The Midgets, Telluride's oldest boys' youth team, welcomed Gunnison to their home ice on Saturday for their first pre-season game. Despite falling to the Gunnison team 4-1 in the scrimmage, coach John Cohn said the quickly approaching regular season looks promising for Telluride's Midgets.
"They were showing a lot of promise out there, and I anticipate we'll see a lot of good things out of this team once we get into the heart of the season," Cohn said following the match, in which veteran Midget Charlie Cohn scored the team's sole goal and goalkeeper Ryan Roth battled valiantly in front of the net to make a number of key saves.
The Midgets' younger counterparts, the PeeWees, took their A-game on the road over the weekend, traveling to Durango to play the Albuquerque Ice Breakers in a non-league game on Saturday. Victory eluded them as well, however, losing 5-0, but Lizard Head Club board member and PeeWee dad, Kevin Swain, said that with a few more weeks of practice the team should be a force to be reckoned with by the time regular season games begin.
"Competitively they may have been just a few weeks behind [the Albuquerque team], but watching the game gave us reason to be optimistic," Swain said.
With continued guidance from team leaders Ryan Swain, Luke Farny, Sandy Brown, Conner Cesario, and goalie Noah Schwadron, the PeeWees are sure to come into their own as the season progresses, Swain added. PeeWee players Thad Pryor and Willie Frownfelter (Frownfelter played on the Colorado Select hockey team for 10-year-olds last season) moved up from the Squirts division this winter and are sure to add new energy and spark to the team.
"Moving up into the next division is always a big jump for these kids, but with a few more weeks of practice they'll be right in there with the team's leaders," Swain said.