Colorado Springs, CO – The Fort Collins Catz rolled into Colorado Springs without a win but playing well and optimistic that they could upset a division powerhouse. The Thunder not only welcomed the away team but also youth from across the Springs for a little Trick or Treating at CET Arena on Saturday night. Both the Thunder and the kids had a blast while the Catz headed back north, still without a win.
The home crowd witnessed early success this weekend as the Thunder jumped all over an undermanned Fort Collins squad. Zach Blake led the Thunder scoring with his first hat trick of the year in the 9-0 win during game 1. “The Catz worked the entire time and we definitely will not look past them because of one big win. They are very persistent and have a ton of young talent,” said co-coach Larry Holmes after game 1. Goaltender, Dan Lamb posted his first shutout of the year in the win.
Game 2 would be a different story but produced the same result for the Thunder. The second game was a showcase of Catz goaltending as Matt Lodge stood on his head to keep the game close and the Catz in striking distance. Tremendous saves throughout the game were what even the Thunder players were talking about after the final buzzer sounded. Lodge made 23 saves on 26 shots in the 3-1 loss but most of those shots were point blank. “We talked in the locker room about making sure we came out flying and not taking them lightly. We didn’t, we were all over them but “Lodger” was like a wall in there. He played the best we’ve seen any goalie play this year and if he stays at that level the Catz will win a lot of games,” said Thunder captain, CJ Yoder. Jake Miller was the scoring, literally, for the home team as he tallied all 3 goals for the hat trick.
The organization also streamed the games live on the web this past Saturday and were joined by people all over the world. The team would like to thank announcers, Matt Levine and Taylor Gebhart for adding the audio to the games and also to the over 150 people from all over the world who watched.
The Thunder next home games are this coming Saturday, November 3rd (8:15 & 9:15pm) and will be streamed LIVE at www.justin.tv/PIHA.