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Midget Major Grizzlies sweep Denver Country Club

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Todd Patrick Special to the Post Independent

The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Midget Major hockey team (U18) began its 2010-11 league season with 4-1 and 5-0 wins over Denver Country Club this past weekend.

The Grizzlies, playing on their home ice at the Glenwood Springs Community Center rink, began a little hesitantly in Saturday’s 4-1 victory.

After a scoreless first period, the action picked up a bit.

Tanner Wood recorded Glenwood’s first goal roughly halfway through the second period. Michael Porter and Dylan Cook assisted.

DCC responded about a minute later to even that count at 1 after two periods.

Coach Tim Cota took advantage of ice preparation between the second and third periods to fire up his squad. His Grizzlies responded.

With goaltender A.J. Hamon repelling everything DCC fired at him, Porter continued to set up his teammates.

Cook, a team captain, took advantage and began the third period by scoring to give the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead.

Glenwood added a power-play goal from Matt Shelden to make it 3-1. Shelden added another goal later in the third to round out the count. Porter assisted both goals, giving him four helpers on the night.

On Sunday morning, the Grizzlies welcomed back Jake Bair and Levi Fetterhoff, who played for the Glenwood Springs High School football team in the 3A state title game just a day earlier.

The two quickly made their presence felt.

The Grizzlies benefited from a number of power-play opportunities and scored on three of them en route to the 5-0 win.

Shelden put the first goal on the board on an assist from Quenton Henry, giving Glenwood a 1-0 lead in the first period.

It was all Grizzlies in the second period, with Wood assisting on three goals – a power-play strike by Cook that Bair also assisted, a second power-play goal by Cook and a Porter goal that gave the hosts a 4-0 lead.

Glenwood also welcomed Alex Parrish, who’s also playing goaltender for Aspen High School, back to the fray. Parrish recently returned from a trip to Sweden and Norway. He took the ice in the middle of the second period and protected the Grizzlies’ shutout.

With less than five minutes remaining in the game, Shelden scored the final goal of the morning on a pass from Cook.

“We knew we had to generate offensive opportunities through a tenacious forecheck and we were able to do that consistently throughout the weekend,” Cota said. “We were able to capitalize on the power play, an aspect of the game that we have dedicated quite a bit of time to in practice.”

Next up for the Grizzlies is a set of games Dec. 11-12. They’ll host Pueblo on Saturday night and Lakewood’s Junior Eagles on Sunday.

The Glenwood Grizzly Pee Wee B team ventured to Lakewood on Saturday for the opening game of the 2010-11 season against the Junior Eagles.

Led by Joel Rothman’s four goals – he had a natural hat trick in the first period – along with a shorthanded goal by Christopher Powell and a third-period goal by Zach Levine, the Grizzlies went on to beat the Junior Eagles, 6-1.

It was a team effort, starting in the net with strong goaltending by Jacob Wedhorn and a stingy defense in front of him.

The Grizzlies’ Pee Wee team is home this Sunday with games against Summit at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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