Grizzlies turns in dominant weekend at midget level
Opening up the season on the midget level, Saturday and Sunday, the Glenwood Grizzlies youth hockey program dominated Centaurus (5-1) and Columbine (7-0) to start the 2016 regular season 2-0.
At the Glenwood Rec Center, the Grizzlies raced out to a 2-1 lead after one period of play thanks to even-strength goals from Billet Porter and Sam Liotta. After a goal from Matthew Thrun that was assisted by Reed Featherstone in the second period, Porter found the back of the net for the second time, stretching the Grizzly lead to 4-1. Porter scored the power play goal at 13:08 of the second period off of assists from Brody Bittner and Erich Albrecht.
Lucca Trapani added the final tally of the game for the Grizzlies 4:18 into the third period off of assists from Hyland Barabe and Liotta to lead Glenwood to the 5-1 win.
Jake Fegan stopped 24 of 25 shots in net.
While Saturday’s game might have been impressive for the Grizzlies, Sunday’s 7-0 blowout of the Columbine Eagles was that much better as Bittner and Travis Leahy potted goals in the first period to give Glenwood a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes.
Blake Cloutier, Liotta, Zachary Weicker and Thrun potted goals in the second period as Barabe, Liotta and Keenan Winger assisted on the Grizzly goals.
Cole Shavalier capped off the 7-0 win with a third period goal at the 11:51 mark, as Josh Cook stopped eight shots to lead Glenwood to the shutout win.
Two big wins over the weekend kicked off the season in solid fashion for the Grizzlies, who continue to develop depth while being able to roll out line after line that can score at a high rate.
“We are starting to develop our depth and are spreading the offense around, which is something we need to do on a consistent basis to be successful,” Grizzly head coach Tim Cota said. “In the Sunday game we had seven goals from seven different players, which made for a well-balanced attack. Our defensemen are beginning to recognize when they can jump up in the play and contribute offensively. Fegan had a fundamentally sound game in net for us; he made it look easy most of the time, which we all know isn’t the case, and any time you can get a shutout from a younger goalie such as Cooker did you have to tip your hat to that. We’re getting better with every facet of our game and taking some strides in the right direction every weekend. Hopefully that trend will continue; we’re buying in to our concepts.”
As the midget team rolled to two wins over the weekend, the undefeated Bantam A team dropped its first game of the season and battled to two ties against the Aspen Bantam A team.
In game one against Aspen, the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie as Carter Cloutier found the back of the net twice for the Grizzlies, while Rio Kauffman stopped 29 of 31 shots and Lara Trulove picked up the lone assist of the game for Glenwood.
In game two, the Grizzlies came up short against Aspen, falling by a score of 5-3 at Lewis Ice Garden. Cooper Knott and Sean Mooney found the back of the net in the second period for Glenwood, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback. Kauffman stopped 26 of 30 shots before being pulled for an extra attacker, while Tysen Trujillo and Cloutier added two assists each. Max Mencimer and Colter Strautman added one assist each in the loss.
Glenwood and Aspen battled to a 0-0 tie in game three as both teams solidified themselves as two of the top teams in the league.
In PeeWee A action, the Glenwood Grizzlies went 2-1 against the Telluride PeeWee A team behind 3-1 and 3-2 games before dropping the third and final game of the weekend by a score of 4-0.
Anthony Guy scored two goals in the first game, while Nolan McPherson added one goal to lead Glenwood to the 3-1 win. In game two, McPherson, Kobe Ottosen and Guy found the back of the net as Owen McConaughy stopped 25 of 27 shots in the win.
Unfortunately for Glenwood, the PeeWee B team and the Squirt C team went a combined 0-7-1 over the weekend, while the 8U Mite team competed in Aspen at the third annual CDYHL Mite Jamboree.
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