Colorado Springs, CO – The I-83 Rivalry became everything it was suppose to be as the best two teams in the Rocky Mountain Division went nose to nose Friday night at CET Sports Arena in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Thunder hosted the Parker Prowlers as 1st and 2nd place met for their second bout in the new PIHA season. The series has been dominated by the Thunder lately but all involved could not help but recognize a young, talented Parker team on an 8-game win streak looking for their shot at knocking off the favorite. Friday night would not be that night as the home team swept the Prowlers 4-2 and 5-1.
In front of another packed house the Thunder rode the coattails of their goaltending as Mike Gipson gave up only 2 goals on 16 shots. Thunder newcomer Larry Fairchild scored 2 goals and CJ Yoder opened the night with an unassisted tally only a minute into the opening stanza. Ryan Pedersen scored early in the 1st period to put the Thunder up 2-0 and well on their way to a game 1 win.
A switch in net did nothing but cause even more frustration for the visiting Prowlers as Dan Lamb backstopped the Thunder to a game two win while only giving up 1 goal. Lamb came up with some key saves early and after a Jesse Tuttle snipe and an Eric Bogenrief goal in the 1st the Thunder were feeling the flood gates opening. Lamb gave up a late goal on a nice play as JT Bovee made a cross rink pass to Jordan Bateman for a goal for the Prowlers but the depth of the Springs team proved to be too much. Ryan Pedersen added 3 assists to his goal in game 1 for a 4-point night and rookie Zack Blake scored his first goal as a pro with a beautiful backhander late in the second period to finish the Thunder scoring.
“We played well tonight and I’m sure if you look at the scoresheet there’s not a lot on there with Ciolli or Yoder on it. To go a long way this season we are going to need all lines clicking and we had that tonight. I’m sure we will see them again later in the year and each time will prove to be even tougher to win,” said the Thunder Head Coach, Larry Holmes.