Glenwood Grizzlies’ hockey looks promising
EAGLE – Vail/Eagle is all that stood in the way of the Glenwood Grizzlies major A hockey team and a Jake Brock Memorial Tournament title.The Grizzlies lost to the host team in Friday’s tourney opener and again in the championship game, and can take solace in beating everyone else they faced and giving the Mountaineers a run for their money at Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.”It got better as the weekend went along,” Glenwood coach Tim Cota said. “We saw some lines starting to jell. It was a great weekend for us.”After Friday’s 6-1 loss to Vail/Eagle, in which Daniel Abshire tallied the lone goal for Glenwood, the Grizzlies rebounded with wins over the Arapahoe Midget Penguins (2-0) and an Arvada midget team (3-1).Chris Abshire, Daniel Abshire and Dylan Cook all scored goals against Arvada. Wyatt Zetterholm assisted Cook’s tally. Michael Brunk picked up the win in goal.Against the Penguins, it was Nate Miller and Cook accounting for the Grizzlies’ scoring. Chris Abshire and Tony Bosco assisted Miller, while Zetterholm assisted Cook. Goaltender Seth Carmitchel picked up the shutout, stopping 14 shots.The wins earned Glenwood another date with Vail/Eagle in the tourney finale on Sunday. The Grizzlies kept it tight through two periods, trailing 1-0 after one and 2-1 after two, but the Mountaineers broke it open with a two-goal third period to ice the win. Eighteen minutes worth of penalties in the final frame didn’t help Glenwood.”It was a 4-1 hockey game and we gave up three power-play goals,” Cota said of his young team. “In 5-on-5 play, it was 1-1. Our experience, or lack thereof, showed in taking penalties in that championship game. We got a little frustrated.”Vail/Eagle ran the table on the tournament in dominant form, scoring 27 goals while allowing two in four games. The Grizzlies were the only team to score on the tournament host.Glenwood takes the ice against that same Mountaineer team in an 8 p.m. game Friday night at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.”I like our chances Friday night,” Cota said. “We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend. If we stay out of the penalty box, we’ll be just fine.”
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