Midget Grizzlies take home the Colorado Cup
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Midget Major Grizzlies traveled to Colorado Springs last weekend and emerged victorious, bringing home the Colorado Cup from the four-day holiday tournament with Midget A teams from around the state.
Here’s a recap of the weekend’s action:
The round-robin tournament started on Friday night with a 4-2 victory over the YMCA team from Boulder.
Sophomore Jackson Wilson and Taylor Brown had two goals each, with assists from senior Cam Avery, junior Joseph Capraro, Brown and senior Jake Bair.
Next up, the Grizzlies demolished the NCYH team from Fort Collins, 4-1.
The first two goals were from Coal Ridge senior Cameron Dacuma, assisted by Avery.
Then Avery scored with assists from Dacuma and Palisade senior Quinn Zamora.
And, finally, Capraro had an unassisted goal.
The shots were 37-16 in favor of the Grizzlies.
In the Grizzlies first face-off against the Blades from Gunnison, the Grizzlies were outgunned, 4-1, with the only point coming from Wilson, with an assist from freshman Sam Carmer.
The Grizzlies returned the next morning to face the undefeated Gunnison team in the championship game.
Although the Blades outgunned the Grizzlies the day before, the Grizzlies believed they had the tools to give the Blades their first defeat of the season.
The puck dropped and both teams clashed.
Despite the clear size advantage of the powerful Gunnison team, the Grizzlies fought back with their speed and agility, refusing to falter.
Each side had its opportunities, but the first to capitalize was the sophomore Wilson, in unassisted fashion.
Then, just before the period ended, the Grizzlies struck again with a goal from Dacuma and assisted by senior Levi Fetterhoff.
The period ended with the Grizzlies ahead by two goals.
Then, in true “Miracle On Ice” fashion, just as the Americans held off the Russians in two separate Olympic Games, the Grizzlies had to hold off the Blades’ relentless 27-shot attack for the next two periods.
The final attack by Gunnison late in the third period was held off by the skills of the Grizzly defensive squad.
The buzzer sounded, signaling that the Grizzlies had just won the Colorado Cup, thanks to a shutout by goaltender Alex Parrish, who had a phenomenal weekend. Freshman Jackson Sandell provided support during an earlier game.
“Some days you have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good. I am very proud of this hockey team,” head coach Tim Cota said.
Glenwood Springs will play home games this weekend at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. The Grizzlies will face Moffat and Grand Valley.
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