Tryouts Begin In Colorado Springs

The 2017-2018 season will begin early for the Colorado Springs Organization as the team announced their July 23rd tryout date for this coming season. “There’s a lot going on here in the Springs and dynamics are changing. We wanted to get things started early and get teams set and make sure our players are in the best opportunity to succeed this year. With the Vikings becoming a great addition to our organization and things planning to grow again this year, we wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page,” says organization General Manager, Dave Needham.

The Thunder plan on representing in full again this season, tryouts should produce 2 Pro and 2 Semipro teams. The Vikings will be back and obviously the Thunder will have a team to contend. Even with the growth of the organization the team will need to find a new home as the landscape for inline hockey has changed in Colorado Springs. “We feel a bit out of the loop. The families, players, volunteers, coaching staff, have all put so much time into this organization and building the game here. It’s just a shame, the Arena will be missed,” says Captain, CJ Yoder. “Obviously things change, and we understand there are different dynamics to every situation. We are looking forward to a new era and still producing on and off the floor.”

The Thunder and Vikings will play this year’s home games out of Foothills Field House (formerly RMR). Games will begin in September with the Finals still not set by the league office.

Tryout Information
– Sunday, July 23
– 7:30-10:30pm
– @ Xfinity Arena (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
– $100 Tryout Fee (Money Back Guarantee if not selected)

Inferno Win Best PIHA Series Ever

Last year was supposed to be the best PIHA Final series, and it was, and then 2017 was played. This year’s Founders Cup Finals were played this past weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado and man what a series. When the dust settled the Pittsburgh Inferno would take home their first Founders Cup, while the Thunder would again go home wondering what just happened. “This one hurts, and will for a long time. Not just the way things happened but how hard the guys fought. Just a shame, we really thought we had a championship this year,” said Head Coach, Larry Holmes.
What is Coach Holmes referring to? Well the series was a barnburner from the start as both games 1 and 2 on Friday night went to overtime with both teams taking one. Saturday night the Inferno took the series lead again taking game 3 (in OT) but then could not score in game 4 as the Thunder tied things up. Sunday obviously had to be some more of the same and it did not disappoint. Game 5, again took overtime as the Thunder took their first series lead only to come out and give away game 6 (4-1).
Then there was game 7, and what a game it was. The Thunder went up early on an early goal by Ryan Wass-Tursick and then a 2-goal lead when Cody Ayers buried a bullet in the back of the net with only 2min to go in the game. As most might have thought the Thunder would take home their third Founders Cup, there was a team from Pittsburgh that never had a doubt they still had a chance and with only 40 seconds to go Tyler Davis would give the Inferno some hope. After a Thunder breakaway and another opportunity at the empty net, Inferno D-man, Alex Galbreath would take advantage of a scrum in front of the Thunder net with only 4-tics on the clock to grasp the life from the Thunder bench and tie the game and send this epic Game 7 to overtime. This is where a hero must emerge and the Inferno found him under the name Matt Gerger. Gerger would find the back of the net after firing a slapshot past goaltender, Dan Lamb to give the Inferno a reason to celebrate. The goal would come with only 1:40 to go in the first OT and would be the 37th shot Lamb would face in Game 7.
Matt Gerger’s OT winner in Game 7 would be his third OT winner in the series and would seal the Playoff MVP award. Gerger would end up with a stat line that would be unbelievable in a Tuesday night rec league, let alone a PIHA Finals. (See Below!) His clutch performances each and every time the Inferno needed it was nothing less than amazing.

2017 PIHA Founders Cup Finals “Tail of the Tape”
– Regarded as the best PIHA Finals in the league’s history
– 7 games, 5 of 7 had to be decided in OT
– 38 total goals scored, 351 total shots on goal
– League MVP, Matt Gerger Stat Line (9g, 2a, 4GWG)
– Suffolk Sting takes home their 4th KIHA Cup in a row as Semipro Champions
– Team Colombia made their first appearance at the Finals with a great showing finishing 3rd

Founders Cup Finals Roll Into Colorado

It’s that time and teams are working their way to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the PIHA Founders Cup Finals. Some more than others as Team Colombia will make their first appearance at the PIHA Finals as they look to take the PIHA KIHA Cup for in their first year. The Semipro division playoffs should be some of the best series the league has seen in years as the always favored, Suffolk Sting will look to take another championship while the Scottdale Inferno along with the Western contingent of the Omaha Outlaws and Front Range Thunder, join Team Colombia during the weekend.
The Pro Division is where most will be watching as the Pittsburgh Inferno won the Eastern Conference for the first time and will face the Colorado Springs Thunder, Western Conference champs for the third straight time. These two teams will battle it out in a potential 7-game series this weekend to see who will take home PIHA’s Founders Cup. Both teams are loaded with talent and the pace should be nonstop the entire weekend.
All games will be broadcast LIVE on Facebook’s, Facebook Live. The weekend begins at 3pm on Friday and will end sometime Sunday, depending on duration of series.
Check out: PROFESSIONAL INLINE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION on Facebook and get ready to watch some great inline hockey action!

