Rocky Mountains Division

Monday, December 17, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup 2012-13: Volume II

Week two of the PASL Rocky Mountain Division season opened with the top two teams in the standings battling it out in a late Friday night tilt in Colorado Springs.  Over 200 fans witnessed an impressive victory by the home club Colorado Blizzard, in their first match-up against FC Denver.  After impressive wins by both clubs in week one, the Blizzard would show the new guys on the block why they are still the team to beat in the division.  The Blizzard jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, and would never trail, leading 3-1 after one quarter.  However, FC Denver would settle down and keep things even in the second quarter, going into the half down 5-3.  A physical third quarter would see two power play goals and two penalty kills by the Blizzard, which would ensure their victory.  The Blizzard led 8-3 after the third, and cruised to a 10-4 win. 

The match was a very physical one with 7 total penalties, 5 of them for 6 team fouls.   Eric Goldberg and Odobong Obettete led the Blizzard attack with 2 goals and 2 assists apiece.  Jesse Black also had 2 goals and 1 assist.  Justin Dzuba had 42 saves, while FC Denver starting goaltender Wally Fink left with an injury in the final 10 minutes.  Raul Elias led FC Denver with 3 goals.  

On Saturday night, the Blizzard would play their second match in less than 24 hours, as they traveled north to play the Denver Dynamite in front of 350 fans at the APEX Field House in Arvada.  The Dynamite came out determined to show that they are still a contender in this Division, and they did just that.  The Dynamite played hard out of the gates, leading the 2 and 0 Blizzard by a score of 1-0 after the first.  The Blizzard would fire back and dominate the second quarter to take a 4-1 lead at the half.   In a defensive, hard fought third quarter, Tony Avery would score a breakaway goal right after a Dynamite penalty kill to cut the lead to 4-2.  Early in the fourth the Dynamite, refusing to give up, scored a shorthanded goal to pull within one.  With 4 minutes remaining Michael Archuleta was given a red card, and the Dynamite were awarded a 5 minute penalty.  After peppering the net for 3 minutes and eventually bringing in the 6th attacker, Travis Carey scored with 58 seconds remaining for the Dynamite to cap a very entertaining 4-4 draw. 

Tony Avery led the Dynamite with 7 shots and 2 goals, while Mike Ogletree picked up a shorthanded goal and one assist.  Jesus Ramirez led the Blizzard with 4 shots and 2 goals.   Justin Dzuba had 23 saves to help preserve at least a tie for the Blizzard.   Garrison Goodner also turned in a clutch performance in goal for the Dynamite with 25 saves. 

Justin Dzuba earned Defensive Player of the Week, as he continues to be the rock in goal for the Blizzard, with 65 saves over two games, and a consistent 4.0 Goals Against Average.  In a close call for Offensive Player of the Week, the nod goes to Dynamite Forward Tony Avery who played a key role in earning the upset tie for the Dynamite against the Blizzard, with 2 goals.    The Division Office has also announced that Michael Archuleta will receive a one game suspension, to be served during the Blizzard’s next match, Saturday January 12th when they host the Dynamite.   

After 2 weeks, the Colorado Blizzard sit atop the Division with 7 points (2-0-1), and will remain that way going into the holiday break.  FC Denver is in second with 3 points (1-1). Like the Blizzard, they will not play again until 2013.  In what is turning out to be a very important game next Saturday at 8pm in Monument, the third place Denver Dynamite (0-1-1, 1 point) will travel south to face the CSC Cavalry (0-1, 0 points) in a rematch of the US Arena Open Cup Qualifying match, three weeks previous.  In an 8 game season with no playoffs, the loser of this match will have the tough task of playing catch up if they want to make Nationals.  The Cavalry will have no holiday break, as they are also getting ready for a trip to Las Vegas on Friday the 28th, when they will play the professional Las Vegas Legends in the US Arena Open Cup Round of 16. 

