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Grizzlies get off to solid start

The Glenwood Springs Grizzly midget hockey team got off to a good start at the inaugural Grizzly Classic Tournament.

Jared Abshire and Adam Hansen sparked Glenwood with two goals apiece to lead the Grizzlies to a 5-3 victory over the Summit Lightning Friday night.

“(Hansen) has been a bit snake-bit lately,” Glenwood coach Tim Cota said, “so it was nice that he got out of a little slump he was in.



Along with Abshire and Hansen, Evan Gould also got on the board with a goal and two assists as part of the “green line,” which also includes Abshire and Alex Tiernan.

Saturday’s action featured a 4-2 loss to the Cheyenne Capitals. The Grizzlies faced Douglas in a late game.



Both Glenwood and the Capitals had to contend with difficult playing conditions due to the soft ice caused by the warm weather.

Cheyenne opened up a 2-0 lead before Gould netted an unassisted goal to cut the advantage in half with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left in the second stanza.

The Grizzlies had the momentum at the end of the period, but Cheyenne’s Shawn Ramage finished off a nice offensive rush with a goal at the buzzer for the eventual game-winner and a 3-1 Capital edge.

Glenwood’s Ben Guska again brought the Grizzlies within one with a breakaway goal with 4:02 left in the game, but Ramage scored again just 40 seconds later.

The final round and championship games are scheduled for today. In the midget division, Cheyenne takes on Douglas at 8 a.m. The third-place game is at 10:30 a.m., and the championship game is at 2:45 p.m.

The Glenwood bantam squad plays its title game against Summit at 1:20 p.m.


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