December 10, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) - Colorado Eagles
Monday, December 3; ECHL announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class; Formal induction to take place in Loveland during All-Star Week, presented by CCM.
(LEAGUE RELEASE: PRINCETON, N.J.) - The ECHL announced on Monday that the 2013 inductees for the ECHL Hall of Fame are Dave Craievich, Marc Magliarditi, Steve Poapst and Darren Schwartz.
The four will be formally inducted as the sixth class of the ECHL Hall of Fame at a luncheon ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game in Loveland, Colo. on Wednesday, Jan.23, 2013. Details on the luncheon and ticket information will be released in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, December 5; 2013 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition & Fan Fest Details Announced
LOVELAND, Colo. - The Colorado Eagles and the ECHL announced today additional details regarding the upcoming 2013 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition & Fan Fest to be held on Tuesday, January 22 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. The fun-filled event will begin at 5:30, and it will include several unique experiences for hockey fans.
The 2013 ECHL Skills Competition (presented by CCM & OtterBox) is one of the highlights of the league's All-Star Week (presented by CCM). It will feature competitions between members of the Colorado Eagles and the All-Stars in events such as: Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater, Shooting Accuracy, Team Skills, Breakaways & more!
The coinciding Fan Fest will include displays from the Hockey Hall of Fame & interactive exhibits for fans to test their own hockey skills, presented by Sutton Special Risk. Some of hockey's most hallowed trophies will also be on hand, including the Stanley Cup & the Kelly Cup! In addition, several Colorado Eagles alumni will be in attendance.
Thursday, December 6; Costello named Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month
(LEAGUE RELEASE: PRINCETON, N.J.) - Chad Costello of the Colorado Eagles is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month for November.
Costello scored eight goals and added 21 assists for 29 points and was a +8 in 13 games during the month, helping the Eagles to a 7-5-1 record in November.
Friday, December 7; No Bull: Eagles Get First Road Win of Season in San Francisco
DALY CITY, Calif. - The Colorado Eagles defeated the San Francisco Bulls, 5-1, in the first of two games in as many nights at the Cow Palace. The win was the Eagles' first on the road this season, ending a club record eight-game winless streak away from the Budweiser Events Center. Chad Costello scored a pair of goals and Kyle Jones stopped 29 of 30 shots in the victory.
Saturday, December 8; Eagles Sweep Set in San Francisco
DALY CITY, Calif. - The Colorado Eagles won their second game in as many nights against the San Francisco Bulls, taking a 3-1 victory on the strength of 31 saves by Kyle Jones and a pair of goals by Jack Combs . They'll take their two-game winning streak home for a pair of games against the reigning Western Conference champion Las Vegas Wranglers Tuesday & Wednesday at the Budweiser Events Center.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday, December 11 & Wednesday, December 12; Eagles Look to Extend Winning Streak Vs. Las Vegas
Coming off a weekend sweep in San Francisco, the Eagles will play their first of just five home games in December, starting with a pair against the reigning Western Conference champion Las Vegas Wranglers. The Eagles & Wranglers nearly always put on a show, as both squads plan an up-tempo brand of hockey. Colorado, however, has struggled to get the best of the Wranglers, going 4-8-1 against them all-time, and just 1-3-1 at home. This year's Las Vegas team is just 3-3-2 on the road where they've been out-scored 20-17 -- meaning their losses have been by small margins.
Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December 15; Colorado & Stockton Renew Rivalry
It'll be over two months into the season, but the Eagles will finally get a chance at revenge against the team that swept them out of the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs -- the Stockton Thunder. Colorado won last year's regular season series against Stockton, 5-4-0, but that mattered little after the Thunder took three straight games in the opening round of last season's playoffs. Entering the week, Stockton is again one of the Western Conference's top teams, ranking 4th with 30 points. After the pair of road games this weekend, the teams will play four more times in early January (twice at the BEC) to close out their six-game season series (all within a 30-day span).
BULLYING THE BULLS - Colorado has found great success so far this season against the San Francisco Bulls. Through four meetings, the Eagles have out-scored the Bulls by a total of 21-5, with wins of 6-1, 7-2, 5-1 & 3-1. Their top line of Chad Costello (10 points), Jack Combs (9 points) & Michael Forney (7 points) have combined to average over two points a game each, while Kyle Jones has posted a perfect 4-0-0 record with a dazzling 1.25 GAA and .957 SV%.
ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY - Last weekend's sweep in San Francisco marked a good time for the Eagles to gain some momentum on the road, as December's schedule is road-heavy. Colorado will play just five games at home this month (their fewest in any month this season), and their eight road games are the most of any month other than March.
NET AVERAGE - It seems like common sense that a team's goals-against average would be lower in their wins than in their losses, but this season, Colorado's GAA splits have been markedly different. In their 10 wins, Colorado has allowed an average of just 1.8 goals/game (allowing just a single goal six times). But in their 10 regulation losses, the Eagles have allowed 4.9 goals/game -- an average of over three more. Even for the high-flying Eagles, solid defense and netminding are still part of the formula for success.
SPECIAL STATS - The Eagles own the league's best home power play percentage at 29.7%, but those numbers could be neutralized by Las Vegas' 2nd-ranked road penalty killing unit 89.3%. The Wranglers' road power play, however, is the worst in the league with a conversion rate of just 5.9%, helping their overall power play also rank a league-low 12.6% -- a surprising stat for a team with so much offensive talent.
SLOW STARTERS, FEISTY FINISHERS - The Wranglers have been the league's worst first period team so far this season. They've been out-scored 19-7 for a minus-12 differential that's tied with Utah for the worst in the ECHL, and their seven goals are by far the fewest of any team as well (Wheeling is next with 12). However, their plus-nine scoring differential in the third period is tied for he 4th-best in the league.
WASTED WRISTERS - The Wranglers lead the league in shots/game with 33.6, but they're scoring just 2.6 goals/game -- 2nd-fewest in the ECHL. That combines for a league-low team shooting percentage of .075, which pales in comparison to Colorado's league-leading team shooting percentage of .137.
LAMP(E) LIGHTER - One player that never has a problem with production when the Eagles and Wranglers meet is Las Vegas forward Eric Lampe, who always seems to shine his brightest! In 12 games last season, Lampe recorded 14 goals and 29 points in the season series against Colorado, accounting for 38% of his league-leading 37 goals. This season, Lampe was goal-less through the first four games until the Wranglers faced the Eagles, at which point he scored a pair of third period goals to fuel a comeback win for the reigning Western Conference champs. He's scored just six more goals in the 16 games since.
Toys For Tots - We'll be collecting new or lightly used toys for Toys For Tots at both of this week's home games December (11th & 12th).
Follow the Eagles on the Road at Stuft - Join other Eagles fans in watching all of the Eagles' road games this season at one of two Northern Colorado Stuft: a burger bar locations. Stuft is the exclusive public home for away broadcasts of the AmericaOne Sports feed.
Holiday Store in Foothills Mall Now Open - Our annual holiday store in Ft. Collins' Foothills Mall is now open (through Dec. 30), offering fans a convenient place to give their family and friends the "gift of hockey" this year! In addition, the store (located between the food court and Sears (previously Radio Shack) will be the ONLY place you can find 2013 ECHL All-Star merchandise prior to the new year.
All-Star Merchandise Now Available Online - We're happy to announce that due to demand from outside of Northern Colorado and in the spirit of holiday gift-giving, all of the 2013 ECHL All-Star merchandise is now available through the Colorado Eagles online store at www.ColoradoEaglesGear.com . Quantities are extremely limited, so act before it's too late!
Jr. Eagles Chicks - Looking for a unique gift idea? Registration for the annual Jr. Eagles Chicks clinics and in-game performance is now open!
Ladies Night - Our annual Ladies Night has been scheduled for Monday, February 18th at the Budweiser Events Center; doors will open at 6 p.m. This fun-filled evening with your Colorado Eagles players will include dinner with the players, a locker room tour, and much more. Tickets -- starting at $45 per person -- are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling the Eagles office at (970) 686-SHOT (7468) -- MUST BE 18 or older to attend.
Jersey Auctions @ EVERY Game - This season, we'll be auctioning off several jerseys at each home game at the Budweiser Events Center, giving fans more chances to pick up a unique piece of Eagles gear while helping to give back to NoCo at the same time! Throughout the season, several authentic jerseys -- most of them game-worn -- will be on display & up for bid in a silent auction behind Section K (next to the merchandise stand). The auction will open at 6 and close at the end of the second intermission. All of the money raised through the jersey auctions will go to the Colorado Eagles Foundation, and specialty jerseys (pink, camo, etc.) will benefit their respective local causes. If silent auctions aren't your style, we'll also have a "Buy It Now" jersey each night at the merchandise counter, priced to move and gone once it's purchased.