Rocky Mountain Roundup 2012-13: Volume I

              The 2012-13 Rocky Mountain Division season is underway with 4 teams strong, albeit half of them new.  The former Pikes Peak Cavalry have returned as the CSC (Colorado Sports Center) Cavalry; and the brand new FC Denver, who have fielded competitive amateur outdoor teams, make their indoor debut.   The Cavalry and FC Denver replace the Edwards Freedom and longtime Division member, the Fort Collins Fury.  The top two clubs from last season return with the bulk of their rosters intact, including the defending champion Colorado Blizzard, and runners-up/former PASL-Pro club Denver Dynamite.  

               A week before the regular season started, the Denver Dynamite traveled to Monument for a US Arena Open Cup Regional Qualifier.  The opponent would be the CSC Cavalry, who were playing their first match since the 2010 Summer season.  The players on the field were no strangers, especially considering the many former Dynamite players on the Cavalry roster, including player/coach Pete Randall, Poncho Puente, and Beto Hernandez.   The Cavalry would be quick out of the gates with a 5-2 halftime lead and a 9-3 lead after the 3rd quarter.  The Dynamite would get their offense going in the 4th, but the Cavalry still prevailed in impressive fashion, 12-7.  Thanks to superb Goaltending by Miguel Reyes, the Cavalry won by a margin of 5 goals, despite being out shot 54-29.   The Cavalry will represent the Rocky Mountain Division in the US Arena Open Cup round of 16, getting a shot at the pro level.  The Cavalry will travel to Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday December 28th at 7pm (Pacific Time).  They will take on the PASL Southwest Division leading Las Vegas Legends, who currently have a record of 5-1.   

                Two inner city rivalries kicked off regular season Week 1, one new and one renewed.   On Friday night the Dynamite took on FC Denver.  After an even first quarter, FC Denver broke through in the 2nd Quarter,  taking a 5-2 halftime lead.   The Green machine would never look back on the way to their first PASL win, 9-4.   The scoring was spread around in this match, as FC Denver’s Joel Miller was the only multiple goal scorer with 2.  FC Denver had a vocal cheering squad, and looks to be a good addition to the league, on and off the field.   

                The Colorado Springs rivalry was resurrected Saturday night, as the Colorado Blizzard began the defense of their Divisional Title against the region’s Arena Open Cup representative, the CSC Cavalry.   A standing room only crowd at the Colorado Springs Sports Center witnessed an offensive flurry of goals as the Blizzard won 14-4.  In typical Blizzard fashion, the scoring was shared by 9 players.   Jesse Black led with 3 goals and 3 assists, Eric Goldberg had 2 goals and 2 assists, and Kelly Robinson had 2 goals and 1 assist.  Justin Dzuba turned in another solid performance in goal with 26 saves.  

                Starting this season, the Rocky Mountain Division Office will be announcing Defensive and Offensive players of the week.   When determining players of the week,  game MVP's, statistics, and intangibles like game changing plays will be taken into account.  In Week 1, Colorado Blizzard Forward Jesse Black earned offensive player of the week, hitting for the cycle with 3 goals and 3 assists.  In a tight race for defensive player of the week, the nod goes to FC Denver Goaltender Wally Fink, who tallied 26 saves, a 90% save percentage, and only 3 goals against.    

                After one week of play the Colorado Blizzard and FC Denver are tied for first at 1-0, while the Denver Dynamite and CSC Cavalry are 0-1.  Week 2 will see FC Denver take on the Colorado Blizzard in a clash of league leaders, in a late night affair at the Colorado Springs Sports Center, Friday at 10:00pm.   On Saturday, the Blizzard will play their second game of the weekend, traveling north to face the Dynamite in their home opener at the APEX Field House, at 8:30pm.    The CSC Cavalry have the weekend off.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Open Tryouts Announced with Denver Naming Dynamite Jay Coach

Arvada, CO – The Denver Dynamite, as they continue to restructure for their return to the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL), have named Jay Hamilton as the player/coach as they return to the Apex Field House in Arvada, CO for the PASL’s amateur development league: Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier) 2012-13 Season.

