Cougar pee wees finish magical season without fairy tale ending

Front Range hockey is fast and furious.

At least that's the kind of hockey that the Hyland Hills Black Pee Wee team showed the Craig Cougars on Friday in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association's state playoff tournament.

"(Hyland) had three lines with everyone of their players as fast as our fastest guy," coach Terry Pettigrew said.

"We seemed a little slow, but I don't know if that is from not practicing together during spring break or that Hyland was just that much faster."

The Hyland team tallied nine goals and shut out the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League champions.

"I was proud of our guys because they didn't get frustrated," Pettigrew said. "Before each game, each player looks me in the eyes and says, 'I will give 100 percent,' and they did that."

The Cougars went into the post season with a 9-12-1 record and in the lower half of the RMYHL standings.

They went 3-1 to win the Northern Division tournament and then went 3-0 in the RMYHL championships. A 9-0 loss didn't take that late-season surge away from them.

"They're still the Rocky Moun-tain Youth League champions," Pettigrew said.

"That is something positive for us to build on."

Hyland went on to win the state title with a 3-2 win against the Foothills' No. 1 team Saturday.

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