Grizzlies dominate competition in weekend full of hockey
Kicking things off in the 2016 season, the Glenwood Grizzlies had three teams — Midget Major A, Bantam A, Bantam B and Peewee B — in action last weekend, resulting in a combined seven wins in eight total games.
The Glenwood Bantam A team faced off with the Aspen Leafs Friday and Saturday, winning game one on Friday by a score of 7-2.
In the first game, Braden Carmichael got the Grizzlies on the board first with a first period goal at the 2:31 mark on assists from Luke Grimaldi and Nolan McPherson. Just over five six minutes later, Colter Strautman scored on the power play to give Glenwood a 2-0 lead before Aspen found the back of the net near the end of the first period to pull to within 2-1.
Hunter Lohse stretched the lead to 3-1 early in the second period on another power play goal for Glenwood as the Grizzlies held a 3-1 lead through two period of play before Aspen would cut the lead to 3-2 early in third period.
From there, Kelton McPherson, Sean Mooney, Grimaldi and Carmichael found the back of the net to cap off the 7-2 win as Daelen Renzi stopped 12 of 14 shots.
In game two against Aspen on Saturday, Glenwood did whatever they wanted against the Leafs, leading to a 10-1 win as Kelton McPherson, Grimaldi and Strautman found the back of the net twice, while Sean Mooney, Jacob Fowler, Luke Grimaldi and Max Mencimer added one goal each. Renzi stopped six of seven shots in the win.
For the Bantam B team, the Grizzlies went 1-1 against the Vail Mountaineers, losing game one 4-2 before bouncing back in game two to win 4-1.
In game one, Traven Hammond and Jack Kearrsy found the back of the net for the Grizzlies as Robert Weir, Quinlan Bradford and Jaymin Kanzer added assists in the loss.
Fortunately for Glenwood, the Grizzlies bounced back in game two as Weir scored twice to pace Glenwood, while Bradford and Hammond added one goal each in the win. Netminder Owen McConaughy stopped 23 of 24 shots for the Grizzlies.
For the Major A team, the Grizzlies topped Summit in two games by scores of 7-2 and 9-1 to go 2-0 on the weekend.
In the first game against Summit, Glenwood received goals from Brody Bittner and Mathew Thrun in the first period, giving the Grizzlies an early 2-0 lead. From there, Ryan Kotz, Billet Porter and Travis Leahy found the back of the net in the second period before Porter and Cole Houston added goals in the third period to cap off the win .
In the second game against Summit, Zach Mencimer and Kotz scored two first period goals each, while Thrun capped off the great first period for the Grizzlies, who led 5-0 after one period of play. Following the terrific first period, Glenwood continued to pour it on as Mencimer scored two more goals in the second period before Hyland Barabe added a third period goal to cap off the 9-1 win.
In net in game two, Josh Cook stopped 12 of 13 shots to pick up the win.
Wrapping things up on the weekend, the Peewee B team went 2-0 as well, topping the Aspen Leafs by scores of 3-1 and 4-1.
In game one, Larenzo Lohse, Avner Mangeot and Ross Barlow found the back of the net against Aspen as Hunter Oger stopped six of seven shots in goal for the win. Following up the game one win, Glenwood received goals from Cooper Luetke and Mangeot, as well as two goals from Kade Winger to beat the Leafs. Oger was outstanding in net once again, stopping 17 of 18 shots to pick up the win.
On the heels of a great weekend in Aspen and Glenwood, the Grizzlies will host their Holiday Festival Tournament tonight, Saturday and Sunday in their premier event of the 2016-17 season, along with the CDYHL League Playoffs and the 8U Mite Jamboree.
In the Holiday Festival Tournament, six teams — four from the Western Slope (Aspen, Craig and two from Glenwood Springs), one from Denver (Arapahoe) and one from Utah (Salt Lake City) — will compete in Glenwood’s third annual holiday event.
The tournament will feature 15 18U Midget/High School games over three days with action starting today at 1:45 p.m. and ending with the championship game on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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