Jay Hamilton was one of the first 6 players signed to Dynamite in 2008 for the inaugural 2008-09 PASL season where he was the first player to score 7 goals in a single game on March 1, 2009 and still maintains the PASL record for most points in a match with 11.

Joining Coach Hamilton, will be at least 5 returning PASL players and maybe you if you got what it takes as the Denver Dynamite (winningest and longest running Pro/Semi-Pro indoor franchise in Colorado) is looking to fill its remaining roster spots for the 2012-13 season.

Open tryouts are fast approaching and will be held on Oct 13th at Apex Field House from 8-10pm!! We are asking all players to pre-register by sending me an email, or going online to Facebook and commenting on our page. Tryouts will cost players $25 and will guarantee an honest look by our coaching staff. Future tryouts may be conducted on Oct 20th or 27th as necessary.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup Special Edition - Blizzard at the PASL-Premier Nationals, Wrap Up

The Colorado Blizzard went up against the nation's best amateur arena soccer teams and came away with a .500 record, finishing 1-1-1 and in 3rd place in group A.

After holding the Las Vegas Knights to only one goal to win their first game 2-1, the Blizzard took on the San Diego Sockers Reserves, who were fresh off a loss to the NW Division Champion WSA Rapids.  The Blizzard took the early lead in this match, and things were looking good.  An errant pass allowed the Sockers to tie up the match, but the Blizzard would retake the lead 2-1.  The Sockers would re-tie the match on a strange ball that bounced off the back wall and over Goalkeeper Dzuba's head, only to be headed in by a Socker.  The Sockers Reserves had Chris Toth in goal - not only did Chris play for the pro Sockers for a good chunk of this season while number one goaltender Riley Swift was out (winning all the games he started at the pro level), he is the son of legend Zoltan Toth.  The Blizzard pounded Toth in the last 3 minutes, but could not break the tie.  After day 1 the Blizzard led Group A at 1-1-1.

Coach Wells had this to say after day 1:  "Wow what a day for the Blizzard, we came here knowing we had a tough road ahead of us with the group we were put in. We knew we had to come out hard and fast since we were only playing two18 minute halves instead of our normal four 15 minute Quarters. Drawing the Las Vegas Knights first was actually nice, since we wanted a piece of them anyway from last years finals where they beat us in the first round at their home rink. We were knocking the ball around very well and had a good rhythm to the game. Its really hard for the players to adapt to a shorter game and knowing you have to get a result quickly isn't easy, the other teams come out playing aggressive from the start and it was a very physical game from the first whistle. Getting that win was huge for us and set an early tone around the complex. What a day to now have to turn our focus on the Sockers Reserve team, the host team. This game got even more physical and had added pressure with the crowd that had come to watch the home town team. The players settled in quickly and we looked like we were going to get the result we needed to advance to the semi final round until an errand pass out of the arch cost us the one goal, and then the really weird ball that bounced up and over Dzuba onto the head of one of the Sockers Players to tie things up. As a whole the day went well, we are on top of the group of death in 1st place so I'm happy and now we need to prepare for tomorrows game, we need a tie or a win to advance. We are all looking forward to watching the PASL - PRO semi-finals and then head back to the hotel for some rest."

 The Blizzard needed a win or tie against the Northwest Champion WSA Rapids going into day 2.  After dominating the Sockers Reserves 3-0, WSA blew a 3 goal lead against Las Vegas, coming into Saturday's match at 1-1.  The Blizzard came out flat in the first half as the Rapids would jump out to a 4-0 lead.  The Blizzard would regroup in the second half for 3 quick goals, and then the game settled down for the next ten minutes.  After a 6th foul penalty on WSA, Odobong Obetette would score a power play goal to even things up at 4 apiece.  The game pace picked up at this point, going end to end with numerous scoring opportunities for both teams.  With 37 seconds left WSA called a timeout - while the Blizzard only needed a tie to advance, the Rapids had to win.  The Rapids would bring in a 6th attacker, who was able to slip past a Blizzard player and pass the ball deep into the corner where another Rapids player was able to send the ball across the goal mouth, and the ball hit someone and ended up in the back of the net, giving the Rapids a 5-4 lead. With 15 seconds remaining it was the Blizzard's turn to call time out and set up the 6th attacker.  The Blizzard got off several shots with one hitting the post, but the Rapids survived the onslaught to win the game.  The Blizzard finished behind both WSA and Las Vegas in the group, ending their season. 

