Rookie Matt Glasser received a penalty shot in the first period thanks to some aggression from Brett Lutes, former Eagles player. Unfortunately, the backhand threw the puck back and tried to get over the pads to no avail, Jeff Jakaitis made a great save, which kept Glasser from getting his first professional goal with the Central Hockey League. Lutes received a two minute penalty for tripping.
The Gems took advantage of two power plays to get some much needed shots on goal. They had 15 in the first period, which was a new high for the team.
A small squirmish broke out toward the end of the first period when Chris Hau tried to get Brett Lutes into a little sparring match, but as we all know, Lutes is not the fighting type. The Eagles ended up getting a last minute cross checking penalty sending the Gems to the locker room on a bit of a high note although both teams were scoreless.
Second period was anti-climactic until the Eagles had a 5 on 3 at 11:59, which gave Damon Rycroft the opportunity he needed to slam that puck into the net for the first goal of the game.
George Bradley defends goalie, Kyle Jones against Matthew McCue when he shoved him, which was his third offense of the evening. Bradley spends five minutes in the box for fighting. McCue receives two minutes for goalie interference and five for fighting and is sent off the ice.
This seemed to invigorate the teams. The Eagles, Adam Hogg and Steve Haddon, fought hard for their power play while pelting the Gems’ net with the puck without success. Hau is sent to the box for holding the stick, and soon thereafter, Thurston joins him for cross checking, leaving the Gems with a 5 on 3 power play. Kyle Jones maintains his pristine record for the evening with 23 saves for the night thus far. The excitement is charging the teams as well as the crowd with the shots from the Gems slipping past the bar repeatedly, although on the wrong side of that proverbial bar. The Colorado Eagles finish that penalty kill with their challenger repelled without a goal. Second period ends with the Eagles in the lead 1-0.
The third period was fast paced, but with less shots on goal. The Eagles were able to maintain their lead until the very end.
The goal tending tonight was phenomenal. The Colorado Eagles specialty teams were answering the bell with perfect succession. Colorado is 19 for the last 19 in penalty kills.
Kyle Jones has a shutout!! He ends his first shutout with 30 saves. The Colorado Eagles continue their winning streak of six games with this game under their belt.
The Colorado Eagles will meet the Dayton Gems again tomorrow night in Dayton. The Eagles lead the Turner Conference with 12 points in seven games, while Dayton has eight points in six games.