Sporting a season record of 30-5-0-0 the Pikes Peak Miners have found many ways to win this year in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. Last weekend they found a way to comeback from a two-goal deficit several times in the same game! By the end of the two games against visiting Colorado Rampage the Miners put 18 goals on the scoreboard and another two victories – clinching the RMJHL regular season title.
The series opener started out great for the Rampage scoring twice in the opening 1:19 of the game. Brenden Polaski scored just :50 into the game while teammate Jaren Panick found the back of the net shortly after for a 2-0 lead. It wouldn’t last long though after goals from Christian Gums and Patrick Alldredge tied it by the 3:07 mark. Curtis Hartman then game the Miners a lead just past the midway point of the first period.
Defense tightend in the second period and Colorado retook the lead behind tallies from Jack Rousseau and Aleksey Sukhomlin. The Rampage lead grew to 5-3 when Sukhomlin scored again just :34 into the third period.
As all of the league has seen this season, the Miners keep coming at you and a Brody Boyce goal cut the lead to one at 2:23. A power play goal from Quinton Reynolds restored the two-goal advantage though with just over seven minutes to play.
Pikes Peak kept the pressure on and earned a late power play of their own. Kole Mudra would score at 17:45 to make the score 6-5. Then with just :15 on the clock the Miners tied the game on a goal scored by Paul Norris.
With momentum and another power play in overtime Pikes Peak finished their comeback with JP Nolette scoring the game winner at 2:04 into the extra frame. Final shot totals had the Miners with a 52-36 advantage. The Rampage paid the price for their 41 minutes of penalties in the loss.
The following night would see a much different outcome as Pikes Peak cruised to an 11-3 victory. The Miners would score five times before the Rampage got on the scoreboard then kept coming at the weary Colorado defense. Shot totals in this game ended at 65-24.
Alldredge, Nollette and Norris each scored twice while Lars Culver finished with four points (1 goal, 3 assists). Connor Anderson, Gums and Hartman also contributed three points each.