Here is this weekend’s PIHA Founders Cup Finals schedule:
Friday, February 24, 2017
3:00pm Semipro Team Colombia vs Omaha Outlaws
4:15pm Semipro Scottdale Inferno vs Front Range Thunder
5:30pm Semipro Team Colombia vs Suffolk Sting
7:30pm PRO THUNDER VS INFERNO (Games 1 & 2)
9:00pm Semipro Suffolk Sting vs Front Range Thunder
10:15pm Semipro Omaha Outlaws vs Scottdale Inferno

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00am Semipro Scottdale Inferno vs Team Colombia
11:15am Semipro Suffolk Sting vs Omaha Outlaws
3:30pm Semipro Front Range Thunder vs Team Colombia
4:30pm Semipro Suffolk Sting vs Scottdale Inferno
5:45pm Semipro Omaha Outlaws vs Front Range Thunder
7:30pm PRO INFERNO VS THUNDER (Games 3 & 4)

Sunday, February 26, 2017
9:30am Semipro KIHA Cup Semipro Championship (3-game series)
11:30am PRO THUNDER VS INFERNO (Games 5, 6 & 7 if Nec)

Champions Have Been Crowned

The 2016 Jr PIHA season came to a close this past weekend as Xfinity Sports Arena hosted the Jr PIHA Playoffs in 5 separate divisions.   As the weekend ended, most people would assume the Prowlers Organization was the only organization to show up…. That was not the case!

 

In the 8u division, the Blizzard had found themselves on top throughout the season until the final week of games as the Prowlers took over that first spot after a series sweep.   That would prove costly as the 3rd seeded Thunder Green team came to play Sunday morning and swept the Blizzard in two. (5-0 & 4-1)   The Thunder team ran into an overwhelming Prowlers squad as the Prowlers received the bye into the Finals and waited for a young, overzealous Green team. The Prowlers would take the 8u championship on 4-2, and 5-1 wins.   Dawson Charles would be named Playoff MVP as he posted 4 goals and 2 assists in the series.

 

The 10u division would end up being no surprise as the Prowlers fed off their two-loss regular season with a clean sweep. The favorites would sweep the Stallions and then move on to sweep the Blizzard Orange with 6-3 and 7-1 wins.   The Prowlers spread the wealth all season but road the shoulders of Conner Daniel to the 10u Championship as he put up 12 points in 4 games for MVP honors.

 

This organization would continue to dominate in the 12u Major division as they did all year long. The Prowlers Grey squad came together early and worked their way to a 18-3-1-0 record atop the division standings. They would then proceed to knock off the 4th seeded Fire in their first series Sunday and finish things off with a series sweep of the Thunder for the 12u Major Championship.   Harry Hambrick would win Playoff MVP honors and take home the individual hardware.

 

12u Minor division was a surprise but not the name of the team on top. The Prowlers would again hoist the Jr PIHA Trophy in this division after beating the favored Thunder in a spectacular 3-game final.   The teams would split the first two games, both winning by sizable margins and be looking at a single game to see who would be crowned. The Prowlers won a nail-biter by a goal to take home their 4th championship in as many divisions.   Bobby Mills would score a natural hat trick in the decisive game three and be awarded the division’s Playoff MVP.

 

Although Coach Cody, was looking for the Division Clean Sweep the 15u division had been a tough one throughout the 2016 season. Both Fire teams would find themselves atop the division tied in points but would then, find themselves, watching from the side as they were both upset in their first round tilts.   An experience Blizzard Orange team would move past a ‘play-in series’ against their counterpart, Blizzard White to upset the 1st seeded, Fire Red squad.   Then a young, talented Prowlers team finished off the upsets with a thrilling 2-games to 1 wins over the Fire Grey.   With the Prowlers coming off an emotional win and the Orange looking at potential games 6, 7, and 8 for the day, the Final would be anyone’s to take.   The Blizzard proved to much for the Prowlers and would be lifting the 15u trophy and Jr PIHA Champions. Chase Trautwein was named Playoff MVP as he led this team at both ends of the rink.

 

As the 2016 season ends and we already look forward to 2017, the coaches and Xfinity staff are excited for these young players grow at this amazing game.   What a great weekend of hockey.

Jr PIHA Playoffs Are Set

After a couple crazy weeks between Holidays the Jr PIHA playoffs in the Rockies are set. Here’s how it panned out:

 

8u

The 8u division was flipped on its head after this past Sunday when the leading Blizzard lost 3 of 4 and let a surging Prowlers squad take first place. That sets up a must win first round matchup of the Thunder Green team against the Blizzard. Winner will take on the waiting Prowlers.   All series are Sunday beginning bright and early at 7am.

 

10u

A rough season for the Thunder and they find themselves on the outside looking in as the Blizzard teams will face each other in the first round and the division leading, Prowlers will take on the Stallions. Series will be played Saturday at 10am and 1130am.

