Second Round Battle of Demon Boys Hockey Commences

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Jaymin Kanzer, Reporter/Sports Editor

After beating the Colombine Rebels in the first round of the playoffs, the Glenwood Springs Demons varsity hockey team lost in the second round against the Chaparral Wolverines.

A successful season for the Demons came to an end Friday, as the Demons battled hard against the Wolverines, but tough penalties hurt the Demons and the Wolverines capitalized on the power plays and put six past senior goalie Hunter Hadsock. 

The Demons started off on top thanks to a shorthanded goal from senior captain Ryan Kotz with eight minutes remaining in the first period. A quick turn around for the Wolverines and a couple of questionable penalties resulted in two quick goals for the Wolverines. The Wolverines weren’t done there though, putting two more in before the end of the first period. 

“We tried to battle back, but it’s difficult against a team with the skill sets of the Wolverines,” said head coach Tim Cota in an interview by The Post Independent

The Wolverines put another one in the back of the net five minutes into the second, to go up 5-1, but the Demons answered quickly after that. Junior Colter Strautman shortened the lead with an assist from Kotz and senior Sean Mooney. Then late in the second, Kotz lit the buzzer once again with 3:50 left in the second. Assist coming from Strautman, and junior Conner Powell. 

Halfway through the second period, a huge hit from senior Cole Houston left a player from Chaparral with a broken arm, collarbone, and stitches on his chin. A controversial hit from behind call resulted in Houston being kicked out of the game with a game misconduct. 

“Even though it was a big hit, know it was a clean hit. It just upset me because I put the team in a bad situation, and I wanted to play for the rest of the game. It also causes me to miss the first game of baseball,” Houston said. 

The Wolverines put one more past Hadsock during the third period to set the 6-3 victory in stone. Hadsock faced 47 shots and saved 41 of them. The Demons played short-handed for almost two whole periods, taking 12 penalties over the course of the game, and the Wolverines took advantage of the upper hand, which resulted in half of their goals. 

Nine seniors played their last game in a Demons jersey. Ryan Kotz, Sean Mooney, Kelton McPherson, Dylan Webster, Cole Houston, Jaeson Brown, Hunter Lohse, and Hunter Hadsock are all saying goodbye to Glenwood and are moving on to better things. 

“We wish good luck to all our seniors to all their future endeavors, and we look forward to our underclassmen working hard to compete at a level that this senior class has established,”  The Post Independent