Preps roundup: Crested Butte plays Demons hockey to 4-4 tie; Coal Ridge boys basketball wins big
A road trip to Crested Butte Saturday for the Glenwood Springs boys hockey team proved challenging, after another key Peak League game against Summit was postponed Friday night due to the weather.
Once the ice shavings had settled, though, the Demons (8-4-2, 4-2-1 league) came away with a 4-4 tie after overtime to keep their hopes alive in the race for a league title.
Glenwood held the 4-3 lead with just 1:20 to play in the third period after senior Colter Strautman scored an even-strength goal 3 minutes earlier. But the Titans’ Graham Barrett had an answer to send the game into a scoreless 5-minute overtime.
“We didn’t play well in the second period and took some penalties,” Glenwood coach Tim Cota said in an e-mailed recap of the action.
With the score 1-1 after a first-period goal from Demon senior Ryan Kotz on a power play and a Crested Butte (7-7-1, 2-6-1) answer from Jack Lambert to open the second, also on a power play, penalty-box time took its toll for Glenwood.
The Demons found themselves down 2-1 going into the third. Strautman tied it back up at 2 apiece 6:43 into the final frame on an assist from senior Dylan Webster.
Lambert would again score for the Titans less than 2 minutes later, and Glenwood’s Sean Mooney found the net at 9:55 to tie it back up (assist Strautman).
“We struggled in the second period because our defensive lapses, but made some adjustments in the third period to take control,” Webster said. “Crested Butte’s goalie (Shaughn Rourke) kept it close with some keys saves on us.”
The coaching staff noted they were proud of the Demons’ third period performance, and how they reacted to the below-average second period.
“We went on the road knowing 2 points would be tough in the conference. We got one, which was a fight as they challenged us the entire game,” defensive coach Bryan Gonzales said.
Coal Ridge 74, Cedaredge 36
The Coal Ridge High boys jumped out to a 36-17 lead at halftime, and never looked back against the host Cedaredge Bruins Saturday afternoon.
The team was led by Austin Gerber’s 20 points, while Hank DiMarco had 11. Moises Contreras and Daniel Sanchez added 10 each.
The Titans improve to 11-4 on the season and 5-1 in the race for the 3A Western Slope League championship.
Elsewhere: Grand Valley defeated Basalt at home, 57-50, to improve to 10-6 and 4-2 in league.
Cedaredge 68, Coal Ridge 49
A tight first half for the Lady Titans on the road at Cedaredge saw the Lady Bruins up 31-28 at the half, before the host team went on a 24-7 run in the third quarter to seal the deal. The Titans drop to 8-7 overall and 3-3 in league play.
Next up for both the Coal Ridge boys and girls will be a non-league game against Eagle Valley on Tuesday.
Grand Valley 60, Basalt 27
The Lady Cardinals dominated the visiting Basalt Longhorns in a league contest that saw the host team up 33-18 at the half before limiting Basalt to just 9 points in the second half for the 60-27 win. Grand Valley goes to 12-4 overall and 4-2 in league.
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