Coach Wells on the loss: "Not the result we were looking for, we just forgot to play the first half and it cost us dearly. It is hard enough playing from behind which is something we are not accustom to this year, but giving up 4 goals is bad form. The players showed some heart the second half coming back from being 4 goals down to tie it up. 37 seconds, wow, not sure what really happened in that span of time, it was almost like everything was moving in slow motion until the ball hit the back of the net, there was so much chaos in the Arch I don't even know who scored the winning goal, bottom line we shouldn't have tried to win the ball from the 6th attacker and just sit back and let them pass it around and run the clock out. I don't remember who it was nor do I care, this is a very special group of players, more like brothers and they play for each other so we win together and we lose together. It is sad to see such a great season end this way but the team is deserving of the #1 team in the PASL Premier League for the regular season at 8-0. At 9-1-1 it would be nice to be hoisting the trophy but hey, hopefully we will  be back next year and make another run at the National Title. I'm proud of the team for what they have accomplished this year and I look forward to next season"

The Final Group Standings:

Group A GP W L T Pt
Las Vegas Knights 32106

The Knights almost pulled off a repeat...

WSA Rapids 32106

Best performance yet for the Rapids...

Colorado Blizzard 31114

One bad half eliminated the Blizzard....

Sockers Reserves 30211

Someone had to finish last in the group of death
Group B GP W L T Pts
Vitesse Dallas 33009

The team of death?

Deft Touch

The surprise semifinalist of the Nationals....

Louisville Rayo 30211

Two respectable losses for the newcomer.

CF Revolucion  30211

Two bad losses, but a tie to finish.....

In the Semifinals, Las Vegas and Deft Touch battled to a 3-3 tie, and the game went to shootouts.  The Knights prevailed in the shootout, 3-2.  The second Semifinal was not as close - Vitesse Dallas showed their superiority, beating the WSA Rapids 4-1.  In a match up of two former champions, Vitesse Dallas would win their second National Championship, 5-3 over Las Vegas.  

Friday, March 9, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup Special Edition - Blizzard at the PASL-Premier Nationals, Day 1

The Colorado Blizzard finished day one in the PASL-Premier Nationals in San Diego with a win and a tie, to find themselves atop Group A.

The day started at 11am San Diego time against the defending national champion Las Vegas Knights, led by Josh Copeland.  In a defensive battle, the Blizzard held off the SW division champions, 2-1.  This was an impressive defensive result considering the Knights lit up the scoreboard for 18 goals in their last match before Nationals.   The Blizzard goalscorers were Jesse Black, assisted by Brian Contreras; and Joel Trainer, assisted by John Molet.  

A few hours later the Blizzard battled the San Diego Sockers Reserves to a 2-2 tie.  The Sockers Reserves benefit from the depth of the Sockers organization, with pro experienced players like Garth Archibald and David Beltran. Eric Goldberg scored both goals for the Blizzard, including a goal off a great outlet pass by Goalkeeper Justin Dzuba just before the halftime buzzer.  The other goal was assisted by Joel Trainer.  

Justin Dzuba continued his stellar goalkeeping into the Nationals, only giving up 3 goals in 2 games, and averaging about 15 saves a game.  

This year's tournament includes 8 teams, consisting of 2 groups of 4.  It could be argued that the group including the Blizzard should be called the "Group of Death".  Group A includes 3 of the 5 Division winners competing in the Tournament, including the WSA Rapids (of Bellingham, WA) who won the Northwest, the already mentioned Las Vegas Knights, and the host San Diego Sockers Reserves who were national runners up last year as the San Diego Fusion. 

