paid off again as Young’s pass found teammate Tony Bosco in front of the Pueblo goalie to tie the game at 3 with less than one minute remaining.

Even shorthanded, the Grizzlies maintained the pressure with hopes of stealing a win, but the game ended as a draw.

The rematch on Sunday did not go so well for the Grizzlies.

In another very physical game that this time saw a Panther player ejected and more than 40 minutes in penalties for the Panthers, the Grizzlies lost 8-1 with Tanner Wood’s goal, at the end of the second period, keeping the Grizzlies from being shut out.

Next up for the Grizzlies is Arvada at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday night and Littleton on Sunday morning. Both games are at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink and are open to the public.

Glenwood Grizzly Hockey Mite teams (U8) joined teams from Breckenridge, Grand Junction and Aspen at the Aspen Junior Hockey Mite Jamboree on Sunday.

With one of the largest Mite hockey programs on the Western Slope, Glenwood entered a full ice team as well as two half-ice teams in events held at both the Aspen Ice Garden and the Lewis Ice Arena.

The Grizzly Mite teams were comprised of more than 30 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds from Glenwood Springs and the surrounding areas.

The Mite hockey program is designed to stress participation, fun, and skill development and, by all accounts, that was achieved and exceeded.

“It was a thrill to watch all the young players participate on Sunday,” Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association President Peter Tibbetts shared. “Coach [Adam] McPherson and his staff of volunteer coaches have done a tremendous job of promoting teamwork, sportsmanship and skill development. The commitment and support of the parents was quite apparent and very refreshing. The Grizzly Mites represent the future of hockey in Glenwood Springs and the future is exciting!”

Next up for the Grizzly Mites is a home game against Summit County on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 3:15 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink. The Grizzly Mites are also preparing to represent Glenwood Springs on their annual trip to Denver to skate at the Pepsi Center, during the intermissions of the Colorado Avalanche game on Feb. 2.

Interested players for the 2010-2011 hockey season are encouraged to visit http://www.grizzlyhockey.org for more information.

The Glenwood Grizzly Squirt C hockey team (U10) won its first league game of the year against Steamboat, 4-1, in a 1:45 p.m. home game in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Glenwood Ice Rink back on Jan. 9.

The Grizzlies led 2-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second period for a 4-1 final score.

The Grizzlies lost the rematch at 3:15 p.m. The Grizzlies were down 3-0 after second period but fought hard, and played with heart in outshooting their opponent in the third. They closed the gap to 3-1 before the final horn sounded.

The Glenwood Grizzly Squirt B hockey team traveled to Grand Junction for games against Grand Valley early the next morning (7 and 8:30 a.m.). The Grizzlies lost the early opener, 7-2, but skated hard and began to realize they could hang with the opposition. The Grizzlies came out hard in the second game of the doubleheader and fought to a 5-5 tie.

With the growth of hockey in Glenwood Springs, this is the first year the hockey association has fielded two teams in one age group and this is the most success most of these players have had in game situations. This was the first league game Squirt victory in more than two years. It was the first tie for the B team this season.

The Glenwood Grizzly Bantam B hockey team (U14) had enjoyed quite the weekend on the Front Range back on Jan. 9-10.

After a tough loss to the Junior Eagles in Lakewood on Saturday afternoon, the Grizzlies played hard against Mountain States Renegades of Greeley on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The Grizzlies won, 2-1, in the evening game and 3-1 in the morning for the first wins for the 10-player Bantam squad.


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