The Glenwood Springs Demons varsity hockey team has come to a bit of a skid after starting the season off very strong.
The Demons have hit the tough part of their schedule, playing two of the top five teams. When the 4th ranked Chaparral came to town, the Demons held their ground, with lots of help from their senior goalie Hunter ‘Haddy’ Hadsock. Haddy faced 56 shots through regulation and only let three shots past him. The Demons built off of his confidence and put three past the top-ranked Chaparral goalie. The Demons leading goal scorer, junior Colter Strautman, lit up the buzzer twice, and his linemate, senior Ryan Kotz, beat the goalie to tie the score at three.
The score stayed knotted up 3-3 when the horn sounded to end the third period. CHSAA rules states that a five minute overtime should occur if the score is tied at the end of regulation. The puck dropped and the Demons went to work. They pounded the Chaparral goalie and defense for the whole five minutes. The only time a change happened was when the Wolverines iced the puck so they could get a breather. Unfortunately, the Demons weren’t able to light the buzzer one last time and the score stayed the same at the end of overtime.
Penalties punished the Demons severely in this game. They were short-handed for almost an entire period over the course of this game. This resulted in a power-play goal by the Wolverines, one that could have been preserved if the team was at even strength.
“We were out playing them when it was 5v5,” junior Nolan Mcpherson said.
Four days later, the Demons traveled to Denver to compete against the Denver East Angels.
The Demons were up 2-0 at the end of the first period, but allowed four goals in the second and couldn’t come all the way back. At the end of the contest, the scoreboard read 5-4 in favor of the Angels.
Friday 31st, the Crested Butte Titans made the trek to Glenwood in a league matchup. A very long drive and penalties hurt the Titans badly and the Demons won the game 5-2.
The Demons then traveled to Crested Butte to match up with the Titans once again. The Titans brought their A-game this time, going up 2-1 at the end of two. The Demons came back in the third, scoring three unanswered with three minutes left in the third. But on an unfortunate breakaway by the Titans knotted the game at fours at the end of regulation. The Demons battled hard in the extra five minutes but weren’t able to put one past the Titans goaltender.
As of now, the Demons are ranked second in league play, falling behind the Summit Tigers. With only five games left in the regular season, the Demons are going to have to step it up to get that always important first-round bye in the playoffs. This week, the Steamboat Springs Sailors travel to town to play on Wednesday, then Coronado Cougars will make the drive all the way from Colorado Springs to go head to head against the Demons on Friday. Make sure to come to both games and show your support!