SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — The Colorado Eagles captured their sixth Northwest Division title despite a 4-3 shootout loss at the Mississippi RiverKings on Saturday night. Colorado was the first team in the Central Hockey League to secure a playoff spot and the second team, behind the Odessa Jackalopes, to win a division title.
The Eagles wrap up their regular season March 21. Playoff dates and opponents will be announced as soon as possible.
Against the RiverKings, Colorado took a 3-1 lead into the third period behind goals from Kevin Ulanski, Aaron Schneekloth and Ed McGrane. Mississippi rallied with a pair of third-period goals to send the game into overtime. After neither team scored in the five-minute extra session, the RiverKings pushed three of four shots past Colorado goaltender Andrew Penner in the shootout to score the victory.
Mississippi held a 9-4 edge in power plays and a 51-24 advantage in shots.
Eagles add defenseman in time for playoffs
The Colorado Eagles claimed defenseman Clay Toring off waivers from the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Tuesday.
The rookie from Frontier, Saskatchewan, Thoring had three assists, a plus-one rating and 29 penalty minutes in 22 games with Bossier-Shreveport. He scored his first professional point in a game at Loveland’s Budweiser Events Center earlier this season.
“Clay will bring a valuable commodity to our lineup as a dependable, defensive defenseman,” said Eagles head coach Kevin McClelland. “He’s a steady influence on the back end and a player of solid character as well.”
Thoring, who played three seasons in the Western Hockey League, attended Arcadia University for one year before playing four seasons at the University of Regina. He played in 157 games at Regina, recording 14 goals, 46 assists and 242 penalty minutes.
He is expected to join the team tonight at Rocky Mountain before the Eagles host the Rage on Friday and the Rapid City Rush on Saturday.
Berthoud Duo Place Well at California Meet
Bailie Holst placed first in the all-around and Anna Megenhardt fifth as Premier Gymnastics of the Rockies competed in the 2009 California Classic at SCEGA Gymnastics in Del Mar, Calif., on Feb. 20-22.
Holst also took first place on the vault, second on the floor exercise, third on the balance beam and fifth on the bars. Megenhardt took third on the vault and fourth on the floor.
Spring Sports Registration Ongoing
Registration is ongoing for a 3-on-3 adult basketball tournament at Turner Middle School on March 28.
The tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until its conclusion. Cost is $85 per team. There will be 12 teams in the field.
Berthoud Parks and Recreation is also start accepting registration for the following youth activities – K2 soccer, youth soccer, girls softball, flag football and basketball camp. Registration will run through March 25.
For more information, call (970) 532-1600 or visit www.Berthoud.org .
Ice Football Tickets on Sale
Single-game and season tickets are on sale for the 2009 Colorado Ice indoor football season.
Season tickets cost between $120 and $280, depending on seat location. Single-game tickets are available for $15 to $35. Fans may also purchase group tickets of 20 or more for a 20 percent discount off regularly priced single-game tickets. Group tickets, however, are not available in all sections of the Budweiser Events Center.
The Ice will host an exhibition game March 13 against the Northern Colorado Wolfpack before opening the 2009 regular season on March 28 against the Billings Outlaws.
For more information, call (970) 472-0128 or visit www.TheColoradoIce.com .