 

12u Major

This division was one of the closest as only 2pts ended being the difference between playing next weekend or watching.   The Fire ended up outlasting the Prowlers Black and will face the other Prowlers team, Prowlers Grey.   That will leave an all Springs semi as the 2nd seeded Thunder will take on crosstown rival, the Stallions.   12u Major playoffs kick off Champions Weekend at Xfinity Sports Arena at 7am, Saturday.

 

12u Minor

Thunder / Prowlers looks like the obvious matchup to see who wins this division but the Prowlers will have the tougher road as they face an improving Stallions squad. One of these teams will look to then knock off the favored Thunder team in the final. The 12u Minor champion will be the last team crowned as the semis begin Sunday, at 230pm.

 

15u

While the Fire organization is looking to continue their winning ways, there are several teams behind them looking for upsets. Again two Blizzard teams are matched up as the Orange and White teams will battle to see who moves on to face the division leading, Fire Red.   Fire Grey found themselves in 2nd after a tiebreaker and will face the Prowlers. Series begin at 830am on Sunday.

 

Come watch some inline hockey playoffs at Xfinity Arena this coming weekend.

 

Below is the Full Playoff Schedule:

8u

Sunday, December 18th

Blizzard (2) v Thunder Green (3)                                                700am

Prowlers (1) v Winner 2v3                                           1000am

10u

Saturday, December 17th

Prowlers (1) v Stallions (4)                                                             1000am

Blizzard Orange (2) v Blizzard White (3)                                1130am

Championship Series                                                          430pm

 12u Major

Saturday, December 17th

Prowlers Grey (1) v Fire (2)                                                           700am

Thunder (2) v Stallions (3)                                                               830am

Championship Series                                                          100pm

12u Minor

Sunday, December 18th

Prowlers (2) v Stallions (3)                                                             230pm

Thunder (1) v Winner 2v3                                             630pm

15u

Sunday, December 18th

Blizzard Orange (4) v Blizzard White (5)                                830am

Fire Red (1) v Winner 4v5                                                              1130am

Fire Grey (2) v Prowlers (3)                                                              100pm

Championship Series                                                          400pm

 

Two For The Price of One on December 17th

The Colorado Springs Thunder organization will again outdo itself as the organization looks to raise money during their Charity Jersey Auction.   Difference this season…. There’s two teams, two different jerseys, and two series of hockey with huge playoff implications.

 

The expansion Vikings team is in a heated battle for the third and final spot in the Rocky Mountain Division playoffs while the Thunder are trying to clinch the first round bye. Both teams will play on Saturday, December 17th and both will be sporting custom, Christmas themed, jerseys!

 

Colorado Springs fans will have their first chance at these jerseys at 3pm on Saturday as the Vikings look to raise money for the Bob Greene Memorial Foundation.   Vikings coach, Mike Greene, along with brothers Rick and Bob have established the foundation to carry on Bob’s mission. The funds from this event will serve as an emergency find to help a family pay fees when a sudden event currently and adversely effects a family’s financial situation making it difficult for them to pay fees owed to CSAHA.   The Greene family is revered throughout the Colorado Springs community for their dedication to the sport of hockey in the area and their commitment to help, whenever possible, our youth within this great game.

 

The Thunder squad will take the floor at 715pm sporting one-of-a-kind jerseys in hopes that they also, can help out a great cause.   Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation is an organization of hockey players dedicated to helping hockey families in crisis due to catastrophic injury or illness. The organization has raised over $1,200,000 and even more importantly, positively impacted the lives of many. The organization was established in 2011 and has become a spectacular resource for families in need.

 

All of this could not be done without the tremendous support by the Colorado Springs community.   The Thunder would like to send a huge thank you out to Freedom Honda for purchasing the Thunder and Vikings uniforms and events.   With the help of Freedom Honda all proceeds will be donated to these foundations.

 

Below is an overview of the days events:

 

  • Saturday, December 17th
  • Vikings v Stallions @ 300pm
    • Series is brought to you by Freedom Honda
    • All proceeds will be donated to the Bob Greene Memorial Foundation
  • Thunder v Stallions @ 715pm
    • Series brought to you by Freedom Honda
    • All proceeds will be donated to the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation
  • All games held at Xfinity Sports Arena (3325 Meadow Ridge Dr – COS, CO – 80920)
  • General Admission $7.00
  • More info call 719.200.4208

Jr PIHA…… Who’s On Top?

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.

Well Into the 2016 Season And There Is Still No Clear Favorite

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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.

JR PIHA Almost Half Way To Home

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:

 

8u

Steven Frickell #26

Jr Blizzard

Position: Goaltender

 

10u

Calen Balatbat #87

Jr Prowlers

Position: Forward

 

12u Major

Harry Hambrick #66

Jr Prowlers Grey

Position: Defense

 

12u Minor

Jacob Mathews #19

Jr Thunder

Position: Forward

 

15u

Drew Medina #31

Jr Fire Grey

Position: Goaltender

 

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.

 

Columbia Rolls Into Their First PIHA Season

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.