Four games were played in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League over the weekend and one team is still standing on top – Pikes Peak Miners. With two more league victories the Miners (9-0-0-0) remain perfect while opening an eight point lead in the standings.
Pikes Peak began their weekend road trip to Monument for a showdown with the Colorado Rampage on Friday. In their toughest test to-date, the Miners narrowly escaped with a 2-1 victory.
Drew Martin gave the Rampage a 1-0 lead in the first before a ferocious Miners attack in the second period yielded the tying goal from Patrick Alldredge. Pikes Peak pounded the net with 21 shots in the period yet still were tied 1-1 heading into the third.
Colorado were nearly as dominant in the third, outshooting the Miners 15-5, but Lars Carver scored the lone goal to win it for Pikes Peak.
Erik Anderson (4-0-0-0) stopped 33 of 34 shots to earn the win in net. A Chanhassen, Minn. native, he leads all league goaltenders with a dazzling 0.98 GAA and .978 save%.
On Saturday the two teams were back on the ice, this time ending with a dominant 5-1 Miners win. A hat trick by Alldredge along with goals by Kole Mudra and Christian Gums led Pikes Peak to their ninth-straight victory to open the RMJHL season.
Matty Taylor got the start in net for the Miners and made 34 saves for his fifth win.
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Pikes Peak will be on the road again next weekend for a pair against Colorado Thunderbirds.
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