Rocky Mountain Division

Monday, December 17, 2012

Unbeaten Blizzard, Hand FC Denver First Franchise Loss

Friday, Dec. 14th was the first meeting of the Defending Champion Colorado Blizzard and the newest team in the PASL-Premier Rocky Mountain Division FC Denver; both fresh off of wins against their respective cross-town rivals.  But before getting down to business on determining who would hold on to first place, both the Blizzard and FC Denver asked the crowd to join them before kickoff for a minute of silence for the Children, Administrators and their families of the tragedy in Conneticut.  
The Blizzard came out off the opening whistle with the intent to welcome the leagues newest team to the PASL and let them know why they are the 4x league champions. The Blizzard did just that as they got out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. FC Denver settled into the game and was able to draw back 2 goals to make it 5-3 at the half way mark. 
As the game began in the 3rd quarter it quickly became a very spirited affair as both teams stepped up the intensity of play and physicality as the foul count began to mount up. Both teams had given up 6th foul penalties of which the Blizzard capitalized on 2 of them for goals as well as stopped FC Denver on 2 occasions with their solid Power Play Defense. As the game progressed the Blizzard began to show why they are the 4x Rocky Mountain Champions and continued to pepper the goal and opened the game wide open with 5 more goals in the second half to end the game with only allowing FC Denver 1 goal the entire second half in the last 1.5 seconds of the game on a free kick on top of the arc. 

Coach Wells, " We had anticipated them playing very physical being an outdoor team coming indoor so we knew we had to jump on them quickly. It was nice to see us get to 3-0 in the first 5 minutes of the 1st qtr. Once we took the lead the players were motivated to not let them back into the game and keep up the pressure all over the rink and not allow them to get into any type of rythum. To be honest I felt we played a little sluggish and that was not our best effort but If we can have a sluggish game and still put 10 goals in and a win against a quality team like FC Denver, I'll take it. Now we need to focus on a 15 hour turn around time as we face our rival from the North the Denver Dynamite who were home resting last night while we were battling with FC Denver. As Always it should be an exciting match, hope to see a lot of people there."
Overall it was a very spirited affair and the Colorado Blizzard remain atop of the Rocky Mountain Division at 2-0 as well as one of the top teams in the PASL with 24 goals for and only 8 against.  

The Blizzard don't return home until January 12th, where they will face the Denver Dynamite at the Colorado Springs Sports Center as they continue their quest for a 5-peat.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Blizzard Ready to Chill Opponents to the Core

The Colorado Blizzard are returning with the same core group of players that not only completed an 8-0 season in 2011/12, but also won their 4th straight Rocky Mountain Divisional Title and a trip to Nationals. The team's goal this season is to defend the Rocky Mountain Title, get back to Nationals and bring it back a National Championship to Colorado. In order to do this, the Blizzard have added a few new players in key positions to help with depth and keep their opponents on ice.

"Coach Wells"  - The players are looking sharp and training hard, they have that hunger in their eyes and are focused on getting back to the National Championships and getting the franchise its first National Title. Do not think we are overlooking any of our Rocky Mtn opponents, this division has always been tough and the teams always pose a threat; it is Indoor Soccer anything can happen on any night. But make no mistake about it we are focused and ready to defend our title and look forward to a very spirited season with our friends from the North."

The Blizzard open their 2012-13 campaign at home on December 8th against new southern rival CSC Cavalry at 8:00PM at the Colorado Sport Center in Monument, CO.

"The Colorado Blizzard staff and players would like to extend our prayers and thoughts to the Owner and GM of the Denver Dynamite, Chuck Estrada. Get well Chuck and we all look forward to seeing you out on the fields for many years to come my friend. " - Coach Wells

Friday, September 14, 2012

Colorado Blizzard 2012-13 Season

The Colorado Blizzard are looking forward to the new season for 2012-13, the team will begin training soon as we look to defend our Rocky Mountain Title for the 4th straight year and make another run at the National Title.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page as well as our blog to keep up to date on the Blizzards training and game schedules as they become available.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our Home games this season.
Thanks for all your support!
Coach Wells

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
32106

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
22006

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:
http://www.facebook.com/PASLPremier


PASL-Premier Wikipedia Page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011-12_PASL-Premier_Season#2011-12_PASL-Premier_Finals_.28at_San_Diego.2C_CA_-_Mar.9-10_2012.29

PASL-Premier Website:
http://www.arenaleague.com/schedules/Winter201112/41712008.html

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.

