Colorado Springs, CO – The 5th annual Thunder Charity Jersey Auction evening proved to be a successful night for the Colorado Springs Thunder both on and off the rink. The Thunder would host the Mile High Miners on Saturday night as well as play host to a few Southern Colorado families dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, the chosen charity for this year’s benefit.
The Thunderdome was packed on Saturday with anticipation of what the holiday-themed jersey would look like, and they didn’t disappoint. “Every year these jerseys just get better, and the bidding this year was outstanding,” said GM Dave Needham. In all, the Thunder raised over $2,200 for the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado. “We would like to thank our sponsor for the event, Firebaugh Precast, as well as our great fans for coming out to support the Thunder and this charity event,” said Needham.
Game 1 of the pro evening would be a tightly contested match which ended with the Thunder on top 4-1. Two newcomers would provide goals in this match with Dylan Hassell and Zach Blake each scoring their second pro goals of the season. Eric Bogenrief would also provide a short-handed tally and Jake Miller would add a goal to round out the scoring for the Thunder. Mike Gipson was stellar in net to notch his ninth win of the season.
Game 2 would start out slow for the fast-paced Thunder as things were tied 1-1 before the Thunder eventually broke it open to sweep the night with an 8-1 win. Mike Ciolli (3, 1) and CJ Yoder (1, 4) would lead the way for the Thunder in game 2 with Dan Lamb earning his ninth win in net. This win was an important one for the Thunder as it not only ran their regular season record to an outstanding, league leading 20-0, but also guaranteed them home floor advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Front Range Thunder minor team would start the evening Saturday with a sweep of the Lakewood Minors. Front Range took game one 4-1 and won game two with a score of 3-0.
The Thunder are down to 4 games left in their regular season with their next games scheduled at home against the Denver Blizzard on January 7th. While the Blizzard have struggled so far this season, they played the Thunder close in the last contest between these two teams, and they are currently fighting for the last remaining playoff spot. Don’t miss these games as the Black Forest Thunder kicks off the evening against the Stapleton Blizzard at 7:00pm following by the Pro games at 8:15pm. Tickets are just $7 to see all four games. If you can’t make it out to the Thunderdome, be sure to catch the games live on www.justin.tv/PIHA.
Also, mark your calendars for the playoffs now. The Thunder will host the still to be determined 4th seed in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Division playoffs on January 21st.