Season begins for the Squirts |

Season begins for the Squirts

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The majority of the players on the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Squirt B team have just shed their football and soccer uniforms as they tie their skates and head directly to the ice.

The Grizzlies played Steamboat in the first game of the season on Dec. 5.

Even though the first game was a

6-1 loss, the Grizzlies demonstrated promising athleticism. The first goal of the season was scored by Gavin Olson. It was a shorthanded, unassisted goal in the third period. Goaltender Josh Cook had his workout of the day, facing 31 shots and making 25 saves.

On Dec. 18, the persistent Grizzly Squirt team posted its first win of the season against the Junior Eagles of Lakewood, 2-1.

The Grizzles were on the defensive for most of the first period as the Eagles came out strong.

Cook’s goaltending kept the score at nil-nil until just before the end of the first period, when the Eagles capitalized on a messy scramble in the crease and netted a rebound.

The Grizzles hit their stride in the second period with an unassisted goal by Nico Devita, followed by a goal from Ryan Kotz after an assist from teammate Trace Apostolik.

Goaltender Lucca Trapani played the second half of the game, stopping the rest of the Eagles’ shots.

The Squirt B team is now 1-1 on the season. They play a tripleheader in Glenwood Jan. 8-9.

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