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