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Local Sports Briefs: Glenwood Springs youth hockey teams see success

Members of the Glenwood Grizzlies Peewee hockey team talk over team strategy during a tournament in Colorado Springs over President's Day weekend. Team members include Cooper Knott, Kaid Nieslanik, Kai Hill, Carter Cloutier, Max Mencimer, Tysen Trujillo, Rio Kaufmann, Trace Apostolic, Ryan Kotz and Sean Mooney, and Crested Butte players Graham Barrett, Chris Myers, Dominic Picarro, and John Smith. Coaches include Dennis Winchell and Jay Mencimer.
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The Glenwood Springs Grizzly Bantam Silver hockey team took on local rivals Aspen twice this past weekend, splitting the first game 1-1 and winning the second, 4-1.

The action started Saturday afternoon at the Lewis Arena in Aspen. Despite several penalties on both sides, the two teams remained even at 0-0 halfway through the game.

Aspen scored first, and time was running out when Grizzlies defenseman Travis Leahy netted a goal from the point off a pass from Christopher Braklow to tie it up. The stalemate persisted through the waning minutes of the third period and stood at 1-1 for the final score.



Goalie Lucca Trapani stopped 12 of 13 shots-on-net from the Leafs, while the Grizzlies put 19 shots on the Aspen goal.

Glenwood was primed to improve on the draw Sunday morning as they hosted the Leafs at the Glenwood Springs Community Center rink. The Grizzlies had a fast start, with Blake Cloutier scoring from the point just 52 seconds into the game. Erich Albrecht netted the game winner on a power play later in the first period, assisted by Brody Bittner and Leahy. The second period saw Leahy score his own power play goal, off a pass from Bittner. Back at even strength in the third period, team captain Mathew Thrun netted the final goal of the game, assisted by Albrecht. Trapani stopped 23 of 24 shots-on-goal.



Afterwards, a grinning Leahy said, “I’m so proud of my team. We hustled and played as hard as we could. Aspen is a good team and our rival, so it’s just amazing to finally beat them. This gives us a lot of confidence going into the playoffs.”

Glenwood is now 1-2-1 against Aspen. The Grizzlies will host the Leafs one final time in league play at 10:30 a.m. on March 2.

Grizzlies Peewee A second at Presidents Day tourney

The Glenwood Grizzlies Peewee A team took second place following a weekend of hockey at the “Presidents Day” tournament hosted by the Colorado Springs Area Hockey Association.

The tournament was attended by more than 200 teams and included teams from the Denver, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The Grizzlies’ team roster was combined, with Glenwood inviting a some Crested Butte players to join them in the tournament.

“What a great weekend. I am so proud of the kid’s efforts,” Grizzlies assistant coach Jay Mencimer said.

After losing the opening game of the tournament, the team bounced back with four consecutive wins to earn a spot in the championship game against the Aspen Leafs. The Leafs beat the Grizzlies in the tournament title game, 2-1.

“It took heart and hustle all weekend to achieve the level of success that we did,” head coach Dennis Winchell said. “The championship game was everything you could hope for a youth hockey tournament. It was obvious both teams wanted to win, and our team just came up short.”

COMMUNITY

Today’s sales at Moe’s to help Craig Denney

Moe’s Southwest Grill in Glenwood Springs will donate a portion of today’s sales to help cover the medical bills of Glenwood Springs High School Athletic Director Craig Denney.

The restaurant, located at 35 Market St. in Glenwood Springs, will also hold a silent auction with various items. Proceeds from the silent auction will also be donated to the Denney family.

Denney, who was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma this past November, is recovering from a rigorous chemotherapy treatment to combat the affliction. Denney did spend time in the intensive care unit of Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs earlier this month after he contracted a strep virus that went septic, but he returned home on Feb. 13 after fighting the virus off.

A percentage of sales from open to close today will be donated to the Denneys to help pay medical bills. The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Information: 970-384-0700.

T-shirt sales to benefit Craig Denney

Glenwood Springs High School has purchased T-shirts to help raise funds to help pay medical bills for the school’s athletic director, Craig Denney.

The T-shirts, which have the Demons’ logo on them and read “Denney’s Demons” on the front, are being sold by the school. Cost for the T-shirts is $15. Proceeds from all shirt sales will be donated to the Denney family to aid in Craig Denney’s medical expenses.

Information: 970-384-5555.

RUNNING

Annual Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk set for next month

The 15th-annual Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk will be held in West Glenwood at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.

The race takes runners on a scenic, uphill journey above the Glenwood Fish Hatchery, before descending on the same route to the finish line on Donegan Road. The race is the first leg of the six-leg Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series.

Registration begins at 2 p.m. on race day. $15 is the entry fee, with all proceeds going to local animal shelters.

Information: 970-945-0979.


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