Group B includes newcomers Deft Touch (of Orange County, CA), CF Revolucion Tijuana, Midwest Champion and newcomers Louisville Rayo, and the perennial South Central Champions, Vitesse Dallas.

After Day 1 the group Standings look like this......

Group A GP W L T Pts
Colorado Blizzard  21014

Rocky Mountain Champs

WSA Rapids 21103

NW Division Champs

Las Vegas Knights 21103

Defending National Champs, and SW Division Champs.

Sockers Reserves 20111

SW Division 3rd place and host....

Group B GP W L T Pts
Deft Touch 22006

SW Runners up, newcomers and somewhat unknown

Vitesse Dallas

Perennial PASL-Premier Powerhouse & South Central Champs

Louisville Rayo 20200

Louisville Lightning Reserve Team - Midwest Champs

CF Revolucion  20200

Tijuana's Reserve team - 4th in the SW Division

The top two teams in each group advance.  The Blizzard need just a tie in their final group match against the WSA Rapids to advance.  However, the Blizzard will want to win this match so they can clinch first in Group A and get the higher seed.  This match kicks off Saturday at 11am, Noon in Colorado.  Everyone is still alive in the competitive "Group of Death".  In Group B Vitesse Dallas and Deft Touch, the surprise of the Tournament, have already advanced.  Vitesse Dallas, with plenty of pro experience, were expected to advance out of Group B. Vitesse and Deft play after the Blizzard to determine who will get the higher seed from Group B.  If the Blizzard can beat WSA they will play the loser of that match in the Semifinals.  The Semifinals kick off at 2 and 2:45 pm, and the National Championship is at 5:05 pm (all matches Pacific Time). 

Updates from the tournament can be found through the following medias:

PASL-Premier Facebook Page:

PASL-Premier Wikipedia Page:

PASL-Premier Website:

Monday, March 5, 2012

PASL-Premier ALL Rocky Mountain Division TEAM

Congratulations to the first ever PASL-Premier ALL Rocky Mountain Division TEAM. 

Not since 2007-08, when it was held league wide in the Premier Arena Soccer League, has there been such a distinction.  Where in that season, the PASL All-Stars, featuring Rocky Mountain Division's Tony Thomas (representing the Colorado Predators) and Pete Randall (representing the Colorado Rush) fell 27-10 to the California Cougars of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). 

The Rocky Mountain Division seeks to do the same but against either a Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) team or possibly an inter division All-Star Game where the North and Central team players would take on the South and Western team players in the very near future.

PASL All Star Team voting results, roster and criteria is below.
How the team was chosen:
  1. Votes: Top vote getter's from the pool of players nominated by their respective teams (up to 11).
  2. Playing Time: How many games have they played in and contribute to the division.
  3. Team: Making sure each team was represented if any players were nominated.

1st Team

Goalkeeper...Justin Dzuba......Colorado Blizzard
Defender.....John Molet........Colorado Blizzard
Defender.....Jason Gates.......Ft. Collins Fury
Midfielder...Brian Contreras...Colorado Blizzard
Forward......Zach Speed........Ft. Collins Fury
Forward......Jesse Black.......Colorado Blizzard
2nd Team

Goalkeeper...Brent McKim........Ft. Collins Fury
Defender.....Tony Avery.........Denver Dynamite
Defender.....Matt Zamremba......Edwards Freedom FC
Midfielder...Eric Goldberg......Colorado Blizzard
Forward......Odobong Obetette...Colorado Blizzard
Forward......Jay Hamilton.......Denver Dynamite

3rd Team

Goalkeeper...Brandyn Bumpas.....Denver Dynamite
Defender.....Ryan Creager.......Colorado Blizzard
Defender.....Jimmy Wade.........Colorado Blizzard
Midfielder...Michael Ogletree...Denver Dynamite
Forward......Ubaldo Trujillo....Edwards Freedom FC
Forward......Zach Cousins.......Ft. Collins Fury

