Colorado Springs, CO – Yes, the two eventual winners of last weekend’s playoff series were ‘supposed’ to meet in the Conference Finals but after a spectacular night of PIHA hockey no one will be a favorite heading into next season.
The Mile High Miners played the first seeded Parker Prowlers to a tough 3-game series winning game two in dramatic fashion. Although it seemed the Prowlers were just too deep as they took game 3 handily, Parker is glad to have a two week break to recoop. “They played us tough, no doubt. But we knew heading into tonight that the Miners were quick and gritty, and they were going to play us tough to the end. They did,” commented Head Coach, John Bovee.
After watching some of the first series you would think the Colorado Springs Thunder would have buckled down and been ready for a tough series against an expansion Colorado Stallions squad that had played them tough in all but one game all season long. They did not. The Stallions for the most part shut down a highly skilled Thunder attack and came away with an eye opening Game 1 win in OT and after a little bit of a letdown in Game 2, which posted a 7-3 win for the Thunder, the Stallions again did a great job shutting down the home squad. Game 3 went to overtime and after several chances for both teams the hot-handed Dakota Eveland scored on a long snipe to finally push the Thunder into the Conference Finals. “Did we take them lightly, no way; they have played us tough all year. They play some great defense and have some young kids that are going to be in this league for a long time,” said co-coach, Larry Holmes.
Western Conference Finals will be played February 7th and 9th as these two teams meet for the 2nd straight year to see who will move on to the PIHA Finals.