Grizzlies turn in strong showing at Fall Faceoff
Kicking things off this hockey season, the Glenwood Grizzlies’ hockey program took part in the Fall Faceoff Tournament in Aspen this past weekend with their Squirt B, Peewee B and Bantam B teams at the Ice Garden and Lewis Arena in Aspen.
The Squirt B team had a great weekend, finishing third overall while breaking in eight new players.
In game one of the weekend, the Grizzlies dropped a 9-0 decision against the AAHA Jr. Ducks Squirt B team, but Glenwood quickly bounced back in game two against Steamboat Springs to pick up a 4-0 win.
Against Steamboat, Brayden Dacuma netted a second-period goal off of an assist from Greyson Post to put the Grizzlies on the board. Leading 1-0, Glenwood poured it on in the third period as Sam Rosenberg found the back of the net off of assists from Ryan Barlow and Jacob Moskov before Dacuma netted his second goal of the game to stretch the Glenwood lead to 3-0.
Marek Senn capped off the scoring with a power play goal midway through the period to seal the 4-0 win. In net, Devon Blanchard stopped all seven shots he faced to backstop Glenwood to the win.
Unfortunately for the Squirt B team, they couldn’t build off of the win over Steamboat Springs, falling by scores of 8-0 and 5-0 to the COS Tigers Squirt B and a second game against the AAHA Jr. Ducks Squirt B team to wrap up the weekend for the Grizzlies.
“The Squirt B team played well against well-skilled teams with much more ice time under their feet to date,” Squirt B Head Coach Ham Tharp said. “This is a very promising group of gritty, hungry, versatile players who will improve their skills and teamwork.”
While things didn’t go so well in the final two games for the Squirt B team, the Glenwood Peewee B team got off to a great start in its season opening tournament, defeating the Utah Jr. Grizzlies PW B team by a score of 3-1 as Kade Winger scored two goals and Jace Joslin added the other goal for the Grizzles. Jett Weatherred and Avner Mangeot added assists in the win, while netminder Hunter Oger stopped 15 of 16 shots for Glenwood.
In game two, the Grizzlies dropped a 4-1 decision to the Ogden Jr. Mustangs as Winger netted the only Glenwood goal of the game. Looking to bounce back in the third game of the tournament, the Grizzlies picked up a thrilling 1-0 win over the powerhouse Littleton Peewee B Red team as Mangeot picked up the game-winning goal on an unassisted goal to lead the Grizzlies. Oger came up big in net for Glenwood, stopping all 14 shots he faced in the tough matchup.
Unfortunately for the Peewee B team, the Grizzlies came up short in the final game of the weekend, dropping a 4-0 decision to the NCYH Peewee B Blue team to finish third overall in the tournament.
“The Peewee B’s had a very encouraging start to the season going 2-2 over the weekend,” Head Coach Jeremy Joslin said. “Their success was fueled by pure effort on the ice as well as terrific passing and goaltending. I could not be more proud of the effort the boys showed in all four games. If they continue to bring this level of effort we will have a very successful season.”
Wrapping things up for Glenwood was the Bantam B team, which placed third overall in the tournament despite going 3-1-0 over the weekend.
Opening up the tournament against the Littleton Bantam B team, Glenwood fell by a score of 2-0 before bouncing back to win three straight games by scores of 6-0, 3-1 and 5-3.
Against the Utah Jr. Grizzlies Bantam B team, the Grizzlies rolled to a 6-0 win as Cody Roberts and Kobe Ottosen scored two goals each, while Connor Powell and Quinlan Bradford added one goal each to pace the Grizzlies. Anthony Guy added two assists, while Powell, Jaymin Kanzer and Robert Weir added one assist each.
Continuing their strong run in game three, Glenwood picked up a 3-1 win over the Littleton Bantam B Red squad as Kanzer, Ottosen and Owen Mangeot found the back of the net for the Grizzlies while Guy (2), Ottosen, Powell and William Bingaman added assists in the win.
In the final game of the tournament against the Salt Lake Lightning, the Grizzlies raced out to a 2-0 lead as Powell and Ottosen netted goals before Salt Lake tied it up at 2-2 early in the second period.
Tied at 2-2, Ottosen found the back of the net once again to give the Grizzlies a 3-2 lead before he scored two more goals in the third period, giving him four goals for the game to pace the Grizzlies to the 5-3 win.
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