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Eagles claim Bud Poile Governors’ Cup

March 10, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Colorado Eagles News Release

LOVELAND, CO – In just their second season, the Colorado Eagles captured the Bud Poile Governors’ Cup with a 4-1 victory over the Amarillo Gorillas and are the 2004-05 Regular Season Champions. The Eagles clinched the title with five games to spare in the season, and have secured home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Colorado is now 40-9-6 in 2004-05 and an impressive 83-25-11 all time. A very impressive .744 winning percentage in a little less than two full seasons played. Kevin Marsh scored two goals after a three-game absence, and Tyler Weiman saved 28 of 29 shots for his league-leading 31st victory of the season.

The Eagles drew first blood on a great shorthanded effort by Karlis Zirnis and Kevin Marsh. Zirnis brought the puck in on the right wing side, left a trailer for Marsh who shot the puck on net, it ricocheted off Zirnis and into the net (2:51). It was Zirnis’ third straight goal for the Eagles as he scored the game tying and game-winning goal in the Eagles last game at San Angelo. It was the Eagles 12th shorthanded goal of the season which is second in the CHL. Kevin Marsh kept the push for the Eagles and scored less than two minutes later (4:14) on a wrist shot that had eyes. He beat Gorillas’ goaltender Daniel Boisclair far corner, top shelf for his 22nd goal of the season. Brad Williamson and Aaron Grosul assisted on the play. The Gorillas cut the lead in half at the 10:47 mark of the period on a pretty one-timer. Scott Wray dug the puck out of the far corner and made a great pass to the tape of Derek Hahn who tipped the puck into the net. That would be the final goal of the first period, and the Eagles went into the intermission with a 2-1 lead. Colorado out shot Amarillo 15-12 in the period, and got just what they needed, an early lead with a short bench of only 13 skaters.

The Eagles again scored in the first three minutes of the period on another spectacular goal. Ryan Tobler shot the puck from the left circle, it bounced of Boisclair, Kevin Marsh picked up the rebound and flicked a backhand in an a very short angle. The 3-1 Eagles lead would stand for the rest of the second period.

The teams played hard in the third period, but at the 9:56 mark the Eagles lit the lamp for the insurance goal. Riley Nelson flicked a wrist shot on goal from just inside the blue, and the Eagles’ big man, Ryan Tobler tipped it underneath Boisclair’s pads for his 24th goal of the season. Tobler’s goal was the last to cross the goal line, although the Gorillas out shot the Eagles 9-7 in the final frame. Neither team was able to score on the power play, both teams going 0-4.

The whole team was recognized after the game and made a salutary round on the ice thanking the best fans in the CHL for their support. The Eagles have three more games at home, two this weekend against the New Mexico Scorpions, and one on Wednesday, March 16 versus the Lubbock Cotton Kings. The final two games of the regular season are on the road for Colorado, one in Lubbock on March 18, and the final game is in Fort Worth on the 19th.

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