Opening the season with 18-straight wins has the Pikes Peak Miners (22-2-0-0) comfortably in front of the RMJHL. Their closest competition, Aspen Leafs (12-8-1-1) are 18 points back with the regular season just past the midway point.
Coming into the final games of 2016 the Miners had split their most recent two weekend series’ against the Colorado Rampage and Colorado Thunderbirds. The Miners arrived at Old Foothills Ice Arena on December 30 looking to begin a new streak and did just that sweeping the pair against the host Thunderbirds.
It wasn’t easy in the series opener, but goaltender Erik Anderson proved once again why he is the top goaltender in the league – stopping 43 of 45 shots. Goals from Paul Norris, Trevor Paradise and Kole Mudra were enough this night as Pikes Peak won 3-2.
New Year’s Eve saw the teams in another close one, with the game tied with under four minutes remaining in the second. Christian Gums and Paradise gave the Miners an early 2-0 advantage, but Colorado got two of their own from Eric Wilson and Anthony Flores to tie it.
Then the Miners offense did what they have done so often this season, scoring four-straight goals to put no doubt in the result. A last minute shorthanded goal by Joe Losasso made the final score 6-3.
Pikes Peak will be back home next weekend playing host to the Steamboat Wranglers (10-8-1-4). Colorado Thunderbirds are idle.
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