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Grizzlies’ hunger not satisfied with divisional sweep

G. Sean KellyGSPI Sports Editor
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood Grizzlie midget Sam Scruby, left, fights with Eagle Valley's Karl Conklin the midget Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League divisional tournament Saturday afternoon.
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Despite going unbeaten in their two divisional playoff games Saturday in their divisional tournament, the Grizzlies know they need to get hungrier.”We (didn’t) play well in these first two games,” Glenwood forward Kevin Young said. “If we’re going to win league we have to play a lot better than that. We have to step it up and start hustling more.”Still, the Glenwood Springs midget hockey team had plenty of hustle Saturday, with a 4-0 win over Eagle Valley and a 3-1 victory over Oak Creek at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink.”We didn’t play well. It was pretty sloppy,” said Glenwood coach Tim Cota, who pointed to a possible letdown after winning a tournament last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. “It’s nice to be able to say we didn’t play well and come out with two wins.”

Those two wins give Glenwood a No. 1 seed headed into next weekend’s league tournament in Eagle. The top seed came due to the Grizzlies taking care of business against Oak Creek in their second game of the day. After a scoreless first period against the Kodiaks, Glenwood exploded for three goals in the second period, including a pair of goals 20 seconds apart.”We just wanted to keep working it down low – something will open up out front,” said Young, who

Grizzlies: see page 12 scored two goals. “That’s our bread and butter, just keep cycling.”All three Glenwood goals came off rebounds or scrambles in front of the net.”It was garbage goals, and that’s one thing about outworking other teams,” Cota said. “Nothing real pretty, but I’ll take a garbage goal over a breakaway any day.”

Young opened up the scoring with 6:28 left in the second period. A key short-handed breakaway save two minutes later by Glenwood goalie Brian King on Oak Creek’s Dylan Knudsen preserved the 1-0 advantage and gave Glenwood time to reload and put the game away in the final three minutes of the period. Matt Miller slapped home a rebound during a power play for a 2-0 lead with 2:37 left in the period. Young tallied his second goal of the game shortly after the ensuing center-ice faceoff.Oak Creek got on the board when Knudsen dangled in front and beat King to the right post 20 seconds into the third period, but it was all the scoring the Kodiaks could muster.

Glenwood outshot Oak Creek 21-7 in the contest. Trevor French and Anthony Ferrara each had two assists in the game.– In the early game against Eagle Valley, King posted the shutout with 11 stops, while the Grizzlies pelted the Devils keeper Conner Lantz with 33 salvos.Three of Glenwood’s four goals came in the third period. Gray Hussey, Miller, Ferrara and Rory Nankervis scored for the Grizzlies, while Young notched two assists in the game.Glenwood and Oak Creek advance to the league tournament next weekend.Glenwood and Oak Creek advance to the league tournament next weekend.


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