Since Day 1 this season Pikes Peak Miners have sat on top of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League standings. Winning their first 18 games of the season was a remarkable feat that may not be duplicated – ever in the RMJHL. Like all good things, it had to end.
That day came on December 2 when the visiting Colorado Rampage stunned the Miners 4-3, scoring the winning goal with just :08 remaining in regulation. Aleksey Sukhomlin was the hero for the Rampage, who won for the fifth time this season.
Jack Roussseau and Sukhomlin scored the only goals of the opening period to take a 2-0 lead into the break. Curtis Hartman got the Miners within one with a goal in the second before Christian Gums tied it early in the third.
Colorado would quickly resume their lead when Drew Martin scored just 1:03 after Pikes Peak had tied it. Another ten minutes had gone by before Stuart Stanley evened things at 3-3 at 13:03 of the third. Sukhomlin then scored his 11th goal of the season, second of the night at 19:52 to give the Rampage the win.
The following night Pikes Peak began what they hope will be another long win streak, defeating the Rampage in dominating fashion 7-2. Gums scored twice while Kole Mudra netting four goals and an assist. Mudra now leads the league in scoring with 23 goals, 14 assists in 20 games played.
Colorado Rampage (5-12-0-0) return home at Monument Ice Rinks next weekend hosting Steamboat Wranglers (6-6-1-4) in a two-game set. Pikes Peak are idle next week.