Grizzly squirts compete in Aspen Fall Face-Off
At the 22nd annual Fall Face-Off in Aspen this past week, the Glenwood Grizzlies Squirt B team finished winless in its four games, while the Squirt C finished with two wins and two losses.
The Grizzly Squirt C started things off with a win against Denver Country Club. Second-year squirt Beck Weatherred scored the first goal of the 2015-2016 season with assist from Jace Joslin.
DCC responded with a goal of its own to tie the score 1-1 after one period of play in Aspen. From there, first-year squirt Ian Cole put the Grizzlies ahead one minute into the second period with an assist from Sam Rosenberg and Jacob Roggie.
Jett Weatherred increased the Grizzlies’ lead to 3-1 with an assist from Rohan Gerrald.
DCC scored one more time in the third period to cap the final score, a 3-2 Grizzlies win.
Up next for the Squirt C team was Colorado Springs. It was all Grizzlies in this one as Kade Winger netted three goals and Sam Rosenberg found the back of the net four times. Ian Cole scored his second goal of the tournament for the Grizzlies. Making his debut in net, Marek Senn was superb all game long, stopping 10 of 12 shots in the 8-2 Grizzlies win.
In the third game, second-year squirt goalie Hunter Oger stood on his head to stop 29 of 31 shots from a strong Arapahoe team. The Grizzlies couldn’t muster any offense of their own in a 2-0 loss.
On Sunday, the Grizzlies had their second consecutive 6 a.m. start against the top-seed Salt Lake City. Second-year squirt Avner Mangeot scored twice, but it was not enough as Salt Lake was able to score four times for a 4-2 final score.
The Grizzlies Squirt B team faced very strong B teams from Steamboat Springs, Boulder, Denver (Krivo Elite Hockey Club) and Colorado Springs. While they could not secure a victory, Grizzlies hockey head coach Ham Tharp could not have been more proud of his two squads.
“These kids balanced their other commitments and showed up at each game ready to play,” Tharp said. “They played different positions and played with different lines and two skaters (Senn and Winger) even stepped up to play in goal when needed.
“For some of our players this was the first time they have been on the ice since last season.”
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