Parker, CO – This past weekend the Parker Fieldhouse showcased some of the best hockey the state has ever seen as the Pro Division did not disappoint while the Minor division proved that there are plenty of great, young hockey players that will be moving up to fill out the upper ranks.
The 5-game Western Conference Final pro series was a great one and one PIHA fans in the Rockies had been waiting for, for over a year. In 2012 the Miners pulled a huge upset of the Colorado Springs Thunder and held off a Prowlers/Thunder rivalry until this year as the two came into the series with Pittsburgh and a PIHA Championship in their minds. Thunder pulled out an overtime win in game one but dropped game two badly on Saturday night. The Prowlers came into the series as big favorites but Sunday would prove that this battle of wills can go either way at any time. Games 3 and 4 were taken by the visiting Thunder in front of a big Parker Fieldhouse crowd. The Thunder were led by great goaltending as Dan Lamb posted his first playoff shutout of the year and some timely scoring by some of the most unlikely of players. Defenseman Eric Sherlock, Matt Pedersen, and Pablo Navarro all scored goals while continuing their great defensive play. “We definitely had some guys step up this weekend. Our ‘D’ were doing a great job of jumping into the play and then taking advantage of the chances they received because of the hard work. We will need that at the Finals if we want to move towards our final goal,” said coach, Larry Holmes.
The Prowler Minor team was also represented in the Minor Division Final as they took on the Mile High Miners. Both teams swept their Saturday night, semi-final series as the first seeded Miners took care of the Front Range Thunder and then the Prowlers proved too much for a short benched New Mexico Venom. The two teams played several overtime games and split series throughout the regular season. All and all the best two teams in the division would see each other on Sunday to see who would represent the division at the PIHA Finals in February.
Game 1 went to the Prowlers in double overtime as an untimely too-many-men penalty cost the Miners the opener. But games two and three went the Mile High way as the Miners took both handily and proved they were worthy of the opportunity at the organization’s first PIHA Championship. PIHA Finals weekend is the weekend of February 22-24. For more information keep an eye on the PIHA website at www.thepiha.com.