Midget Grizzlies beat and tie Arvada at home
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Midget Major A team moved into a tie for fourth place in league play with a 6-3 win and a 2-all tie at home against Arvada last weekend.
The stands were packed at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink for the Friday night home game, but the Grizzlies could not find the net in what looked to be a scoreless first period.
But, after a late penalty, Arvada struck first on a power-play goal with only seven seconds left to take the early lead.
Glenwood came right back in the second period, when Levi Fetterhoff scored off an assist from Jake Bair to tie it up with only 26 seconds gone.
Arvada was able to take the lead back later in the period, with what would become its final score of the game.
Glenwood played puck-control hockey the rest of the game and ended up outshooting its opponent, 30-20, in shots on goal.
Midway through the third period, Bair took a shot on goal which was blocked by Arvada’s goaltender. Fetterhoff had crashed the net and was in the right spot to control the rebound and rip the puck into the net to tie the game at 2.
Glenwood continued to attack the Arvada defense, with good pressure from Cam Avery, Michael Porter and Tanner Wood. Arvada’s goalie just seemed to be in the right spot when the shots flew.
The Grizzlies’ stingy goalie, Alex Parrish, kept Glenwood in the game, doing his own gymnastics in the crease to keep Arvada from scoring in the third period.
The Grizzlies were unable to capitalize on late-game chances and the game ended in a 2-all tie.
“It was our weakest three consecutive periods of the year. You have to give Arvada credit. They beat us to every loose puck and won the majority of the battles on the wall,” Grizzlies coach Tim Cota said.
The cool breeze and snow didn’t seem to wake the Midget Grizzlies up for the 8:30 a.m. game on Saturday, as Arvada came out firing and scored the first goal five minutes into the game.
Glenwood was able to match the goal with one of its own, as forward Dylan Cook, who was sick for the first game, got his first goal of the weekend, with the help of a pass from Michael Porter, to tie it up at the 12-minute mark.
The tie would not hold as Arvada scored on a power play with 15 seconds left in the period to take a 2-1 lead.
The second period was scoreless until seven minutes in, when Porter got the puck on a breakaway and streaked toward the Arvada goal only to be tripped before he could bury the puck.
A penalty shot was called and Porter did not disappoint, as he roofed a backhand shot over the goalie’s stick to tie it up again at 2.
The seesaw battle continued as Arvada scored before the end of the period to carry a 3-2 lead into the third.
“We picked up where we left off on Friday night, sloppy play all around through the first two periods. Mentally, we were not prepared,” Cota said.
Glenwood was definitely wide awake in the third period and Arvada could not stop the puck as the Grizzlies ended up with 44 shots on goal as opposed to only 15 shots by the visiting Arvada team.
Grizzlies goalie A.J. Hamon kept the puck out of the net while teammate Matt Shelden started the onslaught with a nice wrist shot to even the score, after passes into the zone by Avery and Fetterhoff.
With the game tied at 3, Cook scored the next two goals, getting assists from Porter, Guy Sappington and Bair. The hat trick by Cook sealed the win for Glenwood.
One more goal with eight seconds left on the clock by Jaden Koos, made possible by a pass from Quinn Zamora, was the icing on the cake and completed the scoring for a 6-3 Glenwood win.
“We made some adjustments between the second and the third period and the offense began to click,” Cota said. “We were very fortunate to come out of the weekend with three out of four points. We need to prepare ourselves mentally and physically every week. As the head coach, I take full responsibility for our lack of preparation, we will be ready next week.”
The Grizzlies will have a four-game marathon road trip this weekend in Denver.
They will play Denver Country Club, Arvada, Littleton and the Junior Eagles – all in 48 hours.
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