The regular season games are coming down to the wire this weekend. The Colorado Eagles secure the Turner Conference first place lead with Friday night’s overtime win. Now, to ensure they hang on to that first place we will need to win again tonight and the Rapid City Rush loses.
The tie breaker rules for playoff in the CHL include a non-shootout clause when determining the actual tie breaker. So, we have to win tonight in regulation to waive the issue of the tie breaker. Easy enough for us to do, right? Well, let us take a look at last night to see just how easy it will be.
The end of first period found the Colorado Eagles with 2 and the Fort Wayne Komets with 0. The first period had 6 minutes in penalties for the Eagles and 2 minutes for the Komets. Eagles’ goals were made by Kevin Ulanski and Dayman Rycroft.
So, let’s see the progression for the third period. Alex Penner, Adam Hogg and Scott May all scored goals in the second period bringing the Eagles’ score to 5. Great job, Eagles. However, the Komets’ Sean O’Connor answered the first two goals with a puck in the back of the net. End of second period has the Eagles with 5 and the Komets now with 2; still winnable, right? Penalties were still reasonable with 4 minutes per team.
Now, third period the boys go wild! The Komets run four goals in this period with a total of 6 penalty minutes. The Eagles’ Scott May got his second goal of the night, which evened the score for the regulation time. The Eagles received 8 minutes in penalties. Still not unheard of, but regulation time ends with a tied score.
Since there are no ties in the Central Hockey League, this game goes into overtime with a four on four. Aaron Schneekloth returns from IR to win this game with the final goal in OT. The Colorado Eagles receive one point for the win taking them to 65 points in the Turner Conference.
The fans will be on the edge of their seats tonight with the last regulation game for the Colorado Eagles and it is a must win scenario. Easy?? I don’t know after last night; but I guarantee that the Colorado Eagles are up for it. They are definitely ‘recharged’ and they can do this.