Grizzly Major team starts home season with success |

Grizzly Major team starts home season with success

Contributed photoGlenwood Grizzly goaltender Alex Parrish stops the puck during his team's game against Northern Colorado Youth Hockey.

In its first series of home games for the 2011-2012 season, the Glenwood Grizzly Major A squad fought to a 1-all tie in a hard-hitting battle against the Junior Eagles from the Northern Colorado Youth Hockey Club, and beat then tied the team from Denver Country Club in two other games.

In the first game against Northern Colorado, the two teams competed in a primarily defensive bout with lots of physical clashing and trash talking along the way.

“It was a very heated and intense battle with high emotions,” said team co-captain Jake Bair.

Northern Colorado struck first with a goal early in the second period, and the Grizzlies tied it up by the end of the period.

Then tempers got out of control.

The third period saw both teams drawing numerous penalties totaling more than 25 minutes in a 15-minute period.

The game ended with co-captain Levi Fetterhoff receiving a major charging penalty and subsequent game misconduct, forcing the team to do without his services in the second game of the weekend.

Grizzlies top DCC

With little to no rest, the Grizzlies took on another tough team – Denver Country Club.

Glenwood fought hard for a 3-1 win and, unlike the other game, kept its penalties to a minimum, racking up only four minutes total for the game.

“Our defensive crew did a nice job for the most part, but we did have a couple key turnovers,” said head coach Tim Cota.

Although the first period was heavy on defense, the Grizzlies pulled away with two unanswered goals in the second period by senior co-captain Cam Avery and Cam Dacuma, with assists by Bair, Guy Sappington and Avery.

In the third period, Taylor Brown scored with an assist from Jackson Wilson, capping off the victory for the Grizzlies.

The next morning, Glenwood returned to the rink for an early morning game versus DCC. This time, the game saw Glenwood trailing by two goals at the end of the first period.

During this game, penalties again got the best of the Glenwood team. However, they were able to overcome their deficit with goals by Avery on a penalty kill (being one man down), and Quinn Zamora being assisted by Dacuma and Avery.

DCC scored again halfway through the third period, and, with just over one minute left in the game, Glenwood’s Fetterhoff scored the tying goal with an assist by Avery.

The game ended in a 3-all tie.

“The black line of Avery, Fetterhoff and Dacuma demonstrated that, with their speed and strength, they can dominate any six players on the ice in the offensive end. They just need to be more opportunistic with their shots,” said Cota. “Looking back on the weekend we all played fairly well, but not consistent enough to come away with three wins … we’ll get there.”

Glenwood travels to Moffat County this weekend for another set of three games.

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