Pee Wee Grizzlies win state title

Staff Report
Members of the Glenwood Springs Grizzlies Pee Wee Black hockey team celebrate after posting a 4-0 victory against the Northern Colorado Junior Eagles in Littleton this past Sunday in the Federation Cup state championship game.

An early three-goal lead for the Glenwood Springs Grizzlies Pee Wee Black hockey team held up on Sunday, and Glenwood coasted past the Northern Colorado Junior Eagles, 4-0, in the Federation Cup state championship played at The Edge Ice Arena in Littleton.

Carter Coulter scored a pair of goals and Kelton McPherson and Jacob Fowler also scored for the Grizzlies, who sealed the first Federation Cup championship in the team’s 15-year existence.

“Wow,” Grizzlies coach Adam McPherson said. “What a bunch of overachievers. All season long we’ve told the boys to control moments and they will become great memories, and they succeeded.”

Glenwood, which finished the season with a 45-7-4 overall record for the season, also earned a 6-1 victory against Boulder in the tournament’s semifinal round on March 14. Glenwood’s other Pee Wee team, the Pee Wee Silver, were defeated 2-1 in the semifinal round of their tournament to the Colorado Springs Junior Tigers.

In Glenwood’s win against Boulder, Cloutier and Tysen Trujillo each scored first-period goals, with Trujillo’s goal coming shorthanded with 57 seconds left on the clock. Anthony Guy and Cooper Knott scored in the second, and Kaid Nieslanik and Sean Mooney capped the scoring in the third period.

Rio Kaufmann had 14 saves in the semifinal against Boulder.

For the Silver team in its semifinal loss to Colorado Springs, Thomas Bensch scored off an assist from Anders Marty in the second period, but the early 2-0 lead by Colorado Springs was too much to overcome. Owen McConaughy finished with 22 saves in the final game of the game, which capped a season where the squad won its age group’s Continental Divide Youth Hockey League title.

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