After completing an impressive 23-1-0-0 regular season, the Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) first seed Colorado Springs Thunder will host the fourth-ranked Mile High Miners in a three-game series at the CETSports Arena in Colorado Springs on Friday, January 21. The puck drops at 8:15 p.m., and tickets are available at the door. In the other RMD semifinal match-up, the third-place Fort Collins Catz will try to knock off the second-seeded Prowlers on their home turf in a three-game series at the Parker Fieldhouse on Wednesday, January 19 at 9:00 p.m.
In their final regular-season series on January 9, the Thunder once again rolled, and defeated the Prowlers, 2-0. But, their perfect season became a memory, as the Prowlers took the second game, 3-1.
“Our goal from the start of the season was not to be undefeated, especially with the loss of the potent offense of Brian Yingling,” said Thunder Head Coach Larry Holmes. “We welcomed some new faces, had a successful campaign, and we’re pleased we’re the first seed in the playoffs. Now come the next step in our goal – winning the Rocky Mountain Division again. We’ll face some tough competition from a young and energetic Miners team, but the Thunder are ready, and we look forward to the support of a packed house on Friday!”
About the Match-Ups:
#2 Parker Prowlers vs. #3 Fort Collins Catz, @ Parker Fieldhouse on Wed., Jan. 19, 9:00 p.m.
#1 Colorado Springs Thunder vs. #4 Mile High Miners, @ CETSports Arena on Fri., Jan. 21, 8:15 p.m.
As the two-time defending PIHA Founders Cup Champions, the Thunder are the team to beat with league-leading talent at both ends of the floor. But their first-round opponents, the Mile High Miners could prove problematic as the underdogs are a young, quick squad with nothing to lose. The second-seeded Prowlers are a great defensive team and playing on their home floor but the Catz come into Parker with several weapons on offense and can be a threat at any time.
The team which claims the RMD crown will have punched their ticket to the Midwest to take on the winner of the always competitive Gateway Division, before moving on to the PIHA Founders Cup Finals in Colorado Springs the weekend of February 25-27.