Hockey team prepares for the Colorado Cup tournament

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With an 11-1-1 record the Craig bantam hockey team has been relatively unchallenged this season. That will all change Saturday when they face off against teams from around the county at the Colorado Cup tournament in Colorado Springs.

"This is the biggest and probably the toughest tournament we'll be at this season," said co-captain Jacob Pearson.

"If we don't go in ready we'll be in the losers bracket quickly."

The Cougars' only loss came this year when, according to the captains, the team didn't mentally show up in a game against Vail.

"We never mentally woke up for that game," said co-captain Bryan Wojtkiewicz. "We came back and beat them, 7-1, the next game

so it showed how much better we were."

Coach John Pearson said before the tournament had even started that he knew it would be good for his team.

"This will be a way to find out what to do when we face consistently good teams," he said. "We just have to go down there and play the best hockey we can."

The tournament has been something the team has been looking forward to ever since they received their schedules.

"Coach has been talking to us about how big this tournament will be," Wojtkiewicz said. "We're anxious to see what it will be like."

There will be 120 teams in Colorado Springs for the tournament hosted by the Colorado Springs Amateur

Hockey Association.

The tournament will run through Monday, which presents an opportunity for the team to have an additional day of school after missing today since they had to been in Colorado Spring tonight to be ready for their first game at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

"It's nice that we get to take some time from school," Pearson said. "Maybe if we play well, we can miss Monday, too."

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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