Monday, February 20, 2012

At 8-0, the Blizzard Have the Rocky Mountain Division Covered

The Colorado Blizzard traveled to the Apex Field House Friday night with one thing on their minds and that was to finish an undefeated season and be one of the only teams (circa 2007-08 Colorado Predators) to ever accomplish this from the Rocky Mountain Division. They knew it would not be an easy task with the Dynamite expecting to be at full strength and ready for the challenge. 

The night started off with the Dynamite coming out strong in game one - finding the net twice in the opening 5 minutes of play just to see the Blizzard come storming back with 2 of their own to tie the game up by halftime. 

As the second half got underway the Blizzard began to find their form and began a barrage of scoring opportunities that saw them go up by 2 goals with under 5 minutes to play, the Dynamite came out after a timeout going into their 6th attacker formation with Jay Hamilton as their 6th attacker. After a brief discussion during the timeout the Blizzard made some adjustments and came out with high pressure all over the field which created a errand pass by a Dynamite player and Captain Brian Contreras was able to find the back of the open net from mid-field and put the game out of reach.   With 2 minutes left, the Blizzard were able to find the net one more time before the end of regulation to end the 1st of 2 games 6-2. 

At 7-0 on the season the Blizzard could only concentrate on the fact that they were 2/20 minute halves from a perfect 8-0 season as they carried game one's momentum into the 2nd match.  The Blizzard wasted no time in finding the net as the second game began and jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. 

Finally as the score dwindled down to just 5 minutes left and a 6-1 bulge for the Blizzard. The Dynamite stepped it up and were able to find 2 quick goals to pull to within 3 at 6-3 but the pressure of the Blizzard was to much as the Blizzard found the net 1 final time to end the game at 7-3, thus completing their perfect season at 8-0.

Coach Wells, " 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."

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.  

Monday, January 30, 2012

Blizzard Sweeps Freedom in Shutout

In front of their home crowd Saturday night the Colorado Blizzard continued their unbeaten streak with a shutout against the Freedom to end their season series.

Former US National Indoor Team Keeper, Justin Dzuba, completed his first shutout of the season and his 5th in Blizzard team history in front of the Teams largest crowd this season.

The Blizzard found the net early, only to find the post for the next several shots before the end of the first quarter. The Freedom kept up a good defensive front, limiting the Blizzard to only one more goal before half to make the score 2-0.

As the third quarter began the Blizzard started finding more room on the rink with sharp accurate passes that led to 2 more goals while Justin Dzuba continued to keep the Freedom off the scoreboard.

The 4th Quarter started with some agressive play which lead to a '6th Foul' penalty for the Freedom and allowed the Blizzard to capitalize with a power play goal.  As the 4th progressed the Freedom was further spread out around the rink trying to apply high pressure in order to get back in the game. However, the offensive gamble allowed the Blizzard to counter and get their 6th and final goal of the match.

Coach Wells, "With the great crowd we had tonight Dzuba picked a good night to have a shutout, the crowd was yelling and cheering everytime 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."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 6

Week 6 in the Rocky Mountain Division saw matches in two states on Saturday night....

The Colorado Blizzard braved the elements on their trip to Edwards, on a snowy day in the Rockies.  The first half was a stalemate, with a 1-1 tie after the first quarter and a 3-3 tie at the break.  The road and weather weary Blizzard finally got going in the second half, erupting for 8 straight goals. Colorado led 8-3 after the third quarter, and then scored 3 more goals in the 4th before Edwards got their only goal of the second half to end the match.  The second half domination gave the Blizzard an 11-4 victory and a 4-0 record, alone at the top.

