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GREELEY, Colorado ” The Glenwood Grizzlies bantam A hockey team came through in Greeley last weekend, sweeping through their slate with wins over the Greeley Stampede (2-0) and Mountain States Renegades (3-0) in key league games.

The Grizzlies now control their own playoff destiny and sit in third place in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League.

Saturday’s game against the Stampede was hard fought, as evidenced by the 14 penalties spread between the two teams. Defensive play was the name of the game, as play remained scoreless through two periods.



Glenwood finally broke the ice with a power-play goal from Charles Macaulay (assisted by Levi Fetterhoff) slightly more than a minute into the third period.

The Grizzlies then had to fight off more than seven minutes of shorthanded play, including a 5-on-3 disadvantage.



At the 10 minute, 9 second mark in the third, Grizzly Cam Dacuma intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and broke free for an unassisted goal, sealing the victory.

Back at Greeley Ice Haus on Sunday morning, the Grizzlies looked to avenge an early-season loss to the Renegades, a group Glenwood’s given plenty of thought to.

Glenwood came out strong, peppering the Renegade goaltender with shot after shot.

Seven minutes into the game, newcomer Ben Coleman scored what would become the game-winning goal on a rebound shot from the slot. Macaulay picked up the assist.

The Grizzlies went down a man on a tripping call at 9:34. Regardless, Nathan Haas broke free from his own end and sniped a shorthanded goal with 1:55 to go in the first period. Boris Kulwiec got the assist.

The second period started with more of the same, as the Grizzly assault continued.

After failing to capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play, Joseph Capraro put home a rebound to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead with 2:16 remaining in the period.

In the third period, Glenwood locked down on defense and held the Renegades scoreless.

The final shot total read 27-11 in favor of the Grizzlies.

Glenwood goaltender Alex Parrish had a stingy weekend, keeping both foes off the scoreboard.

Glenwood’s bantam A team has the upcoming weekend off, but will return to the ice on Feb. 6 against Vail Eagle. The puck will drop at the Glenwood Springs Community Center rink at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a trip to Pueblo the next day.

For game schedules and more information, visit the Grizzlies’ website at http://www.grizzlyhockey.org.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink was home to exciting hockey games last weekend, with the Glenwood Grizzlies’ pee wee A team and squirt B team hosting the Mountain States Renegades Saturday and Sunday.

The pee wees started the action on Saturday, and the Renegades got off to a 2-0 lead after the first period en route to a 4-1 win.

Down 3-0 in the second period, the Grizzlies got on the board when Ryan Fitzgerald scored his second goal of the season to close the gap.

The Renegades responded with a goal two minutes later to round out the final score.

The goaltending of Grizzly keeper Jake Fegan kept the Renegades off the board in the third period.

Glenwood’s squirts took the ice next and celebrated their first goal ” and first lead of the season ” when Joel Rothman escaped for a breakaway goal. The Renegades responded to the Grizzly goal with multiple goals for their fifth straight win.

The action picked back up bright and early Sunday morning when the Grizzly pee wees had a rematch with the Renegades.

The Grizzlies scored first when Cole Guy took a pass from Brody Erickson and scored his second goal of the season.

The Renegades scored five of the game’s next six goals to pick up the 5-2 win.

Charles Apostolik scored Glenwood’s only other goal of the contest. The assist came from Nate Nieslanik.

The Grizzlies were outshot 25-8 for the game.

In the following game, the squirt Grizzlies were held scoreless in their loss and the Renegades were able to hold on to their playoff positioning with another win.

The Glenwood pee wee A team is composed of players 11 and 12 years old from Glenwood and the surrounding area and is coached by Steve Fitzgerald.

The Grizzlies’ squirt B team is made up of players 9 and 10 years old and is coached by Peer Erickson.

While still new to the league, the Glenwood Youth Hockey Association teams compete at the higher levels within the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League.

For more information, visit the Grizzlies’ website at http://www.grizzlyhockey.org.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado ” The Glenwood Grizzlies mite hockey team overcame icy roads along Interstate 70 to take on the Summit County Mites at Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge on Sunday.

The Glenwood mites rostered two separate teams to compete against Summit’s teams, with both handling all that Summit had.

Behind solid goaltending by Josh Cook and Ian Richardson, the Grizzlies’ skaters were able to concentrate on skilled skating, passing, shooting and defense.

As scores are not typically kept at the mite age level, the smiles on the Grizzlies’ faces were all that were needed to describe their performance.

The Grizzly mites look forward to hosting Summit on Feb. 7 at the Glenwood Spring Community Center rink. The mites are coached by Adam McPherson, and the team is composed of players 8 years old and under from Glenwood Springs and the surrounding area.

Seventeen mites are eligible to advance to the squirts (9- and 10-year-olds) next season.

Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey is open to youth 4-18 years old from Glenwood and neighboring locales.

For more information, visit the Grizzlies’ website at http://www.grizzlyhockey.org.


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