Craig Red Dogs goalie Spencer Wayman snatches a Denver shot out of the air during the weekend’s Yampa Valley Invitational. Craig finished 1-3 while Denver won the 12-team tournament.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Craig Red Dogs goalie Spencer Wayman snatches a Denver shot out of the air during the weekend’s Yampa Valley Invitational. Craig finished 1-3 while Denver won the 12-team tournament.

Men’s hockey finishes 1-3

Lone home tournament for Craig Red Dogs brings out tough competition

Final results

  1. Denver

  2. Grand Junction

  3. Casper

  4. Steamboat Coyotes

Yampa Valley Invitational results

Results from the Jan. 8 to 10 Yampa Valley Invitational hockey tournament, played at the Moffat County Ice Arena:

Friday

Steamboat Coyotes 4, Steamboat Bruins 3

Glenwood Springs 5, Craig 2

Grand Junction 11, Denver II 3

Casper 2, Rock Springs 0

Denver II 5, Steamboat Coyotes 4

Denver I 7, Eagle 7

Laramie 5, Pinedale 1

Saturday

Grand Junction 5, Rock Springs 4

Casper 7, Craig 0

Denver I 2, Glenwood Springs 1

Eagle 7, Pinedale 4

Steamboat Bruins 4, Laramie 1

Casper 3, Denver II 1

Steamboat Bruins 6, Pinedale 3

Grand Junction 5, Laramie 4

Glenwood Springs 5, Rock Springs 2

Craig 6, Eagle 5

Rock Springs 6, Denver II 4

Steamboat Coyotes 5, Laramie 4

Steamboat Coyotes 7, Pinedale 2

Denver I 6, Craig 0

Sunday championship games

Casper 6, Steamboat Coyotes 4

Denver 6, Grand Junction 4

If Spencer Wayman didn’t know already, he found out Saturday.

Regardless of age, a good hockey player is a good hockey player.

Wayman, 18, was the goalie for the Craig Red Dogs in the Yampa Valley Invitational hockey tournament Friday through Sunday.

Although his team wasn’t able to make it to the championship round, Wayman said his competitors were tougher than expected.

“I was surprised,” he said. “They still have game. I was just a punk kid who thought they couldn’t score on me. They definitely earned my respect.”

The Yampa Valley Invi­tational, which was played at the Moffat County Ice Arena, featured 12 men’s hockey teams from Colorado and Wyoming.

Craig finished 1-3 on its home ice, but the caliber of the teams faced had a lot to do with that, Wayman said.

“We invited a lot of really, really good teams,” he said. “Every team here was quality.”

Craig was defeated, 5-2, by Glenwood Springs in the first round.

The Red Dogs lost to Casper (Wyo.), 7-0, to start the second round, then defeated Eagle, 6-5, before falling to Denver I, 6-0.

In the Sunday championship round, Casper beat the Steamboat Coyotes, 6-4, for third place, and Denver I knocked off Grand Junction, 6-4, to claim the top spot.

Wayman, who also plays for the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team, said he played well in the tournament.

“You can always play better,” he said. “I was just trying to keep us in the game and give us a chance to win.”

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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