LOVELAND, Colo. – With less than two weeks remaining in the 2012-2013 ECHL regular season, the Colorado Eagles have secured a playoff spot and are beginning to get healthy and restocked for the run to the Kelly Cup.
Last season’s league MVP, Chad Costello, returned from a long stint in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to add his remarkable puck handling and scoring touch to the injury riddled Eagles squad.
Perennial defensive star, Aaron Schneekloth, has recovered from injury and is back prowling the blue line and chipping in with some well timed offense. Also returning from injury is, Jake Marto, the young defenseman who is a product of the affiliation the Eagles share with the NHL Winnipeg Jets and the AHL St. Johns Ice Caps.
In the recently concluded three game set against Las Vegas, the Eagles managed to leap-frog the Wranglers for the number five spot in the Western Conference by wining two of the three games in the series.
Game one saw the Eagles battle hard against a tough Wranglers team and were rewarded with a three to one win. Rookie defenseman Collin Bowman scored two Eagles goals and the ECHL’s fastest skater, rookie forward Dylan Hood, tallied the third. Carlos Finucci chipped in a goal for the Las Vegas Wranglers.
The second game of the matchup was a Colorado 2 to 1 win with goals by Chad Costello and Michael Forney bookmarked around the Wranglers lone goal scored by Josh Harris.
A win by the Wranglers in Game 3 of the series was the result of a slippery goal by Wrangler Adam Hughsman against Eagles net minder Adam Brown early in the first period.
The savy Las Vegas team played very strong defense the rest of the way with a lot of help from goalie Mitch O’Keefe who turned away 28 Eagles shots to secure the shutout victory.
In the three different games played in the series with Las Vegas, the Colorado Eagles sported three different jerseys; Worn in game one were the primarily blue third jersey, in game two the team wore the traditional black home jersey, and game three saw a St Patricks Day motif incorporating the three colors from the flag of Ireland, green, orange and white, into the special jerseys used to raise funds for a local child suffering from Leukemia.
Here are a few select photos from each game:
Game 1: Eagles win 3 to 1
Game 2 Eagles win 2 to 1:
Game 3: Wranglers shutout Eagles 1 to 0