Pikes Peak Miners are 30 games into their Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League season sporting a league-best 27-3-0-0 record. Their closest competition, the Aspen Leafs, sit 21 points back after another two-game weekend sweep over the weekend.
Hosting the Colorado Thunderbirds, who earlier this season handed the Miners one of their three losses, Pikes Peak scored 15 goals in the two games played at World Arena Ice Hall. The result was a pair of victories (10-2 and 5-2) and one step closer to clinching the regular season title.
The Friday night opener began well for the Thunderbirds, who scored first when Brayden Mannek buried his first of two goals at 3:55. From that moment on the game belonged to the Miners. Patrick Alldredge tied the game on the first of his two goals on the night just 1:58 after the opening goal.
Goals by Kole Mudra and Curtis Hartman gave Pikes Peak a 3-1 lead at second intermission. Two early third period tallies made it 5-1 before Colorado would snap the run. Mudra then broke the game wide open scoring another on his way to a five-point game.
Lars Culver and Hartman each finished with four points (one goal, three assists) while Paul Norris would notch three assists for the Miners. Shot totals at the end of regulation had Pikes Peak with a 64-35 advantage.
The following day the two met once again with the game having a slightly different feel. A first period goal by Hartan was answered early in the second when Anthony Flores tied it for the Thunderbirds. Alldredge gave the Miners the lead back, but Colorado tied it once again when Devin Coombe found the back of the net near the midway point of the second period.
Then at 13:26 Mudra scored what would be the game-winner on an even strength goal. Brody Bryce scored the final two tallies of the game to send home the Thunderbirds with a pair of losses.
Goaltender Erik Anderson made 25 saves to improve his record to 16-0-0-0.