As teams look towards the playoffs there are several teams primed to get their names engraved on the JR PIHA Championship plaque. And while the teams start to come together we can’t forget the individual efforts that are getting these squads there.
A few weeks ago the November Player of the Month (POM) were announced and the Blizzard organization was well represented. Dawson Charles took the honors in the 8u division. His ability at his age to skate and have the understanding to find that open man has helped the JR Prowlers into the second spot in that division.
Payton Sutherland does it all as she is a tremendous goalie for the Jr Blizzard 12u team but is recognized here as the 10u POM. In the 12u Major division Gavin Barr has led the Jr Thunder to soul possession of second place while Mason Macklin of the JR Blizzard 12u Minor squad has been a bright star on a team struggling to make playoffs. In the 15u division, Chase Trautwein has led the Jr Blizzard to some huge wins and is looking to lead them during this stretch run to their first championship.
Here are the current division leaders for this 2016 season:
8u – Jr Blizzard
10u – Jr Prowlers
12u Minor – Jr Thunder
12u Major – Prowlers Grey
15u – Fire Red
All these teams and players are looking towards the weekend of December 17-18 as they look to put their stamp on the 2016 season. Good luck to all teams during this final stretch of the season.
After week six out west the Rocky Mountain Division has 3 teams ties with 16 points while the surprise expansion, Vikings are looking up but not by much. The Vikings look to a tough weekend this past one but came out proving that they can play with anyone. The newly formed squad skated away with their first two regulation wins and a loss in a shootout for 7 points.
The Vikings earned a well-deserved split with division leading Thunder after losing game one and taking advantage of several Thunder penalties to win game 2.
The team came back on Saturday night to take a physical game 1 from perennial powerhouse, Parker Prowlers and then watched as Game 2 unfolded into a shootout that gave the Prowlers 2pts and the Vikes 1. “All in all we had a pretty good weekend. We need to play well to beat some of these teams and we did both nights but we are not content on just playing well, we are looking to get into the playoffs and then see what happens. We have a good group in this locker room and we are not expecting to be done with our season in December,” said Vikings goaltender, Tyler Lopez.
This coming weekend the Stallions make the trip back down to Colorado Springs to take on both Springs teams as they will take on the Thunder at 3pm and then these same Vikings at 715pm. Check back to the PIHA site for all updates on all divisions in the Professional Inline Hockey Association.
As the JR PIHA season moves towards its midseason break the cream of the crop is starting to make their way to the top. The standings are tight in most divisions but there are clear favorites in each. The 8u Blizzard have not lost a game and look down among the rest of the youngsters, while the 10u division sports another 8-0 squad called the Prowlers. 12u Major division looks like it may come down to a Prowlers / Thunder faceoff come playoff time while the 12u Minor division is led by a stacked Thunder squad. And after 12 games for each in the 15u division it looks like the Fire organization is represented well as the Grey and Red squads both are at the top of the standings with a very good Prowlers team in the mix.
The league would also like to recognize the September, Players of the Month, as these will be chosen at the end of each month. Below are your September winners and a little information for each as we get to know our future PIHA Stars:
Steven Frickell #26
Calen Balatbat #87
Harry Hambrick #66
Jr Prowlers Grey
Jacob Mathews #19
Drew Medina #31
Jr Fire Grey
Be sure and keep your eyes open for October’s Players of the Month in a few weeks. Good luck to all players as the season moves forward and keep an eye at www.thepiha.com for all the leagues schedules and stats.
This past weekend 6 teams began their trek towards the KIHA Cup. There have been plenty of teams getting started these last couple weeks but this is a bit different, these guys are playing in COLOMBIA! That’s right, this year marks the first season of the league’s Colombian Division.
Bogota, Colombia will host all this season’s games at the Bogota Hockey Center. The division will not play the 24 total games that some of the other divisions will play but the division winner does intend to make the trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado to test their skills against the US based squads. The PIHA Finals will take place February 24-26, 2017 at Xfinity Arena in Colorado Springs and the league is excited to have the Colombian winners. “There’s already a buzz here in Colorado about the opportunity to host another country during the Finals. We were blessed to have Brazil make the trip a few years ago and they were spectacular. They were just great guys that loved the game and we expect that same enthusiasm this year with the Colombians,” commented PIHA President, CJ Yoder.
The six teams competing in this year’s division are the Red Tails, Black Diamonds, Swedish Hockey Mafia, Sua Hockey Club, Jokers, and the Mean Green. Right out of the gate the Red Tails look to be the team to beat but the first weekend was full of competitive action and there are no signs of this changing.
The league would like to send out a big thank you to Daniel Fierro and everyone who has helped bring this together. We look forward to working with all of you for years to come! Good luck this year gentlemen.
On October 1st, the Colorado Stallions made the trip to Colorado Springs to take on the CS Vikings (3pm) and then a second series against the Parker Prowlers (715pm). The Stallions would skate away with a split of the day but have a big impact on the Rocky Mountain Division standings.
The Stallions would first push the newly formed CS Vikings farther into the basement of the division with a convincing 8-1 win and then a demoralizing 6-5 OT win in game 2. Game 1 was no contest from the beginning as the Stallions took advantage of every chance and the Vikings looked like they did not want to be there. Game 2 was a totally different game as the Vikings led throughout but could not finish things off as Colorado scored with :23 sec left in regulation as Isaac King scored on a onetimer from a sharp angle to force extra time. Mikey Harbour would take advantage of a loose puck early in OT to take the game and the series.
