Youth Hockey Roundup
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The 2008-09 Glenwood Grizzlies midget major A hockey team opened its season last weekend at the Vail Eagle Hockey Association’s (VEHA) Thanksgiving Memorial Classic.
With a little help from the midget minor players, the Grizzlies went 2-2 and finished second overall, falling to VEHA 5-1 in the opener and 3-1 in the championship and beating the Grand Valley Junior Mavericks 4-3 and Arvada 4-0.
VEHA was already in its fifth game of the season, and the team’s experience showed.
VEHA controlled the game early and never let the Grizzlies gain any rhythm in the opener.
VEHA took a 3-0 lead going into the third period before Tony Bosco put the Grizzlies on the board. Daniel Abshire provided the assist. VEHA scored twice more, though, to round out the score.
Later Friday evening, the Grizzlies took on the Grand Valley Junior Mavericks from Grand Junction. The teams had never faced each other, yet they had an intriguing connection before the game ever started.
The Grizzlies were still without starting goaltender Michael Brunk, and the backup netminder was committed to the bantam team for the weekend. So the Grizzlies reached out to other local associations to roster a goalie for the tournament. Grand Valley offered up their goaltender, Anthony “A.J.” Harmon, who had just been cut from their A team.
Harmon, thrilled to face his old team, faced 26 shots from his former teammates and stopped 23. He also drew the first penalty when a former teammate was called for roughing (the goalie).
The offensive lines pieced together by head coach Jon Thompson worked well with the midget major lines and midget minor lines, each scoring. Abshire started the scoring early in the first period with an assist from Peter Freyschlag, and Ryan Young scored three minutes later with an unassisted goal.
The second period opened with Tanner Wood scoring with an assist from Bosco. Freyschlag, Young and Abshire all combined again for a Freyschlag goal with both Young and Abshire assisting.
Saturday afternoon found the Grizzlies in control of their own destiny. Should they tie or win their third game of the tournament, they would face undefeated VEHA in the tournament championship. Glenwood faced Arvada, which was winless for the tourney.
Near the end of the first period, Abshire scored first with an assist from Wood. That proved to be the winning goal.
The Grizzlies continued their controlled play in the second period with Freyschlag adding to his tournament points with a goal. Dylan Cook and Jonathan Angelo assisted.
A few minutes later, Cook struck again with a breakaway goal and, in the third period, Bosco scored the final goal with Abshire and Wood assisting.
The win put Glenwood in the final against VEHA.
In the championship, VEHA overcame 22 third-period minutes in the penalty box to win.
Abshire scored the Grizzlies’ only goal in a disciplined weekend of hockey for a team playing its first games of the season.
The Eagle Memorial tournament was held in memory of former VEHA hockey players Jake Brock and Miles May and is played each year over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Both boys played hockey at the rink and lost their lives in tragic accidents.
The Grizzlies midget minor A team continues its season against Greeley at 7:45 p.m. Friday evening at the Glenwood Ice Rink.
The midget major A team opens its season Sunday afternoon at home against Renegades. The puck drops at 4:15 p.m. on that one.
Midget major teams consist of players, 18 and under, and midget minor teams are comprised of players 16 and under.
All games are free to the public. Information on the Glenwood youth hockey program is available at http://www.grizzlyhockey.org.
The Glenwood Grizzlies pee wee youth hockey team had a strong showing at the Thanksgiving Memorial Classic in Eagle. The Grizzlies went 1-1-1 over the weekend.
Against the Vail Eagle team in the tourney opener, the Grizzlies fought to a 2-all tie.
Glenwood followed by topping Vail Eagle 3-2 in come-from-behind fashion, and the tourney ended for the Grizzlies with a 1-0 loss to the Foothill Flyers from Littleton.
In the win over Vail Eagle, Glenwood jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period with a goal by Ryan Fitzgerald on an assist by Sam Carmer.
Eagle/Vail bounced back with two quick goals to go up before Glenwood rallied in the third with two unanswered strikes.
The Grizzlies’ Jake Fegan, on an assist from Tias Dacuma, and Fitzgerald struck for the tying and go-ahead goals.
Against the Flyers, goaltenders Jake Fegan and Tucker Jenkins kept the game close.
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