Grizzlies rout foes, seal top tourney seed |

Grizzlies rout foes, seal top tourney seed

Photo Courtesy of Glenwood Hockey/Ed KosmickiGlenwood Springs captain Adam Hansen (16) fights for control of the puck with an Eagle player as Grizzlies teammate Jesse Hansen, back right, looks on during Sunday's game at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

The Glenwood Springs Grizzlies had a weekend that would make a football coach proud.

Of course, being a midget hockey team makes the showing even more impressive.

The Grizzlies won four games last weekend by a combined score of 35-7 to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Central Division in the upcoming Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League tourney.

“We played 12 good, solid periods of hockey,” head coach Tim Cota said, “and we blew them out. The games weren’t even close.”

Glenwood opened the weekend with a pair of road wins, beating division foe Summit 12-2 and 11-2 on Saturday. On Sunday Glenwood downed Eagle 5-2 and 7-2 at “the Cave” at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Ben Guska paced the offense with seven goals and eight assists in the four games, including trio of goals in Sunday’s nightcap against Eagle.

Adam Hansen, Jesse Hansen, Matt Miller and Colby Burling all had five goals on the weekend, with Burling notching four in the 11-2 win over Summit.

The Grizzlies scored six power-play goals on the weekend to elevate the man-up season percentage to 32. They were just as impressive on the defensive side of the special teams. So far this season Glenwood has a penalty-kill percentage of 91.

With the victories, Glenwood raises its record to 23-9-2. The weekend also saw Cota eclipse the 200 win mark as a coach in Glenwood and Minnesota.

The Grizzlies face Vernal Friday night at 5 p.m. at the Community Center.

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