Squirt C Grizzlies win CAHA state title
Competing in the Colorado Amatuer Hockey Association’s state tournament in Denver this past weekend, the Glenwood Springs Grizzlies Squirt C team won the state championship by knocking off the Grand Junction Coyotes Squirt C team, 3-2, Saturday before then knocking off the Colorado Springs Tigers Squirt C team in the championship game, 5-2, Sunday to clinch the state championship.
Prior to reaching the state finals, the Squirt C team went 2-1 March 4-5 in pool play to earn a berth, beating Rampage 3-1 and Arvada 8-2 before losing to Grand Junction 5-4.
At the state tournament, Glenwood would take on Grand Junction in the first game of the finals. Against the Coyotoes, the Grizzlies rolled to a 3-2 win as Jace Olson would give the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead early in the first period before Grand Junction would tie it at 1-1 after one period of play.
Following a scoreless second period, Olson and Jimmy Hall would stretch the Glenwood lead to 3-1 midway through the third period before Junction would find the back of the net late in the period to close to within one goal before Glenwood was able to hold off the Coyotes.
In the win, Catcher Davis stood tall in the net for the Grizzlies, setting up a state championship showdown against Colorado Springs Sunday afternoon.
Against the Tigers, Glenwood would get first period goals from Olson and Jacob Stockdill to hold a 2-1 lead after one period of play.
Lucas Chartier would stretch the Glenwood lead to 3-1 early in the second period before the Tigers would score late in the period to pull to within 3-2 heading into the final period of play with the state championship on the line.
In the final period, goals from Jacob Roggie and Olson to take a 5-2 lead in what would be the eventual winning score, giving the Grizzlies the state championship.
What a way to finish a great season,” Squirt C co-Head Coach Bill Hall said. “The kids played their best games of the season in the state tournament. What an amazing group of kids. They have come so far this year so very proud of all of our Squirt C’s. It has been an honor and a privilege to coach them and be a part of this great and fun season.”
“It’s hard to come up with any words to describe how proud I am of these young men,” Squirt C co-Head Coach Bryce Olson said. “I’m simply speechless, and will just be smiling quietly into October. If you would have asked me in October if this team would win the states this year I would have given you a generic response.”
Along with the Squirt C team, the PeeWee B team and the Midget Major A team competed in the CAHA state tournament in Denver this past weekend. However, neither team was able to match the Squirt C team with a state championship as the PeeWee B team finished second and the Midget Major A team finished third in the tournament.
In Denver, the PeeWee B team started off the tournament with a tie against Arapahoe PeeWee Navy B team, 0-0, before then losing to the Jr. Buffs 7-3 in the final game of the weekend.
Against the Jr. Buffs, Glenwood would get goals from Avner Mangot, Cooper Luetke and Ross Barlow, but it wouldn’t be enough to top the Buffs, giving the Grizzlies the second-place finish.
“I would just [like to] say how incredibly proud I am for the remarkable effort and determination the boys showed all season long,” PeeWee B Head Coach Jeremy Joslin said. “ There were numerous times where we found ourselves down a few goals, but they just kept battling and believing in one another. All their hard work was ultimately rewarded by getting to play in the finals of the state tournament at the Pepsi Center. I think that experience is something everyone on the team will remember forever! I am grateful for the opportunity to coach such a great group of young men.”
In the Midget Major A tournament, the Grizzlies would start with a tie against Regis, 3-3, as Ryan Kotz, Brody Bittner and Keenan Winger scored first-period goals for the Grizzlies.
Following the tie against Regis, Glenwood would pick up a 4-2 win over Arapahoe as Billet Porter gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead after one period of play.
Arapahoe would tie the game at 1-1 early in the second period before Sam Liotta would break the tie to make it 2-1. Erich Albrecht would then score two straight goals in the period to give the Grizzlies a 4-1 lead after two periods of play.
Arapahoe would add one goal in the third period, but they wouldn’t be able to battle back against the Grizzlies as Hunter Hadsock stood tall in net.
In the final game of the weekend, Glenwood would fall 4-2 to Cherry Creek despite tying the game at 2-2 in the second period thanks to goals from Albrecht and Hyland Barabe.
Wrapping up the season, the Grizzlies finished with 7 league banners, including the two won over this past weekend, marking the best season in program history.
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