Grizzlies Pee Wee team captures championship |

Grizzlies Pee Wee team captures championship

Joe Proudman
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (TDT) – In the seven years the Tahoe Grizzlies youth hockey organization has been hosting the Tahoe Invitational, its teams have never won a championship game. On Monday, that changed, when the Pee Wee team beat Santa Rosa 4-3 at the Tahoe Ice Arena.

“We got the victory, so that’s the big deal. We’ve been in four championship games this year, so we’ve been on the end of it; we’re losing it sometimes, so we’re pretty pumped to be walking away winners,” said Pee Wee coach Frank Guebello.

Santa Rosa got the jump on the Grizzlies, going up 2-0 early in the first period. But Guebello wasn’t worried.

“We just try to keep on going, and that’s our whole game plan our whole time,” he said. “We weren’t nervous or anything, we knew we had the guys to come back.”The Grizzlies kept peppering the Flyers goal, and finally broke through with a goal right after Santa Rosa’s second. Mickey Sullivan sent the puck high from the left side of the goal, that found space between the goalies glove and head. Reed Lequerica scored the equalizer with five minutes left in the first, after putting a nice move on the defender that turned him around, he sent a long shot to make it 2-2.

Tahoe immediately scored again to go up 3-2, with a shot that trickled into the goal by Lucas Demsar. Tahoe’s final goal came with just over two minutes in the first period. Katherine Sonntag won a face off and sent a pass in front of the net to a waiting Lequerica, who put it in for a two-goal lead.

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