Glenwood Grizzly Squirt Bs finish third in tournament
The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Squirt B hockey team finished third out of eight teams in the recent Big Bear Presidents Day Tournament in Aurora.
The Grizzly coaches mixed things up quite a bit throughout the six games. Players were switched from offense to defense, and vice versa. The goaltenders were incorporated in and out of the net.
The result was three shutouts, four hat tricks, 20 penalty minutes and 25 goals.
The Grizzlies played in a round robin that began on Saturday morning with a 3-2 loss to the eventual second-place finisher, the New Mexico Scorpions.
Ryan Kotz scored an unassisted goal on a rebound shot. Matthew Thrun followed with a goal that was assisted by Keenan Winger.
Lucca Trapani manned the net for the Grizzlies, limiting the damage done by the Scorpions.
Later in the day, the Grizzlies faced a second New Mexico team and scored a 10-3 win.
Kotz scored four goals and Gavin Olson chipped in with a hat trick (three goals). Hunter Howe, Robby Fitzgerald, Logan Radtke and Thrun assisted.
Trace Apostolik and Erich Albrecht brought in two more goals, with an assist from Devlin Powell to Trapani.
Josh Cook was in net for the high-scoring Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies’ third tourney game began Sunday afternoon against Monument with a first-period goal by Olson, followed in the second period by a goal from Albrecht (Kotz assisted).
By the end of the third period, Albrecht had a hat trick. Powell, Radtke, Jacob Barsness and Travis Leahy assisted. Toward the end of the third, Radtke buried a pass from Kotz.
Cook stopped all seven shots on goal while Glenwood peppered Monument with 35 shots on net as the Grizzlies scored a 5-0 win.
Later Sunday, Glenwood battled the eventual tourney champions, the Grand Valley Junior Mavericks.
After a back-and-forth battle, the Junior Mavericks squeaked out a 4-2 win.
Howe netted an unassisted goal for the Grizzlies in the first period. Fitzgerald added a later goal with an assist from Cook.
Trapani stopped 14 of the 18 shots he faced. Glenwood, meanwhile, put 32 shots on goal.
The Grizzlies face the U10 Select girls squad on Monday, scoring a 5-0 win.
Fitzgerald scored a hat trick, with assists from Howe in the first and second periods.
Trapani added a goal off a pass from Radtke, and Powell netted the fifth and final goal with an assist from Olson.
Cook stopped all three shots on goal.
On Monday afternoon, Glenwood secured its third-place finish in pool play and went on to win its sixth and final game for third overall.
The Grizzlies defeated the Monument Rampage, 1-0, to polish off their bronze finish.
Trace Apostolik netted Glenwood’s lone goal. Trapani had a shutout.
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