Colorado Springs, CO – Although the guys have been finished, the women have been looking forward to last evening’s, PIHA Women’s Division Championship as the Parker Prowlers made the trip to CET Sports Arena to take on the division leading Colorado Springs Thunder. The Thunder would come into the night as heavy favorites but the Prowlers would prove they were going to be no push over.
Game one of the 3-game series was a seesaw battle early as both teams lit the lamp quickly but the home team would find themselves with a lead in the series behind a 5-2 win. Long time Thunder favorite, Jenny Archibald led the way with a tremendous game with 3 points.
Game two was a totally different type of game as both teams buckled down on the defensive end and followed their goalies to a 0-0 tie through the first half. Play opened up a bit in the second but still, no one could solve the netminders at either end. As the second game headed into overtime the coaches were looking down their benches for a hero. The Thunder would find one, as Ashley Krajcovic took the puck end to end early in the first overtime and found the back of the net. The Thunder would take game two and the series to walk away with their first Women’s Championship. “It’s great for these girls, the core of these ladies have stuck together through some rough seasons but I believe they would tell you, it’s been worth it,” said Thunder head coach, Matt Levine. “We’ve had a ton of success this year and this just tops everything these players have worked at.”
The 2010-2011 Playoff MVP went to a deserving, Candice Byrd, as the Thunder back stop was stellar during both games. Byrd gave up only 2 goals on 37 shots throughout the series. “She was an easy choice for MVP. Not only did she make all the expected saves but she also made some huge saves at key times,” commented league President, CJ Yoder. “It was a great night of some great hockey.”