Grizzly Midget Majors move into playoff position with 15 weekend goals
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – With six games remaining in their season, the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Midget Major hockey team (U18) advanced into a playoff position after 6-1 and 9-0 wins against visiting Junior Eagles of Lakewood. The Grizzlies set the tone early Saturday night when assistant captain Tony Bosco directed Dan Abshire’s pass past the Junior Eagles’ goaltender for a 1-0 lead just over a minute into the first period.
With Glenwood goaltender Alex Parrish continually frustrating the Junior Eagles’ attack, the first period ended 1-0, in favor of the Grizzlies.
The next three goals were scored by the Grizzlies’ second line, which was no longer content with letting the first line do most of the scoring.
Assistant captain Dylan Cook pumped up the Grizzlies with his unassisted, shorthanded goal for a 2-0 lead.
Tanner Wood put Glenwood ahead 3-0 when he took Ryan Young’s pass and shook off the Junior Eagles’ defenseman and released a soft wrist shot just under the crossbar.
The Junior Eagles’ only goal came towards the end of the second period, as they were able to close the score to 3-1.
The Grizzlies saved their best for the third period, adding three more goals for the 6-1 final score.
Dylan Cook continued the scoring for the second line, burying his second unassisted goal less than a minute into the third period. Less than 30 seconds later, Abshire made it 5-1, with Trey Fox’s slap shot and Levi Fetterhoff providing the assists.
The final goal was another beauty, with Bosco backhanding the puck just inside the goal for the Grizzlies’ final goal. Fox and defenseman Grant Wood, provided the assists.
With a 9:30 p.m. finish, all Grizzlies needed to hurry home for some rest prior to their 6 a.m. start on Sunday morning.
The die-hard Grizzly supporters were a little nervous at 6 a.m., as the Grizzlies have been slow to get started in previous morning games. With 6 a.m. practices all season, the hope was the Grizzlies would be awake (even if their fans were a little sleepy).
The Grizzlies delivered – and they delivered big – with a nine-goal offensive onslaught that featured shorthanded and power-play goals, assisted and unassisted goals, ferocious slap shots and surgical wrist shots.
Abshire started things off for the Grizzlies off two perfect passes from Bosco and Fox.
Cook got on the board again with a power play goal on a pass from Tanner Wood. The Grizzlies added a second power-play goal when Fox directed a pass from Abshire and Bosco in for the Grizzlies’ third unanswered goal.
With only two seconds remaining in the first period, Tanner Wood got leveled by the defense, but not before flipping Cook’s pass in to end the first period, 4-0, in favor of the Grizzlies.
The Junior Eagles had no answer for the Grizzlies in the second period as the Grizzlies added five more goals.
Cook started off the period with his third unassisted goal of the weekend.
Bosco and Abshire combined again for Abshire’s third goal of the series.
Young got his first goal of the series, when he took a face off right between the Junior Eagles’ defensemen for a relatively easy shot on the stunned the Junior Eagles’ goalie.
Bosco wrapped things up for the Grizzlies with a power-play goal followed by a shorthanded goal. Bosco’s shorthanded goal ended the second period, just like first period, as it was scored with only two seconds remaining in the period.
Grizzly goaltender Michael Brunk stood tall for the Grizzlies and shut down any Junior Eagles’ attack and secured his second shutout of the season.
After nine goals in the first two periods, the Grizzlies were held scoreless in the third period for a 9-0 final score.
Next up for the Grizzlies is the Grizzly Midget President’s Day Hockey Tournament, to be held Feb. 14-16 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink. Teams from Craig, Vail/Eagle and Northern Colorado will be on hand.
Visit http://www.grizzlyhockey.org for more information.
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