Grizzlies go on to next round
Two wins: That’s all distancing the Glenwood Grizzlies from earning a state championship.
After winning the divisional title last week, the local youth hockey team is aiming its sights at bring home a state crown with a couple of victories in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association’s Midget Major A tournament.Glenwood, seeded third in the four-team, single-elimination event, plays Arvada at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. If the Grizzlies win, they play for the state championship at 5:15 p.m.Coming back with a state title is a feat well within the Grizzlies’ reach according to coach Tim Cota.
“We played our three best periods of the year,” Cota said of Glenwood’s 4-0 win over the Craig Cougars in the division title contest in Eagle. “We’re peaking at the right time, and we’re right in it for the championship if we continue to play good, solid defensive hockey.”And the Grizzlies defense was as solid as a locked bank vault throughout the entire four-game, round-robin divisional tournament. Overall, Glenwood outscored its opponents 15-2. Goalkeeper Brian King was just as sharp in the net, posting a pair of couple shutout wins.King turned aside all eight of Craig’s shots in the championship game to keep off the Cougars scoreboard.
After concluding the first period in a scoreless tie with Craig, the Grizzlies broke the game open with three unanswered goals in the next stanza.Forward Rory Nankervis broke the deadlock 91 seconds in. Teammate Kevin Young notched Glenwood’s seconds score 1 minute and 9 seconds later. Shawn McKay made it 3-0 with a goal midway in the period. Trevor French scored the Grizzlies’ fourth goal in the final moments of the third period.In earlier divisional games, Glenwood took a 5-0 win over Telluride, earned a 2-1 victory against Oak Creek, along with a 4-1 win over Craig before the championship game.In earlier divisional games, Glenwood took a 5-0 win over Telluride, earned a 2-1 victory against Oak Creek, along with a 4-1 win over Craig before the championship game.
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