The Thunder organization is used to playing from the top of the Rocky Mountain Division, but after this weekend they should get use to looking up.
“We just are not playing to our potential. The Miners came into our place and played with great emotion and yes we pulled out two wins, but they played us well and we have no reason to think that they can’t beat us. Then we go away Sunday believing we are ok where we are – well we’re not! Splitting with the Prowlers puts us in a spot where we may need to battle throughout the playoffs instead of that 1st round bye. It’s just not the position we wanted to be in at this time of year. Every team out here has the ability to knock off another.” ranted GM Dave Needham.
While on the floor the Thunder collected 3 wins in the 4 games played, the real success of the weekend was the money raised for the Fallen Officers Memorial here in Colorado Springs. Thanks to the tremendous help of the Thunder fans and the night’s sponsors, the organization raised well above their goal of $1500. Tour Hockey did another amazing job on 9-11 Remembrance jerseys and thanks to Complete Window Care donating two custom painted goalie helmets, the Thunder is proud to boast over $17,500 in donated monies to local charities and families since these charity auctions began. “This night is always special. We do these things, not only to help out others, but it’s rewarding for all of us. To see some of the young guys take part in the event and enjoy the moments of this kind of night is pretty amazing,” Captain, CJ Yoder commented.
Saturday night’s games were both taken by the home team but the young Miners team is definitely coming into its own. After a very close 5-4 win behind another two-goal game by Jake Miller, the Thunder followed with a 7-4 win in the second contest. Thunder netminder Thane Gilmore played steady in net during his Pro debut, while Larry Fairchild led the offensive end with a two-goal game.
Sunday would prove to be a battle of the defensive end as a total of only 5 goals were scored in the two games combined. With a great game from goaltender Dan Lamb, the visiting Thunder would ride Lamb’s first shutout of the year to a 2-0 win. Game two would be another goaltender’s dual as Rob Woods and Lamb would make some spectacular saves to keep the contest close. The Prowlers would pull out a 2-1 win. With that win the Parker Prowlers sit atop the division.