Prep Grizzlies fall in CPHL semifinals
The 2015 Glenwood Springs Grizzlies high school hockey team finished the season this past weekend in Denver at the Colorado Prep Hockey League playoffs. The Grizzlies fell in the semifinals to Boulder, 4-3, after prevailing 7-0 over Littleton in the quarterfinals.
After finishing the season with a record of 10-2-2 — giving the Grizzlies a No. 2 seed in the eight-team tournament — postseason play started March 6 in Littleton against Centaurus High School.
The Grizzlies scored five goals in the first period, as Sam Liotta, Chaz Apostolik (two), David Calvin and Brendan Ward each found the net. Roger Gauthier, Joel Rothman, Trevor Carmichael and Devin Romero made assists. At that point, with the game well in hand, Chance Mundorf and Joel Rothman added two more scores off Lyly Wilkins and Apostolik assists. Goaltender Jake Fegan turned away all 21 shots in what would be his final game of the season.
The March 7 semifinal brought a new challenge against a resurging Boulder Bison team. Although the Grizzlies had many power-play opportunities in the opening period, they could not capitalize and finished the period down 1-0. After giving up an early second-period goal, the Grizzlies finally got on the board when Wilkins scored an unassisted goal at the 5 minute, 27 second mark.
At the 10:27 mark Mundorf scored (assisted by Cameron Foster) a power-play goal to tie the game at 2.
It was short lived, however, as Boulder rallied for two quick goals to finish the second period with a 4-2 lead. The Grizzlies fought hard in the third period, but only Brendan Ward would be able to score (off of an assist by Carmichael) in the loss to eventual CPHL Champions Boulder.
Schyler Stratton finished with 25 saves for the game.
“We will miss this group of seniors,” coach Tim Cota said. “We do have some solid young players coming back and some skilled bantam players moving up that should fit in our system quite well [next year].”
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