Blizzard Coach John Wells gave his take on the match: " It is always interesting driving to Edwards in the winter months, but hey, that's why we play indoor. Having several players get caught behind snow plows on the pass and not arriving much before kickoff made our line up a little off the first half. At halftime I made a few adjustments due to personnel and some interesting refereeing, and we found our stride and got back to playing Soccer, and I think the result speaks for itself. It's always good to get a win on the road. "

At the same time in the DFW area, a Dynamite squad that made a trek of their own (a 14 hour drive),  took on the PASL-Premier 2009 National Champion Vitesse Dallas.  Travis Carey, who led the Dynamite with 4 goals, started the scoring before Vitesse would score 3 straight to take a 3-1 lead after one quarter. Despite controlling much of the possession in the second quarter, the Dynamite could only manage a free kick goal from Dan Millard, and found themselves down 6-2 at the half.  Both squads would score 2 each in the third, with Carey scoring the Dynamite goals.  Starting the 4th down 8-4, Carey and Fernando Yepes would score for the Dynamite to cut the lead to 9-6 with 5 minutes left.

At this point in the match the Dynamite let it all hang out, according to Captain Dan Millard -“With just over five minutes left in the game, and back down to a three goal deficit, we knew the momentum had started to change and hoped some extra risks would lead to tieing up the game.” In the process Vitesse Dallas would score two more goals to win 11-6, but the Dynamite can walk away knowing they gave it their all.  Vitesse, who were led by the 3 goals of Tito Salas, now advance to the US Arena Open Semifinals for the second time. 

After Week 6, the standings look like this......


Rocky Mountain Division GP W L T Pts
Colorado Blizzard  440012

Halfway through the season, and still undefeated





Ft. Collins Fury   632110


With only 2 games left, the Fury will be doing lots of scoreboard watching down the stretch






Denver Dynamite   31203

Still in 3rd, but Denver has the most games remaining





Edwards Freedom   50411

One more loss/tie, and Edwards is mathematically eliminated from finishing in the top 2










This coming Saturday night at 8:15pm we will see a rematch between the Colorado Blizzard and Edwards Freedom, this time in the Colorado Springs Area, at the Colorado Sports Center in Monument.  The Blizzard look to further solidify their bid for a playoff spot, while the Freedom need to win to stay alive in the hunt for the top two.  This is the only game of the week in the Division.

The top two teams in the standings will make the Rocky Mountain championship match, provided both accept the invitation.  That match is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of February 25th.  The winner of that match would receive an invitation to the 2012 PASL-Premier National Championships in San Diego, March 9-10.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Blizzard Covers Edwards at the Pass

For the second year in a row the Colorado Blizzard had to drive through blizzard like conditions to get to the Edwards WECMRD Fieldhouse for their match on Saturday. The Snow was coming down hard as the Blizzard made their way over Vail Pass and was thinking how are we going to get home later.

After arriving safely in Edwards the game kicked off to a very vigorous and intense first quarter with the Blizzard jumping out to an early 1 goal lead which vanished quickly with a power play goal from the Freedom to tie up the game at the end of the 1st quarter.

The game got very chippy as the 2nd quarter progressed which saw another power play goal scored off a ricochet which gave the freedom a 1 goal lead, didn't last long as Colorado found thier game and found the net for 2 more goals before half and the freedom was able to equalize with a 3rd just before halftime.

As the 3rd quarter began the Colorado Blizzard appeared to have made some adjustments and began a 5 goal onslot as the Freedom players could only watch as the Blizzard goals began to pour in with the 3rd ending at 8-3.

The 4th quarter saw 3 more goals from Colorado, yet the Freedom captain Matt Zaremba was able to put one past the Blizzard in the final seconds of the match.

Coach Wells, " It is always interesting driving to Edwards in the winter months, but hey, thats why we play indoor. Having several players get caught behind snow plows on the pass and not arriving much before kickoff made our line up a little off the first half. At halftime I made a few adjustments due to personel and some interesting refereeing and we found our stride and got back to playing Soccer and I think the result speaks for itself. Its always good to get win on the road. "

League play continues for your 4-0 Blizzard this Saturday as the Freedom make a return trip to Monument as they try to return the favor. 8pm Kickoff at the Colorado Sports Center ( Soc N Roll ) in Monument, Co. Children 10 years of age and younger are Free with a paid Adult, Single Ticket price = $5.00, Family Ticket price = $10.00 per family of 3 or more.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 5

2012 opened with a bang in the Rocky Mountain Division, with two intensely close matches.

