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."