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Breaking the ice: Team Colorado boys make their tourney debut in Minnesota

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 04/23/21, 10:30AM MDT

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Hub exclusive: Team Colorado opened its first CCM High School NIT Thursday night with a 7-2 loss to the Michigan Seniors team.

Team Colorado's Riley Hunt-Bahn gets off a shot during the first period of Thursday's boys’ CCM High School NIT game against the Michigan Seniors. Hunt-Bahn opened the scoring in Colorado’s 7-2 loss to Michigan. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Team Colorado's Riley Hunt-Bahn gets off a shot during the first period of Thursday's boys’ CCM High School NIT game against the Michigan Seniors. Hunt-Bahn opened the scoring in Colorado’s 7-2 loss to Michigan. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Team Colorado goalie Sam Simon makes a blocker save against the Michigan Seniors in the boys’ CCM High School National Invitational Tournament in Plymouth, Minnesota. Colorado feel to Michigan 7-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Team Colorado goalie Sam Simon makes a blocker save against the Michigan Seniors in the boys’ CCM High School National Invitational Tournament in Plymouth, Minnesota. Colorado feel to Michigan 7-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

It seemed fitting that two of Colorado’s top high school scorers —Riley Hunt-Bahn of Cherry Creek and Nolan Devine of Fort Collins — would be the catalysts for the Team Colorado boys’ offense on Thursday. 

The output from those two forwards, however, proved to be insufficient. After falling behind Team Colorado 1-0, the Michigan Seniors came back with three unanswered goals and eventually cruised to a 7-2 victory at Plymouth Ice Center in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Thursday’s game marked the first appearance for a team from Colorado in the CCM High School National Invitational Tournament. The event, held in Minnesota each year, features top high school players from states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Dakota.

Team Colorado's Robert Dembeck (left) tangles with a Michigan Seniors player on the way into the corner Thursday at the boys' CCM High School NIT in Plymouth, Minnesota. Colorado lost to Michigan 7-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Team Colorado's Robert Dembeck (left) tangles with a Michigan Seniors player on the way into the corner Thursday at the boys' CCM High School NIT in Plymouth, Minnesota. Colorado lost to Michigan 7-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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