On Saturday afternoon, in a match moved to an earlier time to honor the Denver Broncos playoff run, the two arena soccer clubs involved matched the score of their football brethren on the day.  The Edwards Freedom and Fort Collins Fury scorched the nets in a 10-10 offensive shootout.  The 20 total goals was the highest in the Division this season. 

Later that night, a Denver Dynamite club missing 7 players came very close to upsetting the undefeated Colorado Blizzard who were missing 4 players, losing 4-3 in a defensive battle.  Roby Monroe led the Dynamite attack with a hat trick, scoring all of the team's 3 goals.  Justin Dzuba turned in another good performance in the nets for the Blizzard, maintaining a 2.5 GAA in two starts. 

After Week 5, the standings look like this......

Rocky Mountain Division GP W L T Pts
Colorado Blizzard  33009

Out of the Open Cup, but still undefeated in the regular season





Ft. Collins Fury   632110


With only 2 games left, the Fury will be doing lots of scoreboard watching down the stretch






Denver Dynamite   31203

Despite the spirited showing, Denver is now 2 games out of a playoff spot





Edwards Freedom   40311

Edwards picks up their first point of the season










Next Saturday night at 7pm, the Blizzard make their only trip to Edwards, hoping to preserve their undefeated record.  After the Edwards 10 goal performance, and the consistent defensive quality of the Blizzard, something has to give!

At the same, time the Denver Dynamite represent the division as they travel to the Lone Star State to take on Vitesse Dallas in the US Arena Soccer Open Championship Quarterfinals.   Vitesse, a PASL-Premier club from the South Central Division, opened their regular season last week with a 4-4 tie at the Austin Gunners.  The winner will earn a trip to the semifinals, where they would visit a PASL professional club, the Detroit Waza or the Cincinnati Kings.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Colorado Blizzard FANS - Join us on Saturday, January 14th at Soc n Roll in Monument for our next Home Game vs the Denver Dynamite.

Come out and watch your Colorado Blizzard face the Denver Dynamite for the first time in franchise history as they look to set the tone for their 1st of 3 game series with the Denver based team.

Coach Wells, " Saturday night will be a very exciting, fast paced, physical game I'm sure, when your the defending Rocky Mountain Champions every team wants to come into your Home arena and make a statement. My players are looking forward to mixing it up with the Dynamite and letting them know that we are the back to back to back Champions because we go out every night and earn it. This is a tuff league to play in and your players need to come ready to play every night because in Indoor Soccer a game can change in a matter of a few goals in a few seconds. This game should be a good one and hopefully we can get a good crowd out to watch us and support our local team and local players. "

Colorado Blizzard vs Denver Dynamite
8:30pm Kickoff
Soc n Roll ( Colorado Sports Center ) in Monument
$5 Single Ticket
$10 Family Ticket for families of 3 or more
10 and under free with a paid adult ticket

Thanks to all of our Fans that came out last Saturday night to support us. The Blizzard staff and players appreciate you all staying around to watch our Red/White Scrimmage since the opposing team did not come down from Fort Collins. Thank you so much and we hope to see you all on Saturday night in Monument.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 4

Week 4 of the Rocky Mountain Division was supposed to see two pivotal matches to end the holiday break.  Instead we saw one forfeit and one rescheduled match. 

On Friday night, the Dynamite were supposed to host the Colorado Blizzard in a match that doubled as the US Arena Open Soccer Championships Round of 16.  The Winter Break saw the Dynamite change their home venue from Highlands Ranch to the new APEX Field House in Arvada, as well as the Blizzard dropping out of the US Arena Open Championships.  This series of events led to the Dynamite being awarded a Quarterfinal berth in the Open Championships, as well as the regular season match between the two clubs being postponed to a later date, to be announced.

