By Michael Hicks
LOVELAND — Konrad Reeder’s goal with 5 minutes, 53 seconds left in regulation snapped a 1-all tie and lifted the Colorado Eagles to a 2-1 victory over Wichita on Saturday night at the Budweiser Events Center.
The win improved the Eagles’ Central Hockey League-leading record to 29-6-1, 59 points. Northwest Division foe Wichita dropped to 12-23-2 (26 points).
Neither team scored in the first period — only the fourth time this season that an Eagles game was scoreless after the first 20 minutes. But just like in the previous three, Colorado found enough offense the rest of the way to score the victory.
Aaron Schneekloth gave Colorado a 1-0 lead 41 seconds into the second period off. That’s where things stood until Wichita tied the game with 13:37 remaining in regulation on Jason Duda’s goal.
Morgan Cey made 34 saves in goal for the Eagles. His counterpart, Wichita’s Krister Toews stopped 32 shots.
“It was huge,” said Cey, who won for the first time since a 4-3 win at New Mexico on Dec. 19, about how big Saturday’s win was for his confidence. “Obviously, (Eagles teammate) Andrew (Penner) is the best goalie in the league. He’s going to play a lot of game. I just want to be ready once I get called upon so I can contribute to this team.”
Saturday’s game was the only meeting between teams this season at the Budweiser Events Center.