Grizzlies beat and tie Steamboat
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Bantam B hockey team started its new year with a pair of Saturday games against Steamboat Springs.
The Grizzlies left Steamboat with a 5-3 win in its first Saturday contest and with a 4-all tie in the nightcap.
The three-week break between games did not slow Glenwood’s Cole Guy, who started the game with an early first-period goal on a shot from Chaz Apostolik.
Glenwood continued to control the puck and rack up scoring chances as the period wore on.
Roger Gauthier performed his signature move by stopping behind the Steamboat net and then reversing direction to send an on-target pass to Tias Dacuma, who was waiting in the slot. Dacuma’s shot found its way through a cluster of players and over the Steamboat goaltender’s left shoulder for a near-goal.
Guy scored on a power play early in the second and then defenseman Sam Carmer brought the puck down deep into the Steamboat zone and passed the puck to Guy for another goal to make it 3-1 in the Grizzlies’ favor.
Glenwood kept the heat on in the third period when a pass from Devin Romero to Apostolik produced another goal.
The Grizzlies had to fight off a last-ditch effort from Steamboat late, but managed to tack on one more goal down the stretch when Apostolik scored for a third time on an assist from Steele Featherstone to round out the final count.
Glenwood goaltender Jake Fegan stopped 13 of the 16 shots he faced.
“I was happy to see every player make a big contribution to the team win,” Grizzlies coach Tim Howard said.
With Steamboat changing up its lines, the second game of the day was a little more challenging for the Grizzlies.
Early on, it looked as if Glenwood would have the first goal when Ian Rothman intercepted a pass at center ice. With the crowd on its feet cheering, Rothman’s breakaway shot was stopped.
Featherstone tied the game in the second period when he poked a rebound into the net from Guy.
Featherstone found Gauthier in a big scrum in front of the goal to tie the game at 2.
Apostolik’s unassisted goal ended the second period to give the Grizzlies a 3-2 lead and Carmer scored a much-needed point in the third period with an assist from Guy.
Jake Mitchell’s eight interceptions and timely checking helped to give the Grizzlies 42 shots-on-goal.
During the final two minutes of the game, Glenwood got caught on its heels and surrendered two Steamboat goals to tie the game at 4.
Fegan stopped 18 of the 22 shots he faced.
Next for the Grizzlies is a three-day tournament in Littleton this weekend.
Glenwood’s Squirt B team played three games against Pueblo over the weekend.
Pueblo struck for three victories, winning by scores of 6-4, 4-2 and 6-1.
In a close and exciting opener, Ryan Kotz scored the first unassisted goal for the Grizzlies only to have Pueblo retaliate with two goals to take a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Glenwood players Gavin Olson and Kotz scored more unassisted goals, with Pueblo coming right back at the Grizzlies with two goals to put Pueblo ahead, 4-3.
The third period consisted of two more goals from Pueblo and an unassisted strike from Glenwood’s Jacob Barsness. Grizzlies goaltender Josh Cook finished with 31 saves.
In the second game of the series, Pueblo scored the only goal in the first period to make it 1-0.
The Grizzlies came back in the second period with two Kotz goals. Both assists came from teammate Sean Mooney. Pueblo struck for two more goals in the second and one in the third to finish off the win.
Keenan Winger scored Glenwood’s sole goal in a loss in the third game. Mathew Thrun assists. Pueblo scored four of its six goals in the second.
Next up for the Grizzlies is a home date with Aspen on Jan. 22.
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