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Grizzlies fall to Pueblo in championship game

The Glenwood Grizzlies turned a corner in their season this weekend. An improved effort on the defensive end, aided with some timely goals, propelled the local Midget hockey team to the championship game of the Vail Turkey Bowl tournament.In the title game Glenwood lost a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Pueblo on Sunday, when they forced two ties.Pueblo’s Jacob Meek nailed the game-winner five seconds into a third-period power play created after back-to-back minor penalties were called on Glenwood’s Jesse Cline and Sterling Copeland.While the Grizzlies’ effort fell a bit short, head coach Tim Cota was happy about what he saw on the ice.”We took a lot of steps forward. This was higher than I expected with the young team we have. Our defense was much better this week,” he said. Last week we gave up 19 goals. In the tournament we allowed 10 goals in five games – that’s a major improvement.”Glenwood moved into Sunday’s title game with Pueblo by winning three of their four contests in earlier rounds.Cline netted the game-winner at the four-minute mark of the third period. The goal broke a 1-all tie he created back in the second period.Grizzlies’ goalie Robert Benjamin skunked Moffat County, 2-0, stopping 17 Bulldogs shots in a Saturday contest. Keefe O’Connor and Jimmy Carter each scored for Glenwood.Pueblo dominated in the next contest, grabbing a two-goal lead midway in the second period en route to a 5-2 win. Carter and O’Connor had solo goals for the Grizzlies, who suffered their first tournament loss in three games.The outcome was different on Sunday. Four Glenwood players scored in a 4-1 victory that advanced the local club to a rematch with Pueblo. Trevor Kroeger opened the scoring at the seven-minute mark of the first period. Levi Sherman, Tyler McCoy and Cline also had goals.Glenwood’s 3-2 mark in tournament play raised their overall record to 5-4 this season. They resume the schedule Sunday in Denver.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO

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