Grizzly Squirt B team takes second place at DU tourney |

Grizzly Squirt B team takes second place at DU tourney

Photo by Greg Knott

The Glenwood Grizzly Squirt B hockey team traveled to Denver University for the 2013 Pioneer Classic Tournament Feb. 15-18 and returned as runners-up.

After defeating Steamboat Springs, the Grizzlies had to beat Aspen in two games in order to move on. Glenwood won each of those games by 2-1 scores, with game-winning goals scored by Cooper Knott and Colter Strautman, who netted a clutch shootout goal.

That set up the championship game against the Denver Jr. Pioneers, which the Pioneers won, 5-1.

“The boys really showed up with strong teamwork and effort,” Grizzly head coach Adam McPherson said. “It was great to watch them standing on the blue line during the National Anthem, watching their teammates on the Jumbotron, and finally receiving a banner as runners-up on the big ice.”

The team leadership of Kaid Nieslanik, Max Mencimer and Knott kept the team focused throughout the weekend. The Grizzlies also had solid goaltending from Rio Kaufmann, and steadfast defensive play by Kai Hill and Jacob Fowler.

Gritty play also came from Nolan McPherson, Kelton McPherson, Tomas Bensch and Blake Exelbert.

The Grizzly Squirt B team remains in first place in the league for the regular season.

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