Grizzlies roar into first place
After its wins in Sunday’s doubleheader against Oak Creek, one can understand if the Glenwood Grizzlies youth hockey team appear somewhat light-headed at practice this week.
The pair of third period victories lofted the Glenwood Midgets into the rarefied air of first place in the Central Division of the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League, boosting their seasonal mark to 19-7-1.
Matt Miller scored the winning goal in Glenwood’s 4-2 first-game victory, breaking a 2-all tie with 10 minutes, 11 seconds left. Adam Hansen added the insurance goal on an assist from his brother Jesse with 3:19 remaining.
A.J. Katers scored an unassisted goal in the first period. Andy Libberton, who assisted on Miller’s score, netted a power play goal in the second period.
In game two, center Ben Guska scored two of the Grizzlies’ goals in a 3-2 decision where Glenwood rebounded from a one-goal deficit in the third period with two scores in 25 seconds.
Guska tied the game at the 6:26 mark on a feed from Marcus Munoz, then Libberton grabbed a loose puck off a rebound in front of the Oak Creek net with six minutes left for the game-winner.
In other games played this weekend, Glenwood defeated Telluride 6-2 in front of an appreciative Parents’ Night crowd on Friday, then fought to 3-3 and 1-all ties with Telluride in a Saturday doubleheader at the Glenwood Community Center ice rink.
The Grizzlies are scheduled to play one game this week ” a 7 p.m. home contest Friday with Grand Junction ” but could see additional action on the road this weekend if coach Tim Cota successfully finds a team with open dates.
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