Lakewood, CO – Last year’s Organization of the Year proved again why they received the award in 2012 and are looking to receive it again. The Mile High Miners held its franchises’ second annual
Charity Jersey Auction on Friday night as they hosted the division leading Colorado Springs Thunder. The Miners were sporting custom jerseys made by Tour Hockey with paw prints and puppy names spread among the white uniforms. The jerseys were auctioned to the highest bidders during a LIVE auction between games. The jersey auction and subsequent donations proved to be a huge success as the Miners and its fans raised over $1300 for A Puppies Voice Rescue. The Miners welcomed not only the away team but also some Denver Bronco flavor as the cheerleading squad along with the squads poster was in the building and Gatorade had a booth and representatives set up for even more atmosphere at Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey.
While off the floor was a buzz, the hockey proved to be even better as the two teams battled through lead changes, overtimes, and huge momentum swings during the double header. The Thunder pulled off a overtime victory on a goal by CJ Yoder during the 2-on-2 play with a shot that beat Troy Knetchel over the glove hand but the Miners out played the visitors throughout game one. Tyler Steele scored twice while Daniel Esquibel added two assists to lead the team to a big point in the standings. Game two saw both teams unable to build anything more than a 1 goal lead which proved huge as the Thunder captain, Yoder took two selfish penalties late to put the Miners on the powerplay. With back to back goals by Justin Marr and Tyler Steele in only :30 seconds, the home team held on for a huge victory. Dylan Spencer was big between the pipes and the Miners defense proved they can keep this team in any game. ”We all played well and the night was a great success. It’s always nice to do what we can for the community and help out tremendous groups like A Puppies Voice Rescue. And of course 3 points in the standings is just a little icing on the cake,” said Miners GM, Michael Penman.
The Miners and its players would like to thank all the people that made the night’s events special and a huge success.