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Grizzlies open season on high note

Staff Report

The Glenwood Grizzlies midget hockey team is off to a pretty good start.

The Grizzlies earned a three-game sweep over Kremmling over the weekend, and the 3-0 start puts them one win short of equaling last season’s win total.

“The biggest thing I saw from the team was just improved discipline,” head coach Tim Cota said. “The whole weekend we took four penalties. Our kids held their composure throughout and the defensemen played great and didn’t give up a lot of quality chances.”

Glenwood gave up just one goal in the series with a 4-0 shutout Friday night, and wins of 2-0 and 2-1 on Saturday.

In Friday’s game, Ben Guska notched a pair of goals and one assist. Adam Hansen tallied a goal and two assists. Colby Burling also scored and Erin Young, Evan Gould and Jared Abshire each had assists.

Goalie Brian King had a relatively easy night with four saves in the shutout.

Keefe O’Connor notched 12 saves to earn the shutout in the 2-0 victory on Saturday, with Guska scoring off another Hansen pass and Matt Miller notching an unassisted goal.

In the third game, Andrew Libberton scored a go-ahead, power-play goal in the second period with Jesse Cline and Trevor Kroeger being credited with the assists.

Hansen opened the scoring in the first period off an assist from Marcos Munoz before Bill Klutz evened the score at 1-all in the second.

Lance Miller finished with 19 saves for the win in net.

The Grizzlies face Eagle, a team they have never defeated, Friday at 8 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center rink.

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