PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Colorado takes series 2 games to 1 against Las Vegas Eagles getting healthy for playoff run

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

Aaron Schneekloth returns to the lineup

Aaron Schneekloth returns to the lineup (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

 

Adam Brown and Colin Bowman

Adam Brown and Colin Bowman (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

 

 

Carlos Finucci is congratulated by his linemates

Carlos Finucci is congratulated by his linemates (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Carlos Finucci, Jason Beatty, and Adam Brown

Carlos Finucci, Jason Beatty, and Adam Brown (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Colin Bowman

Colin Bowman (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Dylan Hood

Dylan Hood (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Game 2 Eagles win 2 to 1:

 

Josh Harris pokes thge puck into the Eagles net

Josh Harris pokes the puck into the Eagles net (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

 

#5 Josh Harris celebrates his goal

#5 Josh Harris celebrates his goal (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

#7 Michael Forney

#7 Michael Forney (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Chad Costello

Chad Costello (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Judd Blackwater #23 trips Kevin Ulanski #9

Judd Blackwater #23 trips Kevin Ulanski #9 (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Ray Kaunisto #24 and Francis Meilleur #16

Ray Kaunisto #24 and Francis Meilleur #16 (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Game 3: Wranglers shutout Eagles 1 to 0

 

 

Hughesman #19 scores the game winner

Hughesman #19 scores the game winner (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Jake Marto #25

Jake Marto #25 (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

#16 Francis  Meilleur and Trent Daavetilla #45 tangle legs

#16 Francis Meilleur and Trent Daavetilla #45 tangle legs (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

#20 Jason Beatty and #21 Rob Florentino mix it up

#20 Jason Beatty and #21 Rob Florentino mix it up (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Mitch O'Keefe makes one of his 28 saves

Mitch O’Keefe makes one of his 28 saves (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

Forney #7 and Ulanski # 9 battle #57 Charlie Cook to get the puck past O'Keefe in the final seconds

Forney #7 and Ulanski # 9 battle #57 Charlie Cook to get the puck past O’Keefe in the final seconds  (Photo by Terry Sanford)

 

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