Rocky Mountain Division

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."