COLORADO SPRINGS — Last season, Glenwood Springs High school’s hockey team failed to qualify for the postseason.

Now, the No. 1 seeded Demons are one win away from a state championship after their 3-1 victory against No. 4 seeded Colorado Academy at the Broadmoor World Arena on March 4.

The Demons, whose hockey program began in 2018, head to the title game at the University of Denver’s Magness Arena on March 7.

Glenwood Springs’ victory marks the second time the Demons beat the Mustangs this year. Glenwood also earned a 3-2 win on Feb 10.

In their February tilt, the Demons had three players – Jett Whetherred, Ryan Rigney and Brayden Dacuna – score goals.

In the semifinals, a pair of Jacobs — Roggie and Stockdill — shouldered the scoring load.

Roggie notched two goals, one in the first and second period, while Stockdill added his in the second.

”I knew we needed to score more than one goal, I didn’t believe this would be a close game,” Roggie said. “I’m happy we played so well together and have the chance to prove ourselves again in the finals.”

Roggie scored on a chip shot with 2:01 left in the first to make it 1-0 Demons.

Roggie netted his second goal on clean up duty after a shot bounced off the post, found his stick and he launched it into the net to build Glenwood’s lead to 2-0 with 2:53 left in the second period.

“That felt amazing,” Roggie said. “The puck fell in front of me and I just had to get to it before anyone [from Colorado Academy] could clear it.”

Stockdill followed 62 seconds later with a rocket past the Colorado Academy keeper’s gloves to make it 3-0 with 1:51 left in the second.

Colorado Academy managed a goal late in the game as Asher Stull connected with 4:49 left in the game to make it 3-1.

Demons coach Tim Cota said “it’s been a joy” to watch his team blossom since last season.

Glenwood Springs had a “hungry group” of freshmen and upperclassmen who Cota said have not stopped skating since last Memorial Day.

“We always have that ham-and-egg sense that at any given moment any of those kids can be ‘the guy’ on the ice,” Cota said. “When we ended the season last year, we knew we had a good foundation. The camaraderie in that locker room is tremendous and it shows when we play.”


(3) Cheyenne Mountain 7, (2) Steamboat Springs 1

(Marcus Hill)

Cheyenne Mountain High School had seven players finish with a goal at the Broadmoor World Arena in their 7-1 victory March 4 against Steamboat Springs to return to the title game

The No. 3 seeded Red-Tailed Hawks’ onslaught began in the opening period against the No. 2 seed Sailors midway through the frame.

The Red-Tailed Hawks scored twice in the first starting with Matty Kelleher at 11:02 and Kaden Ochsendorf built a 2-0 lead with 9:17 remaining.

That lead swelled to 3-0 after Cole Taylor scored with 11:27 left in the second frame.

Steamboat Springs’ Landon Smith boosted the Sailors’ spirits with a power-play goal with 7:52 on the clock to make it 3-1.

However, Tanner Damgaard and Sammy Bonnett swiftly struck in the final minute — at 57.9 and 43 seconds, respectively, to pad the Red-Tailed Hawks’ lead to 5-1 after two.

Both teams engaged in multiple skirmishes in the final period that resulted in a host of players going to the penalty box.

This didn’t slow Cheyenne Mountain’s attack, though, as the Red-Tailed Hawks scored goals 11 seconds apart.

Philip Brimble made it 6-1 with 6:02 on the clock swiftly followed by Alex Ortiz’s shot that made it 7-1 with 5:51 left in the game.

The Red-Tailed Hawks advanced to the title game where they’ll face No. 1 seed Glenwood Springs on March 7 at University of Denver’s Magness Arena.