Yampah Mountain Grizzlies pick up first hockey win
Competing for the first time as members of the Yampah Mountain junior varsity team — which is the first high school level hockey team to compete out of Glenwood Springs — picked up a 5-2 win, Saturday, over the Aspen Skiers JV team at the Aspen Ice Garden.
The Grizzlies received a first period goal from Erich Albrecht at the 13:25 mark off of an assist from Matt Thrun, giving the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead after one period of play.
Looking to build off of a strong first period, the Grizzlies came out and netted three goals as Brody Bittner found the back of the net at the 6:45 mark of the second period, giving Yampah Mountain a 2-0 lead. Sam Liotta picked up the lone assist on Bittner’s goal.
Thrun added two quick goals following Bittner’s goal, pushing the Grizzlies’ lead to 4-0 after two periods of play in the first-ever Yampah Mountain game.
Billet Porter assisted on both Thrun goals in the second period.
Reed Featherstone netted the final Grizzlies goal of the game off of an assist Liotta, which was sandwiched in between Aspen goals from Cooper Johnson and Finnegan Allen.
Thrun led all Grizzlies with three points, while Liotta and Porter added two points each.
Lucca Trapani stopped 23 of 25 shots to pick up the win for Yampah Mountain.
“We built momentum throughout the first period and had a strong second period,” Yampah Mountain head coach Tim Cota said. “It was our best period of the game. The third period was a little sloppy. Eric Albrecht had a key block in the third period to close the door on any potential comebacks and swung the momentum back in our favor, and Matt “Burner” Thrun had a key goal on a nice dish from Billet Porter to close out the second period with 10 seconds remaining, we gave them a little extra rest so they could close out the period and they delivered.”
While Yampah Mountain picked up their first-ever win, the Glenwood Grizzlies Bantam A (14U) team continued their undefeated season, Saturday and Sunday, defeating the West Elk Wolverines, 6-2, 2-1 and 4-1 at the Glenwood Ice Rink.
On Saturday, Luke Grimaldi, Sean Mooney, Cooper Knott, Ryan Kotz, Max Mercimer and Carter Cloutier scored the six unanswered goals for the Grizzlies, who fell into a 2-0 hole after one period of play.
Rio Kauffman stopped 20 of 22 shots in the win, while Cloutier, Kotz, Mencimer and Mooney recorded two points each for Glenwood.
In the 2-1 win, Max Mencimer and Ryan Kotz scored late third period goals to keep the undefeated season alive. Colter Strautman picked up the lone assist on Mencimer’s goal. Rio Kauffman stopped 18 of 19 shots in the win.
Heading into game two against West Elk, the Grizzlies came out stronger as Cole Houston scored two quick first period goals for Glenwood. Sean Mooney, Luke Grimaldi, Kelton McPherson and Kotz picked up assists on Houston’s goals.
Mooney added a first period goal for Glenwood, which took a 3-1 lead after one period of play.
Carter Cloutier scored the lone second period goal for both teams, capping off the 4-1 win for the Grizzlies, who move to 7-0 on the season. Kauffman stopped 20 of 21 shots.
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