Two Remain in RMJHL Regular Season Play
February 8, 2016
by Sarah Sweeney, RMJHL
While no one can boast of a weekend as fruitful as the Denver Broncos, a few RMJHL teams enjoyed great success over Super Weekend. Only a couple of weeks remain in the RMJHL season, and teams headed into this weekend trying to fine-tune their play before heading into the playoffs.
They won’t get a parade this week, but the Pikes Peak Miners walked away this weekend with 6 points in their pockets after sweeping the Breckenridge Bucks in their three-game series in Colorado Springs. Thursday night, the Miners eked out a 5-4 shootout win. The game was as close as the score indicates; no team had more than a one-goal lead all game.
Friday and Saturday’s matches were different affairs; the ice was tilted in the favor of the Miners in the third period both Friday and Saturday, resulting in 8-2 and 7-3 wins. Bucks head coach Jesse Davis was hoping for a better outcome for his team, but was complimentary of Pikes Peak’s offense. “They are a good team—we played with them Friday and Saturday for two periods, but couldn’t do anything in the third.”
The Aspen Leafs slowed down the surging Colorado Thunderbirds this weekend, taking two at South Suburban Ice Arena. With 9-5 and 11-1 wins, Aspen kept a grip on first place in the league.
There will be no love on the ice this upcoming Valentine’s weekend as big matchups will help cement the standings, with only one week remaining after this weekend’s matchups before playoffs begin. Aspen will travel east again, this time to the Springs to face the number two Miners. Only 2 points separate the two teams, so the matchups (7:50 pm Friday, 5:35 pm Saturday) could be a preview what’s to come in the playoffs.
Other series that could affect home-ice advantage for the remaining teams include the third place Bucks hosting fifth place Colorado Rampage, 8:05 pm both nights; and #4 T-birds and #6 Grand Junction Glacier Yetis will try to gain ground Friday at 7:00 pm and 10:00 am Saturday morning at Glacier Ice Arena.