Honorable Mention

Goalkeeper...Michael Archuleta..Colorado Blizzard
Defender.....Taylor Kendal......Denver Dynamite
Midfielder...Travis Carey.......Denver Dynamite
Midfielder...Noah Lenners.......Ft. Collins Fury
Midfielder...Tony Thomas........Denver Dynamite
Midfielder...Mitch Lobdell......Colorado Blizzard
Forward......Jason Boyle........Denver Dynamite

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 10

The 2011-12 Rocky Mountain Division season ended in fitting fashion, with a doubleheader between the top two clubs.  After 2 postponements, the league leading Blizzard finally were able to play the Dynamite at their new home in Arvada.

Game one saw the Dynamite jump out to an early and impressive 2-0 lead.  This served as a wake up call for the Blizzard, who bounced back to tie the match by halftime 2-2, and dominated the second half to win 6-2.  Eric Goldberg would lead the Blizzard with two goals.

The now 7-0 Blizzard and 3-3-1 Dynamite would play one more time, and this time it would also count as the Division championship, due to financial and time issues preventing a separate final.  The Blizzard would prove yet again why they are the Division's best, picking up where they left off in game one and storming to a 3-0 lead.  The clubs would trade goals to go into the final break at 4-1.   The Blizzard would continue the onslaught in the second half, extending the lead to 7-1.  The Dynamite would have two nice goals to bring the final score to 7-3 Blizzard.  It was an impressive performance by Odobong Obetette, who had 3 goals and 2 assists, and a total of 4 goals and 3 assists on the night. 

The Blizzard are the first club to go undefeated and win the Rocky Mountain Division Title.  (The Colorado Predators went undefeated in the regular season in 2007-08, but were upset by Albuquerque in the Championship Final) 

A pleased Coach Wells had this to say, after the season ending performance:  "We came up here tonight expecting a battle, and the way the Dynamite came out with 2 quick goals it looked like we were in for a long night. As shifts were coming in and out of the bench, I was making my rounds telling each shift to calm down and play our game, work the patterns, read what they are giving you. It was our 3rd shift that calmed everything down and began to pressure as a group, and the 1st and 2nd shift followed by example. As soon as we started playing collectively as a group you could see the shift in momentum, and the guys started connecting passes that lead to goals. Once we took control of the game you could see the confidence building in the players and it was obvious they were focused from that point on. I'm very proud of the players and the effort they put forth over the course of the season, and we look forward to representing the Rocky Mountain Division in San Diego in March at Nationals. An 8-0 season is really tough with the quality of teams we have in the Rocky Mountain Division, and I hope that we can carry this momentum and good form into Nationals. Thanks to all the Teams in our Division."

The Final Standings look like this......

Rocky Mountain Division GP W L T Pts
Colorado Blizzard  880024

Undefeated and headed to San Diego

Denver Dynamite 834110

With a strong core of players the future is bright.....

Ft. Collins Fury    834110

Add some depth, and the Fury will be back among the Division elite...

Edwards Freedom   80622

Perhaps the best winless team in PASL-Premier?

The domination by the Blizzard also showed in individual statistics.  In goalkeeping, Justin Dzuba led the Division with a 2.25 GAA in 4 starts, while his teammate Michael Archuleta had the second lowest GAA with 3.86 in 3 starts.  Eric Goldberg was the Division's goal leader, with 11 on the season.   Odobong Obetette tied Zach Speed of Fort Collins for second with 10 goals, but Obetette also led the Division with 12 assists.  Duane Pelz of Edwards came in 4th with 7 goals, and Tony Avery of Denver finished 5th with 6.  Jay Hamilton of the Dynamite finished 2nd in the Division in assists, with 8. 

