Glenwood Grizzly Midgets close out the regular season with win
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
LITTLETON, Colorado – The Glenwood Grizzly midgets finished off their regular season play with a Feb. 24 win against the formidable Littleton Hawks (black) team.
The Grizzlies beat the Hawks 5-3 with spectacular play from sophomore Sam Carmer, who had the first hat trick of his midget career.
The Grizzlies started the weekend with a close 2-1 loss on Saturday against the other Littleton (red) team, which finished third in the league. Carmer also scored the only goal for the Grizzlies in that game.
Later that night, the Grizzlies played the No. 1 Arapahoe team and suffered their worst loss of the season. They lost the game 8-0 and were outshot 62-6 by the Warriors.
“We played a well-coached team from Arapahoe, who were able to exploit our weaknesses, but also allowed us to figure out what we needed to work on in order to win,” said Grizzlies head coach Tim Cota.
In Sunday morning’s win against Littleton, the Grizzlies’ playoff hopes hung in the balance and they needed to win the game to assure their spot in this year’s state playoffs.
The Grizzlies were down 2-0 at the end of the first period, then the momentum shifted and the Grizzlies started to come alive with Carmer scoring first, followed by another goal from Littleton, increasing their lead to 3-1. Then junior Tias Dacuma had a shot from the point, which brought the Grizzlies to within one goal.
“You could feel the momentum swing after Tias’ goal, which boosted our confidence,” said assistant coach Bryan Gonzales.
Almost immediately after Dacuma’s goal, Carmer scored again, tying up the game and then completed the hat trick two minutes later with a game-winning goal. Junior Jackson Wilson sealed the game for the Grizzlies with an empty-net goal in the last minute of play.
“It was nice to finish up the weekend with a win, while playing our game well,” added assistant coach Chuck Apostolik.
Glenwood heads to Breckenridge today for a make-up game against Regis, and then on to the state playoffs on March 8-10.
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