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Miners, T-birds end 2017 with four points

By Scott Ludwig, 01/01/18, 8:15PM MST

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Five games were on the RMJHL calendar to close out the final weekend of 2017 and the home teams did not disappoint. Pikes Peak swept Steamboat Wranglers while Colorado Thunderbirds took two-of-three games from the visiting Colorado Rampage.

League leading Steamboat arrived at Sertich Ice Arena riding a 13-game win streak. By the end of the weekend Pikes Peak (15-6-0-0) had four points and were on the heels of the Wranglers (17-6-0-0) in the standings.

Brett Armstrong and Jacob May each scored twice in the Friday night affair leading the Miners to a 7-3 romp. The next night Pikes Peak posted a 3-0 shutout behind goaltender Joseph Chekan, who stopped all 26 shots against.

In Lakewood the host T-birds had a big opening night offensively to win 8-6. A hat trick by Eric Wilson led the way while Levi Clemenson put up a seven-point night scoring a pair. Trevor Haertl also netted two goals and a pair of helpers.

Goaltender Scout Stalcup stopped all 40 shots the next night to earn the shutout as the Thunderbirds (6-13-1-0) won 4-0. Stalcup made 39 saves in the series finale the next afternoon, but it was the shorthanded Rampage who would skate away with the 5-4 victory.