Glenwood Bantams nab title
The inaugural Grizzly Classic Hockey Tournament wound down with its own version of March Madness on Sunday.
After falling behind 3-0 to Summit in the Bantam division championship game Glenwood Springs rallied to a 4-3 overtime win on Jesse Cline’s goal.
It was the second of two scores Cline had in the contest.
Glenwood scored three times in the third period to force a 3-all tie, sending the game into sudden death.
Hunter Darien netted two of the Grizzlies goals. Cline had the other.
The tying score came with 7 seconds left in regulation.
Cline was voted as the Bantam tournament’s first-star Most Valuable Player.
Troy Headley of Summit earned second-star honors and Gray Hussey, who assisted on the winning goal, was the third star.
Cheyenne, Wyo. won the four-team Midget division tournament championship on a 5-0 shutout over Douglas, Wyo.
Glenwood defeated Summit 4-1 in the third place game.
Ben Guska, Andy Hansen, Andy Libberton and Matt Miller each scored a goal for the Grizzly Midgets.
First-star tournament honors went to Cory Harting from Douglas. Hansen and Guska were the second and third stars, respectively.
Tim Cota, who coaches both Glenwood hockey teams, said the tournament was “a big success,” and hopes to expand the event to separate eight-team tournaments on different weekends next year.
“The teams were comparable and we didn’t have any blowouts – that’s what you try to do in a tournament,” Cota said.
Cota was also impressed by the amount of spectators who came to watch throughout the weekend.
“We had good crowds all weekend,” he said.
“There were more than just parents watching, there were a number of people from the community here as well.”
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The Glenwood Springs High School hockey team lost a pair of home games over the weekend to league teams, 3-1 to Crested Butte on Friday and 6-2 to Battle Mountain on Saturday.