Grizzlies slap together preholiday tournaments
In the last competition before Thanksgiving Day, the Glenwood Grizzlies Bantam B, Squirt B and Squirt C teams, as well as the PeeWee B team, competed in local tournaments at the Glenwood Springs Ice Rink and Eagle Ice Rink on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Grizzlies hockey program came away with just three combined wins in 16 games over the weekend.
The Bantam B team, made up of players 15 years old or younger, won two of its three games Saturday and Sunday, knocking off the Grand Junction Bantam B team 4-1 and 3-2, before falling to Grand Junction, 6-4, in the third game.
In game one, Dylan Webster and Hunter Lohse netted second period goals for the Grizzlies. Kai Kanzer and Tomas Bensch assisted on Webster’s goal, while Cole Hawkinson assisted on Lohse’s.
Kanzer added a third period goal off of an assist from Jacob Fowler. Webster added an unassisted goal later in the period to cap off the 4-1 Grizzlies win.
Rio Kauffman stopped 33 of 34 shots on goal for the Grizzlies, leading them to victory, in which the Grizzlies were outshot 34-21.
Game two got off to a fast start for the Grizzlies as Dylan Uren netted a shorthanded goal midway through the first period, giving Glenwood a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
After GJ Bantam B tied the game just one minute, 45 seconds into the second period, Glenwood’s Lohse quickly put the Grizzlies back in front, netting the go-ahead goal just six seconds later off of an assist by Kanzer.
Following the tying goal from GJ Bantam B at the 6:47 mark of the third period, Webster found the back of the net once again for the Grizzlies, netting the game-winning goal at the 12:05 mark of the third period on assists from Bensch and Robbie Weir.
Kauffman backstopped the Grizzlies to victory once again, stopping 16 of 18 shots.
In the third and final game of the weekend for the Grizzlies Bantam B team, Glenwood fell to GJ Bantam B 6-4 despite holding a 2-1 lead in the first period.
Bensch netted two first period goals off of assists from Weir and Uren, but the GJ Bantam B team netted a goal midway through the first period before rattling off four unanswered goals in the second period to go up 5-2 after two periods.
Weir and Lohse found the back of the net for the Grizzlies in the third period, but it wasn’t enough to rally Glenwood.
Kauffman stopped 23 of 29 shots in the loss.
In the three weekend games, Bensch led Glenwood with five points (2G-3A), while Lohse (3G-1A) and Weir (1G-3A) finished with four points each.
Kauffman stopped 72 of 81 shots over three games, good for a .889 save percentage.
Following up the Bantam B team, the Grizzlies Squirt B team played four games, Friday and Saturday, finishing with a 1-3 record against Green Mountain Falls, Littleton, Vail and the NCYH Squirt B team.
Against NCYH on Friday, the Grizzlies dropped a 2-0 decision, allowing two early third-period goals.
Glenwood netminder Hunter Oger stopped 14 of 16 shots in the loss. The Grizzlies mustered just 11 shots on net.
In game two, the Grizzlies were outshot 15-6 by Littleton in the 5-0 loss.
Littleton netted two first-period goals before rattling off three goals in the third period to cap off the 5-0 win.
Oger stopped 10 of 15 shots in the loss.
Looking to rebound with a win in game three, the Grizzlies came out and played a much better game, knocking off the Green Mountain Falls Squirt Green team, 3-1, behind two goals from Avner Mangeot and one from Sam Rosenberg.
Mangeot found the back of the net at the 8:01 mark of the first period after the Grizzlies went down 1-0 early. Rosenberg assisted on Mangeot’s first-period goal.
Not to be outdone, Rosenberg potted a goal of his own just over three minutes later, putting the Grizzlies ahead, 2-1, at the 11:31 mark of the first period.
Mangeot then found the back of the net at the 6:23 mark of the second period off of an assist from Marek Senn, capping off the 3-1 win for the Grizzlies.
Oger stopped 26 of 27 shots in the win.
Finishing up the weekend with a game against Vail, the Grizzlies were outshot 24-2 in the 2-1 loss. Kade Winger scored the first goal of game for the Grizzlies at the 7:40 mark of the first period off of an assist from Fisher Jacober.
Oger stopped 22 of 24 shots in the close loss.
Attempting to put up a good showing following the 1-3 performance by the Squirt B team, the Grizzlies Squirt C team was outscored 25-2, losing all four games over the weekend.
Rosenberg and Jake Barlow scored the lone goals for the Grizzlies in the four games at Eagle.
While the Squirt C team struggled through four games, the PeeWee B team put up a fight in all four games they played over the weekend, finishing 0-3-1 against Steamboat PeeWee B and Craig PeeWee B.
Against Steamboat in the first game of the weekend, the Grizzlies fought to a 5-5 tie thanks to two third-period goals from Matthew Roggie and one third-period goal from Jaymin Kanzer.
Cooper Luetke started the scoring for the Grizzlies in the first period, potting a goal at the 2:20 mark of the first period off of an assist from Roggie.
Luetke added a second-period goal at the 12:36 mark with the Grizzlies down 5-1. Quinlan Bradford assisted on Luetke’s second goal of the game.
From there, Roggie and Kanzer brought the Grizzlies back in the third period, forcing the 5-5 tie.
Luetke and Roggie finished with three points each, while Owen McConaughy stopped 18 of 23 shots.
Trying to build off of the 5-5 draw after a terrific third period rally, the Grizzlies couldn’t grab that elusive win, falling to Steamboat in game two, 4-1.
Aiden Senn scored the lone Grizzlies goal off of an assist from Jack Kersey.
Against the Craig PeeWee B team, the Grizzlies dropped game one, 5-4, before falling 2-0 in the second game.
Senn, Luetke, Kanzer and Kersey netted the four goals for the Grizzlies against Craig.
McConaughy stopped 35 of 42 shots against Craig.
The Grizzlies will be off this weekend due to the holiday, but will return to action next weekend, as the Bantam A team makes its regular season debut Dec. 3, against Aspen Bantam A Team (3-0-0) at the Glenwood Ice Rink.
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