A very good Prowlers squad would be the next test for the division leading Stallions. The Prowlers were a bit shorthanded but the players that made the trip were ready to go and pulled out a back and forth battle in game 1 for a 4-3 win. The Stallions found themselves leading this one for most of the game until Kyle Phelps picked up his play and scored 2 goals late to give the Prowlers a sweep and a 3-1 start to the season.
The Prowlers took on the Vikings and rival Thunder last Saturday at Xfinity Arena, Colorado Springs, CO.
Prowlers / Vikings at 300pm
Prowlers / Thunder at 715pm
The 2016 Jr PIHA season will be the leagues best showing as 26 teams from all over the state of Colorado will battle it out to be crowned champions. Players from 5yr to 16yr will participate in 5 divisions as the teams play 24 total games plus playoffs. The organizations represented this season are the Blizzard, Fire, Prowlers, Stallions and Thunder.
After the dust settled on the first two weeks of games it looks like all divisions should be highly competitive and fun to watch throughout the season. The 8u division (4 teams) have the Prowlers and Blizzard on top as they went undefeated to 4-0 in their first week. In the10u division (5 teams) you can find those same two teams at the top as the Prowlers and Blizzard Orange are 4-0. 12 and unders were split into two divisions (Major – 6 teams / Minor – 4 teams) and proved to be some of the best hockey played. Thunder and Prowlers Grey are looking down amongst the rest in the Major division, while the Thunder Minor squad is heading the pack in a big way in their division. And as the 15u division (7 teams) gets even more skilled as the league grows, it’s the Fire organization emerging on top as both the Fire Red and Fire Grey teams only dropped one game to start with a 3-1 record.
Overall everyone involved with the teams, players and PIHA Organization are tremendously excited about the 2016 season. With this many kids playing at these levels, the Pro games should keep getting better and better moving forward.
Be sure and check out thepiha.com for all the leagues stats and standings, and keep an eye out at the beginning of each month as our Players of the Month are announced!
The Colorado Stallions are on a tear early in this 2016 season and after this weekend they’ve proven they can beat anyone. With only 4 teams out west all rosters are loaded with talent and should make for some spectacular hockey in Colorado. The Stallions, in two weeks, may have shown that they are the team to beat.
Colorado made the trip to Colorado Springs to take on the Parker Prowlers in a matinee series and then the newly formed, CS Vikings in a night cap. They would take a game from each and find themselves looking down at the rest of the field.
The Stallions came out gangbusters as they took game 1 from the Prowlers (5-3) as rookie, Mike Muhs buried 2 goals in the win. Game 2 was a different story as the Prowlers looked like themselves and jumped out to a 4-0 lead early and never looked back. Game 2 final, 7-3 with Joey Dolce leading the way with a hatrick.
A new look Vikings squad was next and not much was known about the blue and grey team except they were looking to prove something. Game 1 was a back and forth battle that took extra time to decide. With only :09 left in the first OT, the Vikings took advantage of a 2 on 1 as Mark Ottenberg scored his first Pro goal to get the new team in the win column with a 3-2 victory. Game two was also a close one but the Stallions sucked it up in their fourth game of the day and pulled out a 4-2 win and walked away with 7 points on the day.
The Stallions will be off this coming weekend but back at it on October 1st against the Vikings at 3pm MST.
Last weekend kicked off the 2016-2017 PIHA season in the Rockies as the Colorado Stallions took on, defending Western Conference Champion, Colorado Springs Thunder. By the end of the night the Stallions proved they may be the team to beat coming into this new season.
Last year’s regular season MVP, Derrick Burnett, gave the home crowd something to cheer about early as he fired one past Stallions netminder, Cody Stephen-Miller just 4min into game 1. The Stallions did not back down and even the game up twice, the last with 1sec to go in period one. Tied at 3 after the second and then the 1st overtime, Ryan Wass-Tursick took the game over while shorthanded as he walked a Stallion defender and slid the game winner in on the backhand.
Game 2 was a goal scorers dream as the final showed 9-6 after a barrage of offense with very little defense. Again the Thunder went on top early but the Stallions seemed more invested and battled to the final 3 points of the series and the series win. They find themselves atop the division for the first time in their existence and have no plans on looking back.
The Stallions will play 4 games this coming Saturday as they will take on an always lethal Parker Prowlers squad and then the expansion CS Vikings. Series begin at 3pm and 715pm and will be held at beautiful, Xfinity Arena.
Going into 12th year we are expecting great things from the league and all the teams involved!
2016-2017 Key Notes
- Over $20,000 in prize money
- Prize Money to Pro and Semipro teams at finals
- Over 40 teams already committed to the 16-17 Season
- League Added Hawaii Semipro Division
- PIHA Finals heading to Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Deadline date for League Fees, August 31, 2016
- Season begins, September 9, 2016
- End of regular season, January 8, 2017
- Division playoffs, January 13-22, 2017
- Conference finals, January 27-February 12, 2017
- PIHA Finals, February 24-26, 2017