Glenwood Springs Grizzlies finish season taking third at tourney
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Hosting the second annual Glenwood Invitational Hockey Tournament last weekend at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, the Glenwood Grizzlies Midget hockey team finished with a 2-2 record and third place.
The Grizzlies started the tournament with a tough pair of games.
First, Glenwood lost to the eventual tournament champion Rocky Mountain Renegades 5-0, then fell to runner-up Provo 4-2.
Dylan Cook and Chris Abshire each scored for the Grizzlies against Provo, while Michael Brunk made 52 saves to minimize Provo’s scoring.
“We played fairly well in the tournament,” said Glenwood head coach Tim Cota. “I actually thought that our best game was against Provo because they were a better team than Telluride.”
Glenwood then got its first win of the tourney in game three against Telluride. Wyatt Zetterholm led the way with a goal and an assist in the win, while Abshire, Grant Wood and Conner Pawlak also added goals. Cook, Soren Phibbs and Hunter Darien each recorded assists.
The 2-1 record in the tourney put Glenwood in the third-place game for a rematch against Telluride and this time the Grizzlies unloaded on offense for a 7-1 victory.
“It was really nice to see us beat Telluride,” Cota said. “When (the Glenwood players) were Bantams, Telluride used to beat us pretty handily.”
Abshire was unstoppable on the ice, scoring two goals and assisting two more. Nate Miller, Pawlak, Grant Wood, Tanner Wood and Tyler McCoy each put the puck in the back of the net against Telluride, with help of assists by Grant Wood (two), Cook, Dru Avery and Pawlak.
The tournament was the final chapter in Glenwood’s 2007-08 season, a building year where the Grizzlies moved up a division. They finished the season with a 6-24-3 record.
“Most of the ties and wins came in the last few weeks. We really finished the season nicely,” Cota said. “We played a tough schedule, but we ended up being better hockey players.”
While Cota was impressed with the improvement of all the Grizzlies, he really liked seeing all his players step up and contribute.
“One thing I enjoyed about this season is that we didn’t have one dominant line,” he said. “There wasn’t a clear division between the first and third lines.”
The tournament capped off the five long careers of Grizzlies Miller, Abshire, Seth Carmitchel, Zeterholm and McCoy, who started in the Glenwood Youth Hockey Program at the Pee Wee level and played all the way through.
Three players from the Bantam team will be joining the Midget squad to try and fill the void left by the graduating seniors. That’s not too many to add to the already small squad.
“Our lineup will be shorter than this season,” Cota said.
The Grizzlies are now on a break, but it won’t last long, as offseason training for next year starts in April.
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