Pee Wee Grizzlies take two of three from Steamboat
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Pee Wee team took two out of three from Steamboat Springs last weekend to finish the regular season on a high note.
The Grizzlies posted 3-2 and 4-2 wins against Steamboat. Sandwiched between the victories was a 3-0 loss.
In the first game on Saturday afternoon, Glenwood got on the board early in the first period when Andrew Kollar scored his third goal of the season.
In the second period, the Grizzlies extended the lead to 3-0 with an unassisted strike by Joel Rothman and then a shorthanded goal by Zach Levine that was assisted by Christopher Powell.
Steamboat responded with two goals to cut the lead to 3-2 – and that’s how the game would end.
Goaltender Jake Wedhorn picked up the win in net for the Grizzlies.
In Saturday’s evening game, both Steamboat and Glenwood looked fatigued from the first game.
Steamboat went up with a goal early in the first and the Grizzlies were unable to solve the opposing goaltender in the shutout loss.
The rubber match was Sunday morning and Steamboat picked up where it left off Saturday by scoring the first goal.
Wedhorn and Glenwood’s defense stood tall, but the offense had not scored a goal in four periods. Finally, Rothman broke the drought with a goal. Kollar and Zachary Mencimer assisted.
Steamboat responded 28 seconds later to regain the lead.
Rothman tied it up at 2 not long after, scoring a goal off an assist from Kollar.
Rothman put the Grizzlies ahead for good in the third period, tallying a pair of shorthanded goals. John Jensen assisted on the first and Rothman scored sans a helper on the second to round out the count at 4-2.
Glenwood’s defensive five – Mencimer, Matthew Heim, Alec Sloan, Reed Featherstone and Zachary Quint – helped Wedhorn stop 15 of the 17 shots he faced to earn his seventh win of the season.
With the two wins, the Grizzlies earned a berth in the playoffs as a third seed. They will face second-seeded Eagle/Vail Friday at 3 p.m. at Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen.
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