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Midget Grizzlies skate past Arapahoe on senior night

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Todd Patrick PhotographyThe Midget Grizzlies celebrate during a win over Arapahoe last weekend.

Just three days after the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association Midget team returned from winning the Durango tournament, it was back on the ice for its final two league games.

Glenwood was looking forward to the rematch Thursday night against Aspen after losing in the final seconds to the same team just a week ago.

The two teams played tough defense throughout the first period on Glenwood ice. Neither team was able to get on the board until Grant Wood found the net, on an assist from Taylor Brown, with just seven seconds left on the clock.

Aspen was able to tie it up halfway through the second period with a goal that saw the Glenwood goaltender pushed into the net after covering the puck.

Locked in a 1-all tie, the Grizzlies had their opportunities in the third period. The shot count was almost even on the night, with 22 shots by Glenwood and 24 by Aspen.

Aspen was able to sneak the puck into the net to take the lead with 10 minutes still left on the clock.

Glenwood could not capitalize on a power-play chance with two minutes left and Aspen took the 2-1 win.

The Glenwood fans were out in force on Friday night to watch the Midget team take on Arapahoe and to honor team members playing their final game on home ice. Those seniors went out in triumphant fashion, scoring a 4-2 win.

Midgets A.J. Hamon, Dylan Cook, Jonathon Angelo, Brown, Tanner M. “The Duke” Wood, Grant Wood, Tanner Wood and Michael Porter were all brought to center ice with their parents for recognition of their contribution to the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association. Some of these young men have been playing in their respective divisions for eight years.

With all the pregame hype, Glenwood came out flat in the first period. The Grizzlies had two early penalties and Arapahoe made them pay with two power-play goals in the first period.

Glenwood regrouped and momentum started to shift as the period ended with the Grizzlies down by two.

“We weren’t sure how we would come out of the gate, with senior night and the tough loss the night before, sometimes that type of emotion can work against you. Give Arapahoe credit … they came out quickly and took advantage of their opportunities,” Grizzlies head coach Tim Cota said.

As the second period began, Glenwood’s work on defense started paying off.

Arapahoe had finished the first period with 10 shots on goal, but would only get eight more chances the rest of the game.

Glenwood’s Levi Fetterhoff took advantage of one defensive stop to take the puck and give Glenwood its first goal.

“Blocked shots are an aspect of the game that we love to see. Many times, that type of play sparks a team and can lead to offensive opportunities. This time it accomplished both,” Grizzlies forwards coach Kim Fetterhoff said.

Senior Tanner M. Wood followed that up with a score of his own, off of assists by his fellow senior Brown and forward Joseph Capraro.

The second period saw things turn physical. Six penalties were called, three on each team.

Glenwood’s penalty-kill unit smothered Arapahoe, holding their Front Range foe scoreless on all three power plays. The period ended in a 2-2 tie.

“Defensively, we tightened up in the second period and didn’t make many mistakes. The mistakes that were made, we were able to cover for each other, which was nice to see,” defensive coach Mike Henry said.

The third period started with an aggressive Arapahoe team being called for three penalties before three minutes were off the clock.

Glenwood’s power-play units, coming off of nine goals last weekend, continued their scoring ways.

Cam Avery put the puck over the shoulder of the Arapahoe goalie after getting a blue-line pass from Porter.

“Our power play has been clicking as of late, we’re moving the puck nicely and capitalizing,” Cota said.

Glenwood now had the lead, 3-2, but this year’s graduating class was not done.

Senior Tanner Wood sniped a nice shot from the side of the net with assists from Porter and Quenton Henry to get the final goal of the regular season.

Hamon, the Grizzlies’ senior goalie, stopped 16 of 18 shots on the night.

The Grizzlies ended their league season at 9-8-4. They are the fifth seed for this weekend’s playoff tournament in Denver. Glenwood opened against Aspen on Friday.

With preseason, tournaments and league play, the Grizzlies have compiled a record of 17-16-7.

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