Area Sports Briefs
The Glenwood Grizzlies midget minor A hockey team continued to fight hard this weekend in league play.
The Grizzlies hosted the undefeated Junior Eagles and came within four seconds of handing the Lakewood team its first loss of the season.
With only 10 seconds remaining in the game, the Grizzlies committed a penalty that paved the way for a game-tying Junior Eagles’ score that ended the game in a 3-all tie.
With the faceoff in the Glenwood zone and the Grizzlies shorthanded, the Eagles gambled and pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage. The gamble paid off.
The Junior Eagles won the draw and quickly put a shot-on-goal. Bantam goalie Alex Parrish, who continued to impress as the midget minor’s starting goalie, made a tough save. The puck appeared covered, but all six Junior Eagles converged until the whistle blew.
Unfortunately for Glenwood, the only whistle that blew sounded when the officials signaled the puck had crossed the line with four seconds left.
Their first win may have eluded them, but the nine Grizzlies comprising the midget minor A squad continued to stand toe to toe with teams boasting larger rosters.
Defenseman Jake Bair scored his first goal (power play, unassisted) of the season with a shot from the blue line. Forward Dylan Cook scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season with brothers Tanner and Grant Wood each providing an assist.
Sunday morning provided an opportunity to bounce back from the heartbreaking tie, but it proved to be another heartbreaker for the Grizzlies.
The Junior Eagles scored only 10 seconds into the game and that ended up being the difference.
The Grizzlies pressured the Junior Eagles the whole game with a 37-21 shots-on-goal advantage but none went in.
Weekend game notes: Defenseman Guy Sappington and starting goalie Michael Brunk were not available to play this weekend. … Cook is in second place in the league in scoring and Bair is tied for second place in assists. … The Grizzlies still lead the league with the fewest penalty minutes (34 minutes in seven games). … The Grizzlies’ midget minor A team will participate with the Grizzlies’ midget major A team in the Eagle Memorial hockey tournament Friday and Saturday. … Check http://www.GrizzlyHockey.org for updated Glenwood hockey information.
Glenwood Springs Middle School’s eighth-grade B boys basketball team finished second at Saturday’s De Beque Tournament, going 2-1 on the day.
The Cougars defeated Rifle 27-24, lost to Carbondale 33-18 and beat De Beque 28-22 in the round-robin tournament.
Against Rifle, Anthony Bencomo led GSMS with seven points, and Diego Lopez added six.
Versus Carbondale, Jesus Salinas scored eight points for the Cougars, and Josh McKee added four.
Kevin Rangel paced GSMS with eight points against De Beque, while Lopez scored seven and Luis Lepe six.
This year’s Turkey Day 5K race is set for Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 27) at 10 a.m. at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Keeping with tradition, registration for the race remains at $5, which includes a scenic race course, a post-race party, friend and community camaraderie and metabolism. Proceeds benefit the Carbondale Community School.
Preregistration is encouraged by visiting the school or calling Karen or Jim at 945-2026.
The 17th annual Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race will be held on Dec. 7 at Sunlight Mountain Resort. The 8K race, which starts at 10 a.m., winds through Babbish Gulch on Sunlight’s cross-country trails. Snowshoes will be provided for the race.
Racers can preregister at Summit Canyon Mountaineering for $20, and race-day registration is $22 at the Sunlight lodge beginning at 9 a.m. Registration includes a T-shirt and a goodie bag. The cut-off for preregistration is Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.
The race benefits the animal shelters of Garfield County (CARE, Mid-Valley Animal Rescue and Rifle Animal Shelter).
Information: Sunlight Mountain Resort, 945-7491; Summit Canyon Mountaineering, 945-6994; http://www.dayofinfamysnowshoerace.org.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.