The Dynamite, who will be the Rocky Mountain Region's representative in the US Arena Open Championships, learned that they will be playing Vitesse Dallas in the Quarterfinals, after Dallas defeated Springfield 7-5 on Sunday.   The Dynamite will travel to Texas on January 21st for an 8:00PM kickoff in Arlington .  

In place of the regularly scheduled match, The Dynamite hosted "The Dynamite Showcase" between Dynamite Team 1 in Blue and Dynamite Team 2 in Red.  Dynamite Team 1 was victorious 6-3.

On Saturday night, the Colorado Blizzard were awarded a 3-0 forfeit victory over the Fort Collins Fury, who for some reason were unable to make the trip south.   After the forfeit, the standings look like this:



Rocky Mountain Division GP W L T Pts
Colorado Blizzard  22006

The Blizzard take a 2-0 record into their home match vs. the Dynamite on Jan. 14th....





Ft. Collins Fury   53209


The Fury will face each team on the road once to close out their season






Denver Dynamite   21103

After splitting two road games the Dynamite will finally play their 3rd match on Jan. 14th....





Edwards Freedom   30300

The 0-3 Freedom still have a shot to turn their season around....










On Saturday night, January 14th, the season will finally resume.  At 7pm in Edwards, the Freedom will hope to turn their season around versus the Fort Collins Fury.  The Fury will hope to boost their playoff hopes with a win to improve upon their 3-2 record.   At 8pm in Monument, the Blizzard (2-0) and Dynamite (1-1) will finally meet in a pivotal match for two clubs that each have 6 games remaining in their respective seasons.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Colorado Blizzard would like to acknowledge our Current Sponsors for the 2011-12 season.
Lead Sponsor and Jersey Sponsor - Doug Goldberg / Goldberg Law Center PC
Fast Signs - Colorado Blizzard Banner - Brian Harlow
Colorado Springs Racquet Club - Jim and Lori McPherson
Rustic Floor and Design Center - Rob Wetta
Thanks to all of our sponsors for their help with our 2011-12 Season.
If you or your business would like information on Sponsoring the Colorado Blizzard please contact John Wells at 719-440-2438 / coloradoblizzard@gmail.com
See Everyone Saturday night at our Home Opener / 8pm at Colorado Sports Center in Monument.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Colorado Blizzard Fans - Listen in on Wednesday January 4th on the Sports Animal Radio 1300AM as Coach Wells is the guest on Sports Affliction Radio. He will be talking about the upcoming Home game for the Blizzard and give you all some insider news on certain players and what to expect from your Team during the season. Anything Soccer, that is the topic tomorrow on the show as Coach Wells will join Chris and Sid on Affliction Radio 1300AM from 4 - 6pm, Coach Wells' segment will be at 4:30pm, have a listen. GO BLIZZARD!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Friday - January 6th- BEING RESCHEDULED
Colorado Blizzard vs Denver Dynamite
Original time - 7:30pm kickoff / Highlands Ranch Rec. Center
Due to a conflict in game times and a new facility needed for the Dynamite - This game is being rescheduled to another time and date. Will post game when available.
Colorado Blizzard vs Ft. Collins Fury
Colorado Sports Center ( Soc N Roll ) in Monument, Co.
Saturday - January 7th - 8pm kickoff

First Home Game for the Blizzard as they look to beat the Fury for a second time this season on the return leg of the home and away serious. The Blizzard handed the Fury their first loss of the season in Ft. Collins with the score of 10-2 back in December before the teams winter break.

8pm Kickoff at the Colorado Sports Center ( Soc N Roll ) in Monument, Co.

Children 10 years of age and younger are Free with a paid Adult
Single Ticket price = $5.00
Family Ticket price = $10.00 per family of 3 or more

Come and see the fast and exciting style of Indoor Professional Soccer as the Rocky Mountain Division Back to Back Champions the Colorado Blizzard begin defending their Home Turf and look to be once again the Rocky Mountain Champions.

Coach Wells, " Should be another exciting fast paced match against our rivals from the North, you can never take the Fury lightly, they are always a very good team and we have to bring our A game every night out in this Division, I hope to see a good crowd on Saturday. Come on out and support your local Team and after the game come out onto the field and meet the staff and the players. Hope to see you all there."