Grizzlies host annual Mite Jamboree
Hosting their annual Grizzly Mite Jamboree on Saturday and Sunday, the Glenwood Grizzlies youth hockey organization welcomed more than 200 players from Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Craig and Oak Creek at the Glenwood Ice Rink.
During the event, the Grizzlies’ PeeWee B and Squirt B teams went a combined 4-2 on home ice, as the PeeWee B team went 2-2 and the Squirt B team finished 2-0.
The PeeWee B team opened up the event Saturday by falling to the West Elk Wolverines, 9-1. Quinlan Bradford scored a first period goal for the Grizzlies off of an assist from Jonathan Barlow. Glenwood was out-shot 23-6 in the loss.
In their second game against West Elk on Saturday, the Grizzlies bounced back with a 5-4 win thanks to a hat trick from Cooper Luetke and two goals from Barlow. Bradford and Aiden Senn picked up assists in the win.
Tanner Hadsock stopped seven of 11 shots for Glenwood.
Building off of the win over West Elk, the Grizzlies blitzed the Grand Junction Coyotes, 7-1, behind four goals from Luetke, two goals from Jack Kearsey and one goal from Barlow.
Barlow recorded two assists, while Bradford and Kearsey added an assist each. Hadsock stopped eight of nine shots to backstop the Grizzlies to the win.
In their final game of the weekend, the Grizzlies fell to Grand Junction, 3-1, as Kearsey scored the lone goal for Glenwood off of assists from Luetke and Bradford.
After a rough start to the weekend, the Grizzlies’ PeeWee B team rebounded for a productive weekend, according to head coach Nick Senn.
“Our team showed a great amount of resolve in our four games this weekend,” Senn said. “After a rough first outing, the kids battled back and came together as a team to win a couple games.”
For the Squirt B team, Glenwood knocked off West Elk in both games Saturday, 6-1 and 5-0.
In the first game against West Elk, Avner Mangeot recorded a hat trick, while Jett Weatherred scored two goals and Jase Joslin added one goal.
Joslin added two assists, while Kade Winger, Fisher Jacober, Jacob Barlow and Brayden Dacuma added one assist each.
Hunter Oger stopped six of seven shots in the win.
In game two against West Elk, Joslin scored two goals to lead the Grizzlies to the 5-0 win. Winger, Rosenberg and Mangeot netted one goal each.
Marek Senn recorded two assists, while Beck Weatherred, Dacuma, Jacober and Joslin recorded one assist each.
Oger pitched the shutout with seven saves.
While the Squirt B and PeeWee B team held down their end of the deal at home, the Grizzlies Bantam A and PeeWee A team hit the road to Eagle.
The Bantam A team shutout the Vail Mountaineers, 3-0, on Sunday at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.
Ryan Kotz netted an early first period goal for the Grizzlies off of an assist from Colter Strautman. Cooper Knott added an early unassisted second period goal, and Kelton McPherson added a third period goal off of assists from Luke Grimaldi and Sean Mooney.
Hunter Hadsock stopped 17 of 17 shots in the win.
For the PeeWee A team, the weekend didn’t go as well as expected as the Grizzlies dropped both games at Vail, 6-3 and 4-2.
In game one, the Grizzlies received two goals from Anthony Guy and one goal from Nolan McPherson in the loss. Kobe Ottosen added two assists, while Guy recorded an assist on McPherson’s third period goal.
Owen McConaughy stopped 14 of 20 shots in the loss.
In game two, the Grizzlies again received goals from Guy and McPherson in the 4-2 loss. Ottosen assisted on both goals, while McConaughy stopped 24 of 28 shots.
Despite losing both games, the Grizzlies played hard against a strong Vail team.
“Our team played with confidence and determination,” head coach Jim Bingaman said. “We nearly upset a very skilled hockey team. I’m impressed at how mentally tough our players are.”
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