The Breckenridge Bolts hosted the Pikes Peak Miners this past weekend Febrauary 16-18th for a 3 game home set in the two team's last meeting of the season before playoffs. Despite the Bolts being the home team the opening game of the series seemed very much like a Miners Home ice advantage.
Kole Mudra opened the scoring for the miners a few minutes into the 1st frame and that was all she wrote, The Miners capitalized on every single opportunity they could and eventually drove Bolts Goalie Declan Rooney from the net after scoring 5 goals on a mere 13 shots. Backup Graisen Eatchel did not fair much better as he surrendered almost as many in the second period before being replaced again by Rooney. Coach Kory deKoevend's frustration became evident as he switched 6 forwards to Defense and all 6 Defensemen to forward. This change did not help much of anything as the Miners continued to pound the bolts before eventually walking away with a 13-0 victory.
The Bolts could only get themselves out of the rink as quickly as possible and try to put this game behind them. Saturday they returned refreshed and appeared as a new team as Zach Booth scored the first goal of the game to put the Bolts up 1-0. Pikes Peak, the leading goal scoring team in the league quickly answered back with 2 of their own late in the period. to give the Miners a 2-1 lead after 1 period. Jack Rousseau tied the game a few minutes into the 2nd period set up by Luke Marsh. Pikes Peak regained their lead 5 minutes later and would hold on for the remainder of the period.
The Bolts looked to rebound in the 3rd as they turned up the pressure on the forecheck. This added pressure unfortunately resulted in Bolts forward Gavyn Entzminger being assessed a 5 minute major for Boarding when he hit a Miners player who was reaching for the puck. This Major penalty coupled with an additional 2 minute minor on Tanner Caldarola for Slashing resulted in a heavy advantage for the Miners. Although they only scored once on the extended powerplay they would add another power play goal later in the period, a shorthanded goal and an empty net goal to close out the Bolts 7-2.
Sunday saw the 1st period Bolts team return from Saturday as the Bolts for the first time all season managed to outshoot the Miners over the course of the game. Despite both teams tallying 15 shots on goal in the 1st period Bolts Goalie Declan Rooney and Miners Goalie Joe Checkan kept the game scoreless.
The Miners would draw first blood halfway through the first period as Jacob May put a rebound back past Declan Rooney. The Bolts answered back a minute later as Zach Booth won a faceoff cleanly back to Danny Stoneberg who blasted a slapshot through traffic to beat Checkan. Later in the period a puck bounced over a bolts defenseman's stick forcing the Bolts to try to chase down Miners forward Lars Culver and haul him down. The trip resulted in Culver being awarded a Penalty Shot which he converted to give the miners the lead again 2-1.
The Miners caught the Bolts sleeping at the start of the 3rd period as another neutral zone turnover resulted in an odd man rush as Kole Mudra smacked a puck into the back of a wide open net with Rooney scrambling to recover. The Bolts Tanner Caldarola was then himself hauled down while on a breakaway, although because he was able to get a shot off before being taken down there was no penalty shot awarded. The Bolts wasted no time getting back to work as within a minute of the start of the powerplay Zach Booth scored a goal with assists to Sean Gurlea and Kody Goodwin. The Miners would score another goal later in the 3rd to regain the 2 goal lead, but the remainder of the period would be all Bolts as they scrambled to try to solve Checkan although even with the empty net were unable to score and the Miners walked away with another series sweep in Breckenridge.
The Bolts Play their final Home series this upcoming weekend vs the Colorado Thunderbirds. Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th at 7:30pm. Sunday the 25th at 1pm.
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