Midget Minor A team starts out strong against Greeley
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Levi Fetterhoff and Dawson Quint combined for six goals and two hat tricks each as Glenwood Springs Grizzly Midget Minor A hockey team beat Greeley Red, 6-4, at the Greeley Ice Haus on Saturday afternoon.
Glenwood got on the board first when Fetterhoff scored on a pass set up by Quint and Grizzly defenseman Cam Dacuma.
Greeley was able to respond just over a minute later and the first period ended tied, 1-all.
The second period remained scoreless until 10 minutes in, when Greeley took a 2-1 lead.
Just over a minute later, the Grizzlies took advantage of a power play and Quint scored on a pass from defenseman Cam Avery.
Greeley was back at full strength after the goal and quickly took advantage and scored to end the period ahead, 3-2.
It was all Grizzlies in the third period, as they quickly found themselves on a man advantage and Fetterhoff scored his second goal 30 seconds into the period on a pass from Quint.
Greeley took the lead again, 4-3, less than 15 seconds later.
Greeley kept the lead until the final five minutes of the game, when Dacuma set up Quint for Quint’s second and game-tying goal. The game looked like it may remain tied until Fetterhoff scored the game-winner – and his hat trick – off a pass from Quenton Henry, with only 11 seconds remaining.
Greeley pulled its goalie and added an extra skater, but the plan backfired when Quint completed his hat trick and scored the empty net goal for a 6-4 final score.
Grizzly goalie Michael Brunk was strong in goal, in his first game with the Grizzly Midget Minor A team.
The Glenwood Grizzly Midget Minor A team returned for a rematch a couple hours later, falling 4-1.
Greeley scored first, and the Grizzlies responded again, this time on Jake Bair’s unassisted shorthanded goal. The period ended just as it had earlier in the afternoon – tied at 1.
It was all Greeley in the second and third periods as the Grizzlies could not get anything past the Greeley goaltender. Greeley scored once in the second period and twice in the third.
The weekend ended on Sunday morning with another rematch, and it was a battle until the final minutes. Greeley won that battle, 5-4.
Greeley scored first just over two minutes after an early Grizzly penalty.
New Grizzly Midget Garrett Fyler evened the score at 1 when he and returning Grizzly Tanner Wood capitalized on a two-on-one advantage.
Greeley scored before the period ended for a 2-1 lead after one period.
It was all Grizzlies in the second period when Fetterhoff scored once on a pass from Dawson Quint, and again on a pass from Joseph Capraro.
The second period ended with the Grizzlies leading, 3-2. The Grizzlies built the lead to 4-2 when Quint scored on a feed from Fetterhoff.
Unfortunately, with its back against the wall, Greeley took charge in the final five minutes and scored three unanswered goals for the 5-4 win.
Next up for the Grizzly Midget Minor A team is the Junior Eagles on Jan. 9 at Lakewood.
Grizzly Pee Wee B goaltender Jake Fegan stopped 23 of 26 shots, but it was not enough as the Grizzly offense came up empty against Aspen in a 3-0 loss on Sunday morning at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink.
The next game for the Grizzly Pee Wee team is on Saturday afternoon at the Glenwood Ice Rink.
After a 6-0 loss to visiting DCC on Saturday, in which Grizzly goaltender Jake Fegan faced 34 shots, the Grizzlies regrouped and played their best hockey this season against the first-place DCC team.
“They played with intensity and the, ‘I want to win attitude’. The entire team stepped up together and played 110 percent for three periods,” said Grizzly Hockey Bantam head coach Tim Howard.
It was a scoreless game after one period.
DCC scored first in the second period, but Ryan Fitzgerald tied it less than a minute later on a pass from Tucker Jenkins. DCC was able to add two more unanswered goals to end the period 3-1.
A stand-up defense and another solid performance by Fegan held DCC scoreless for the 3-1 final score.
“We held them scoreless for two periods, that’s two wins and a step in the winning direction,” said Howard.
Next up the Grizzly Bantams face the Junior Eagles on Saturday night at the Glenwood rink.
Registration is still open for the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association. More information is available at http://www.grizzlyhockey.org.
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