The Blizzard will take the next 2 weekends off as they prepare for the PASL-Premier Nationals, March 9-10 in San Diego.  The Blizzard have depth at all positions, including two solid goalkeepers in Dzuba and Archuleta.  The defense (as well as goalkeeping) has always been a strong point for the Blizzard, with  players like Jimmy Wade, Kelly Robinson, and John Molet.  The five previously mentioned players all have PASL-Pro experience with the Dynamite, or the Colorado Lightning in the case of Archuleta.  If Obetette and Goldberg continue to produce on offense, this club will be a contender in San Diego.  Of course anything can happen at the PASL Nationals, but the Blizzard's depth should have them well prepared for a tournament where you could play as many as 6 games in 2 days. 

There are 5 other divisions in the PASL-Premier, and the Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, and Great Lakes will decide their championships this coming weekend, punching 4 more tickets to the finals.  The South Central Division will play through the final weekend before Nationals.  The San Diego Sockers Reserves will likely be in as hosts, plus a few at large berths.  Stay tuned for a special PASL-Premier finals preview edition of the Roundup, where we will take a look at not only the Blizzard's group opponents, but the tournament in general.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 9

On the biggest weekend in the Rocky Mountain Division, only 2 teams were left standing by the end.

Friday night opened the action as the Dynamite hosted a Fort Collins Fury Club traveling with only 7 players.  An evenly played first half saw the Dynamite lead 4-3 at the break.  A three line attack by the Dynamite would eventually wear the Fury down, in a very clean and well played match by both squads.  The Dynamite won the match 11-5.  Tony Avery led the Dynamite with 3 goals while Jay Hamilton led with 4 assists.  Taylor Kendal, Travis Carey, and Jason Boyle each had 2 goals for the Dynamite; while Zach Cousins and Mark Kupter each had 2 goals for the Fury.  

On Saturday the Dynamite traveled up to Edwards for a very important doubleheader, against a Freedom squad with only pride to play for.  The Freedom would defend their home field well, holding the Dynamite to a 5-5 tie in what amounted to a high scoring affair in the first of 2 shortened games.   The Dynamite jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half, only to be outscored by the Freedom 5-2 in the second half.  Alex Zelaya led the Freedom with 2 goals, and Beto Hernandez led the the Dynamite with 2 goals and 2 assists. 

The teams settled down defensively in the second game.  The Freedom led 2-1 halfway through the second game, but the Dynamite would rally with 2 goals in the second half, capped off by Travis Carey's game winner to earn a huge 3-2 victory, collecting 4 points on the night and 7 points on the weekend.  Jay Hamilton assisted on 2 of the 3 Dynamite goals in game two, while no individual player scored more than one goal. 

For the last match of the night and weekend, the Division leading Colorado Blizzard hosted a Fort Collins Fury club who were fighting to stay in contention.  Because the Dynamite tied their first match in Edwards, the Blizzard could clinch first in the regular season with a victory.  Similar to the night before, the Fury had only 8 players travel, allowing for only 2 substitutes.  The Blizzard roared to a 4-0 lead by the end of the 1st quarter, only to see the Fury come back in the 2nd quarter to make it 4-3 at halftime.  The Blizzard would start to pull away in the second half, leading 6-3 after 3 quarters, and eventually winning 8-4.  It was truly a team effort for the Blizzard, with 8 different goalscorers.  One of the goal scorers, Odobong Obetette, led the Blizzard with 3 assists.  Cole Dudley led the Fury with two goals, while Devon Koncar had 27 saves in goal for the Fury.  Micheal Archuleta got the start in goal for the Blizzard, picking up the win and earning 20 saves.  

After Week 9, the standings look like this......

Rocky Mountain Division GP W L T Pts
Colorado Blizzard  660018

The regular season champs....

Denver Dynamite 632110

7 points in one weekend, and the Dynamite pass the Fury!

Ft. Collins Fury    834110

The Fury are out as the Dynamite hold the tiebreaker....

Edwards Freedom   80622

The Freedom will now look to next season.....

