Midget Grizzlies win one at home, drop two in Pueblo
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
It seems there’s no rest for the weary as the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association Midget Major team faced two more opponents in three games during a 48-hour period last weekend.
The first one was against Littleton on Saturday morning at home. Then came a trip to Pueblo to take on the second-place Panthers.
Glenwood outguns Littleton
After 10 minutes of scoreless play, the flood gates opened for Glenwood in a 7-4 Saturday morning win over Littleton.
The first goal of the game was scored at the 10-minute mark by Taylor Brown, with assists by Levi Fetterhoff and Jake Bair.
Littleton came back quickly with a goal of its own, which seemed to be a wake-up call for the Grizzlies, who scored three more goals by the end of the first period.
Tanner Wood and Dylan Cook received their first goals of the game and Brown tacked on his second goal. The assists came from tic-tac-toe passing by Cook, Michael Porter, Cam Avery, Quinn Zamora, Wood and Porter again.
The period ended with the Grizzlies up, 4-1.
“The first period of this game was our best of the year, minimal mistakes and great forechecking.” coach Tim Cota said.
The second period seems to be an Achilles’ heel for Glenwood so far this season, as it always seems to be the sloppiest of the game. In this case, the scene was no different.
Just under four minutes into the period, Littleton found the back of the net.
For the most part, the rest of the period was a back-and-forth battle. Near the end, Littleton scored again to pull within one.
Considering they had let the Hawks back into the game, the Grizzlies needed to come up with an answer.
Three minutes into the third period, Porter delivered that answer in the form of a goal, with assists from Cook and Wood. Only 30 seconds later, Porter scored once again, with another assist from Cook.
“The coaching staff challenged our athletes to take control of the game and they responded well.” Cota said.
Littleton didn’t give up and fought back once more with a goal two minutes after Porter’s last strike.
Apparently, Porter wasn’t satisfied and tacked on yet another goal to seal up the game, completing his hat trick. Cook also decided one more assist couldn’t hurt.
Glenwood’s trip to Pueblo began with a 5-3 loss.
Both the Glenwood and Pueblo defenses held fast in the first period, with neither team being able to score.
The scoreless tie would not last long into the second period, though, as Pueblo scored with only 18 seconds off the clock.
Glenwood was able to answer with a power-play goal by Fetterhoff, thanks to a well-placed pass from Avery. Pueblo answered swiftly to take a 2-1 lead at the end of the second period.
The third saw Pueblo scoring quickly on a power-play goal to take a 3-1 lead.
Grizzly forward Matt Shelden was able to score twice in the third, but Glenwood could not take the lead as Pueblo put in two more of its own to take the win.
With only a couple of hours between games, Pueblo and Glenwood were back on the ice for a rematch.
The Panthers came out strong with two goals to take the early lead.
Glenwood’s Porter was able to answer with a goal of his own on assists from Wood and Zamora.
One goal was scored by each team in the final minute of the period, with Glenwood’s goal coming from a hard-driving Cook, who was assisted by Porter and Quenton Henry. The first period ended with Pueblo in the lead, 3-2.
The second period started with another score by Pueblo, giving the Panthers a two-goal lead.
Glenwood did not give up and rallied to score two goals as Brown hit Shelden on a break-away goal and Cook got a shorthanded goal after stealing the puck at the blue line.
Glenwood had come back to end the second period in a 4-all tie.
With emotions running high in the third period, each team received three penalties.
Pueblo was able to capitalize with a power-play goal to take the lead for good, seven minutes into the third. Glenwood was not able to answer and Pueblo scored again with five minutes left in the game.
The Grizzlies have a Friday night home game vs. Arvada at 7:45 p.m. The two teams will play again on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.
On Monday night, the Grizzlies will head Lewis Ice Arena to take on Aspen in an intra-valley matchup.
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