Colorado Springs, CO – The Colorado Springs Thunder held their annual Charity Jersey Auction this past Saturday and again, the event was a huge success. 2013′s newest franchise, the Colorado Stallions were in town along with all the hoopla of their reality show, Puck Dynasty. These organizations have already become rivals early in the Stallions existence and the play just added to the spectacle of the night. Puck Dynasty, along with the Stallions/Thunder series will be aired on Comcast channel 105 this Thursday from 8-10pm due to other programming scheduled for its normal time on Wednesdays at 8pm.
Both games were heated with NFL-like chirping on the rink. It was like these teams have faced each other 40 times before and neither team was backing down. The home Thunder squad won a lopsided game 1 as they took it to the Stallions and skated away with a 7-1 win, but game 2 was a totally different story. Penalties and bad decisions cost the Thunder early as the Stallions changed up the defensive scheme and led with two early goals. The Stallions took advantage of two power play goals late to bring the game to even late in the second but ultimately could not hold off the Thunder who scored on their only power play of the game with only 44 seconds left to give them a 5-4 win and sweep.
As good as the hockey was on the floor the PIHA fans off of it were even better. Custom charity jerseys were auctioned for a tremendous group in Colorado Springs called Let the Kids Play. This group has given underprivileged youth within the community equipment, places to play, and even paid for players to play in leagues for several years. The group has been a huge help for families fighting through the fire tragedies of the Waldo and Black Forest fires recently and continues to help the youth of Colorado Springs stay healthy and active. “What a great organization to support. We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to help out the community and I couldn’t think of a better way than to keep kids healthy through Let The Kids Play,” commented Thunder GM, Dave Needham. The Thunder, Stallions, and PIHA fans raised almost $1500 during the jersey auction. Thanks to Holy Cow Restaurant and Bar for sponsoring the night, the entire $1500 was donated.
The Thunder would like to send out a huge thank you to Let The Kids Play, the Stallions, all the volunteers that helped during the event, and especially the best fans in PIHA. Thank you!