All that remains in the regular season are two matches between the top two clubs, the Denver Dynamite and Colorado Blizzard.  Technically the Dynamite could fall into a tie with the Fury if they lost both regular season matches.  However, the Dynamite own the tiebreaker for second over the Fury whom they have a 1-1 record against, as they outscored the Fury 14-12 in those two matches.  The Dynamite host the Blizzard this Friday night in a Doubleheader that starts at 9:45pm.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 8

Week 8 in the Rocky Mountain Division saw no action as the Dynamite home opener on Friday was postponed yet again, this time due to a snowstorm.  The Blizzard-Dynamite match will be moved to a later date, not yet announced. 

After Week 8, the standings still look like this......

Rocky Mountain Division GP W L T Pts
Colorado Blizzard  550015

Still one win away from clinching first

Ft. Collins Fury   632110

The Fury can clinch a playoff spot this weekend if they win 2

Denver Dynamite   31203

3 games in a huge weekend for the Dynamite

Edwards Freedom   60511

A doubleheader on Saturday to end the season

     The upcoming weekend is huge, with 4 games.  Friday night at 9:30pm, The Denver Dynamite will finally host their league home opener against the second place Fort Collins Fury.  This match could very well decide who finishes second in the Division, although both clubs are still mathematically alive for first. 

     On Saturday night at 7pm in Edwards, the Freedom close their season with a home doubleheader vs. the Dynamite.  The two matches pose a huge opportunity for Denver, with the possibility of collecting 6 points in one night.  If Edwards earn a sweep, it could end the Dynamite's playoff hopes!  Both matches will be shorter than regulation, with the second match slated for approximately 7:45 pm. 

     On Saturday night at 8pm in Monument, the Colorado Blizzard host the Fort Collins Fury in another huge match.  This match will no doubt be important for the Fury's playoff hopes, while the Blizzard hope to clinch first place in their final home match.  

     After the smoke clears from this weekend we should have a much clearer playoff picture, with only two matches remaining between the Dynamite and Blizzard. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 7

 A Week 7 that was light in action with only one match was light in goals as well....

On Saturday night in Monument, the Colorado Blizzard faced the Edwards Freedom for the second straight game.   The first half saw impressive defensive play on both sides, with the home team scoring one goal in each quarter.  With a 2-0 lead at the half, the Blizzard started to pick it up on offense in the 3rd Quarter, scoring 2 more goals for a 4-0 lead.  In the final Quarter, a 6th foul penalty by Edwards gave the Blizzard a power play, which they took full advantage of to take a 5-0 lead.  Edwards would not give up, and in the process took risks resulting in another goal, losing 6-0.  The one constant was the Blizzard defense and Goaltender Justin Dzuba, who made 16 saves in his first shutout of the season.  Dzuba has 5 career shutouts in the PASL, a very impressive statistic.  Ryan Creager led the Blizzard attack with 2 goals. 

Blizzard Coach John Wells had this to say: "With the great crowd we had tonight Dzuba picked a good night to have a shutout, the crowd was yelling and cheering every time he made a save, and the rest of the team fed off that energy. Overall it was a good performance by the players as we look forward to our return leg against the Dynamite next weekend. I will also be glad to have back several of our first choice players who have been away at Pro Combines trying to apply their trade at the next level. Thanks to all who came out and supported the Blizzard on Saturday night."

After Week 7, the standings look like this......

Rocky Mountain Division GP W L T Pts
Colorado Blizzard  550015

One win away from clinching first

Ft. Collins Fury   632110

The weekend of Feb.10/11 will decide their fate...

Denver Dynamite   31203

5 games in the next 3 weeks, a huge month for the Dynamite

Edwards Freedom   60511

A doubleheader on Feb.11th to end the season

Week 8 sees only one match as well, and it's a big one.  The undefeated Blizzard travel to Arvada to play at the home of the Denver Dynamite for the first time, on Friday night at 9:30 pm.  So far the Dynamite have come closer to beating the Blizzard than anyone else this season.  Both teams look to be at full strength in the league home opener for the Dynamite.  A win for the Blizzard will not only clinch a playoff spot, but it would clinch first place and the right to host the Division Championship Game.  The Dynamite, who do not want to see their rivals from the south clinch the regular season in their home opener, also need the victory to keep pace with the Fury for second place.