Grizzlies drop two against Steamboat
With its first season in a more competitive division, the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Grizzly Pee Wee A hockey team showed its teeth and snarled at Steamboat last weekend.
In the first of two games, the action started with a quick breakaway by the Grizzlies’ Gavin Olson.
Steamboat came to its senses, but was quickly introduced to the Grizzly defense when Zach Mencimer and goalie Josh Cook stopped their opponent cold.
Between a perfectly placed shot by Andrew Kollar and a hard knock from Cole Shavalier, the opposing team managed to sneak in a point.
It was quickly answered with a goal from Glenwood’s John Jensen, who was assisted by Joel Rothman and Kollar.
Tied at the start of the second period, Steamboat managed keep up the pressure, but Erich Albrecht deflected many shots. It wasn’t until halfway through the period that Steamboat was able to get another one in.
The third period opened with several nice stops by Cook.
Steamboat struck again with a drifting puck from a blocked shot, but the Grizzlies maintained pressure at both ends of the ice to finish the game with a 3-1 loss.
The following morning, the Grizzlies were quickly awakened by a Steamboat goal 20 seconds into the game. They fought back with multiple shots on goal and the score remained 1-0 at the end of the first period.
Several times during the game, Grizzly Sam Liotta, ushered the puck from one end of the ice to the other and dented the goalie’s glove.
Tension built up in the second period, putting players from both teams in the penalty box. Steamboat scored on a power play giving them a 2-0 lead.
At the start of the third period, Joel Rothman found a home for the puck with an assist from Jensen making the score, 2-1.
When Steamboat tried to pad its score during another power play, the Grizzly defense maneuvered into action, systematically blocking several attempts.
Matthew Heim, Travis Leahy and Albrecht, were instrumental in scaring off Steamboat, and Cook deflected everything that got past them.
However, with 3 minutes, 45 seconds left in the game, Steamboat scored another shorthanded goal and then added two more to finish the game, 5-1.
Expecting a difficult season, the Grizzly Pee Wee A team has already left a big paw print in its division. Its next game is at home on Jan. 7 at 1:45 p.m.
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