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Squirt Grizzlies crowned MLK tourney champions

Greg Knott Contributed photoThe Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association's Squirt B team raises its AHA-Martin Luther King Squirt Tournament trophy.

The Glenwood Grizzly Squirt B hockey team traveled to Arvada for the 2012 AHA-Martin Luther King Squirt Tournament last weekend and returned as the champions.

The team had to contend with some tough Front Range competition to bring home its trophy.

Outshooting the Boulder Bison, 20-6, in the final game, the Grizzlies rolled to a 5-2 win.

Ryan Kotz scored two goals and Sean Mooney found the net three times for a hat trick to pace Glenwood.

“The Grizzly Squirt B team played extremely well throughout the weekend, getting better as a team each and every game on their way to the winning the AHA-MLK championship game,” head coach TK Kwiatkowski said.

Nico Devita, Trace Apostolik and Hunter Howe provided the Grizzlies with leadership throughout the weekend.

The solid goaltending of Hunter Hadsock, steadfast defensive play of Kaid Neislanik and gritty play by teammates Logan Radtke, Cooper Knott, Kai Kanzer and Lance Weidemann also provided valuable minutes in the team’s title run.

The offensive prowess provided by the Kotz-Mooney combination also proved key.

“Our coaching staff couldn’t be more proud of our players’ efforts and how they developed throughout the weekend,” Kwiatkowski said.

Dennis Winchell is the Grizzlies’ assistant coach.

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