Unbeaten still, the Pikes Peak Miners (13-0-0-0) escaped Steamboat on Saturday behind a four-goal effort from Kole Mudra. It was the 13th-straight win for the Miners to start the new season.
A second-year veteran, Mudra opened scoring just 5:40 into the game with a wicked shot to beat the Wranglers goaltender. Steamboat responded with a solid effort in the opening frame with goals by Cameron Knowlton and James Shelton to lead 2-1 at intermission.
Just :28 into the second period Mudra tied the game with Trevor Paradise picking up his second assist on the goal. Kameron Fink would give the Wranglers a 3-2 advantage minutes later before Mudra netted his hat trick to tie the game a 3-3.
Despite outshooting the Miners 25-19 Steamboat found themselves even at the second intermission. Goaltender Matty Taylor made 14 saves in the second period on his way to a 30-save effort.
After a scoreless third period the teams headed to overtime where it did not take long for Mudra to end it. After winning the faceoff Steamboat sent the puck into the Miners zone. Taylor set the puck up behind his own net for Mudra, who then skated end-to-end burying the puck just :18 into overtime.
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The four goals scored by Mudra was the second instance this season. The forward from Kirkwood, Missouri also scored four on November 5 against the Colorado Thunderbirds.
Steamboat (4-5-1-2) have an off-week to prepare for their three-game road trip weekend November 26-28. The Miners will look to extend their streak next weekend facing Aspen Leafs at Lewis Arena.