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Team Colorado girls roundup: 16U girls fighting through injuries to stay near top of the standings

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 10/13/21, 12:15PM MDT

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Hub exclusive: Despite not being at full strength, the team continues to play at a high level against some of the nation's top teams.


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Looking at the 16U National Girls Hockey League (NGHL) standings, it’d be safe to say Team Colorado is one of the league’s top teams. The team is doing it, however, without its full arsenal of talent.

That included this past weekend at the Columbus Day tournament in Massachusetts. That team went 4-1 to continue an impressive start to the season that includes just three losses in the team’s first 15 games. 

To open the tournament, Team Colorado picked up tight victories. It started with a 1-0 win against the Boston Advantage. The lone goal was scored by Shayla Beaudette. She’s an ‘07 birth year, putting her on the younger side of things at the 16U level. However. She’s been an offensive catalyst for her team.

“The girls have rallied around her,” said Team Colorado coach Brent Bohn. “It makes what’s happening with the group that much more special.”

The team’s second win came in a shootout, 2-1 against the Rome Grizzlies.

Day two of the tournament saw Team Colorado continue its winning ways. That included a 4-0 win against Ironbound Elite followed by a 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Little Flyers. The team rallied from a 1-0 deficit with both of its goals coming in the third period.

In its final game of the weekend, Team Colorado suffered its first loss of the tournament in a 2-0 loss to the Florida Alliance. It was the only game of the tournament where Team Colorado allowed more than one goal. 

According to Bohn, the staunch defense is a combination of the team’s strong goaltending and good defensive unit. This past weekend that included the return of blueliner Sydney Perincheril. It was her first weekend back after a significant surgery that sidelined her beginning this past December.

Next up for Team Colorado is a trip to Minnesota for the National Invitational Tournament. The team continues its season still looking to get its entire roster healthy.

“I’m excited to see what this team can do when it’s at full health,” Bohn said. “We want to communicate in Minneapolis just how good we are.”
 

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