Glenwood Springs Grizzlies 12U hockey wins Fall Face-off tourney

The Glenwood Springs Grizzlies 12U A team celebrates their Fall Faceoff tourney win in Aspen on Oct. 30.
Courtesy/TK Kwiatkowski

In a spectacular 2022 season debut, Glenwood Springs Grizzlies 12U A team were recently crowned champions of Aspen’s Fall Face-off.

“This was a great kickoff to our Grizzly hockey,” Grizzlies head coach TK Kwiatkowski said. “Both at the 12U A level along with our association as a whole.”

The round-robin tournament, which ran Oct. 28-30, was no easy feat for the Grizzlies. After nabbing dominant wins over Aspen (10-1), Summit (6-1) and Arapahoe (3-0) in the first three games, the Grizzlies suffered a 5-3 loss to Littleton.

That didn’t stop the Grizzlies from showcasing their determination to win the tournament via the championship game against Summit. According to the stats, Glenwood Springs found themselves trailing by two goals early in the first period against the Lightning.

The Glenwood Springs Grizzlies 12U A team huddles around coach TK Kwiatkowski during the Fall Faceoff tournament in Aspen.
Courtesy/TK Kwiatkowski

Kwiatkowski said his team responded by regaining some momentum and netting two unanswered goals in the first and second periods.

Grizzlies player Weston Jacober scored on an unassisted goal in the first period, while teammate Travis Beard scored on a feed by Nathan Fry.

“The second period got fairly chippy and both teams felt there were many missed calls both ways,” he said. “But our Grizzly players kept calm and composed, outshooting the Lightning by a 2-1 margin.”

Back in third period action the Grizzlies went on a tear. Tied 2-2, Fry scored at the 8:54 mark off a feed from teammate Carson Miketin. Four minutes later, Grizzly Oscar Murray scored unassisted. Grizzly Logan Chartier then pounded the nail in the coffin by scoring off a feed from Fry.

The Grizzlies won the championship game 5-2.

“It was great to get back on the bench for a weekend of coaching,” Kwiatkowski said.

  • Game 1: Grizzlies beat Aspen, 10-1
  • Game 2: Grizzlies beat Summit, 6-1
  • Game 3: Grizzlies beat Arapahoe, 3-0
  • Game 4: Grizzlies lose to Littleton, 5-3
  • Championship game: Grizzlies beat Summit, 5-2

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