Grizzly squirts play at home over the weekend
Making their home debut, the Glenwood Grizzlies Squirt B and C teams competed in three and four games each at the Glenwood rink on Saturday and Sunday.
The Grizzlies Squirt B team finished 1-2 over the weekend, while the squirt C team finished 2-2.
Taking on the West Elk Wolverines on Saturday, the Squirt B team battled to a 1-1 tie with the Wolverines.
Jase Joslin scored an even-strength goal at the 7:31 mark of the third period off an assist from Marek Senn, but the Wolverines tied it up just one minute, 20 seconds later.
The two teams would battle to a tie as Grizzlies goaltender Hunter Oger stopped five of six shots.
In game two against the Telluride Lizard Heads on Sunday, the Grizzlies battled to another 1-1 tie despite outshooting the Lizard Heads, 27-7.
Beck Weatherred scored an unassisted even-strength goal at the 5:37 mark of the second period. However, the Lizard Heads were able to pot a goal of their own at the 9:06 mark of the third period.
Oger stopped six of seven shots for the Grizzlies.
Looking to pick up a win in their third and final game, the Grizzlies were able to find the back of the net eight times in an 8-2 win over the Lizard Heads.
Jett Weatherred netted the first goal of the game for the Grizzlies at the 8:03 mark of the first period, which seemed to open the floodgates for the Grizzlies.
Avner Mangeot added a second period goal for the Grizzlies after the Lizard Heads took a 2-1 lead.
Senn and Joslin scored early in the third period for the Grizzlies, and then Kade Winger, Mangeot, Jett Weatherred and Kale Tibbets found the back of the net for the Grizzlies, capping off the dominating 8-2 win.
Oger stopped 18 of 20 shots to pick up the win.
For the Squirt C team, the Grizzlies got off to a slow start, falling to Steamboat Springs, 3-2.
Jacob Roggie scored both goals for the Grizzlies, while Marek Senn stopped 10 of 13 shots in the loss.
Game two was much of the same for the Grizzlies, who played Steamboat Springs once again. This time, the Grizzlies fell 5-2.
Roggie scored both goals once again, while Jase Joslin stopped 10 of 15 shots.
Looking to get one into the win column, the Grizzlies blitzed the Craig Cougars, 4-0, on Sunday.
Roggie once again scored two goals, while Ryan Moskov and Braydon Duncan netted the other two Grizzly goals. Senn got the shutout with eight saves.
Facing off with the Cougars in game four, the Grizzlies came out on top, 8-3, thanks to two goals each from Logen Morganstein, Eli Meyer and Moskov.
Duncan added a goal of his own, and Greyson Post found the back of the net as well for the Grizzlies.
Jase Joslin stopped six of nine shots in the win.
While the Grizzly squirt teams achieved moderate success in their home opener, the 12U PeeWee teams competed at the 35th annual Vail Sportsmanship Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
In five games, the Grizzlies went 3-2 at Vail.
Opening up against Littleton Red on Friday, the Grizzlies were shut out in a 4-0 loss, but the Grizzlies were able to bounce back in game two, beating Littleton White thanks to a hat trick from Anthony Guy, two goals from Kobe Ottosen and one goal from Nolan McPherson.
Building off of Friday’s win against Littleton White, the Grizzlies dominated the Evolution PeeWee team, 6-0, on Saturday.
McPherson recorded a hat trick, while Ottosen, Guy and Cody Roberts also scored.
Owen McConaughy recorded 19 saves in the win.
The Grizzlies then beat Vail, 3-1, on Saturday behind goals from Ottosen, Guy and Roberts, while getting 19 saves from Tanner Hadsock.
Qualifying for the championship bracket after winning three straight games, the Grizzlies unfortunately came up short against Green Mountains Falls, 1-0, on Sunday.
McConaughy stopped 28 of 29 shots in the loss.
Despite losing in the championship bracket, the 12U PeeWee team turned in a terrific performance in Vail, led by Guy, Ottosen and McPherson.
“Just an unbelievable effort from our team,” Grizzlies director T.K. Kwiatkowski said. “The three returning A players from last season [Guy, McPherson and Ottosen] showed leadership and a level of performance beyond their years.”
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