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.