Gold Kings Break Attendance Record
Colorado Springs, CO - The Colorado Gold Kings broke their single-season attendance record in the process of sweeping the Anchorage Aces over the weekend to close the regular season.
Colorado drew nearly 10,000 fans to its victories over Anchorage and welcomed a total of 136,345 customers through the turnstiles over the course of the 2001-02 campaign, an average of 3,787 per game. Friday, the Gold Kings rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four unanswered goals in the second period and held on for a 5-4 win behind two goals from Craig Lyons and a goal and two assists by R.J. Enga. Colorado broke open a 1-1 game Sunday with seven goals over the final 25 minutes and cruised to an 8-2 victory. Enga registered his first hat trick of the year to go along with an assist and Xavier Majic scored twice.
Enga and Zac Boyer, both second team all-WCHL selections, finished third and fourth, respectively in the league's scoring race. Enga's 95 points included 48 goals, second in the WCHL, while Boyer checked in with 91 points on 25 goals and 66 assists (also second in the league). Lyons placed sixth in overall scoring with 79 points but his total of 29 goals ended a string of six consecutive 30+-goal seasons. Colin Chaulk, a question mark for the playoffs because of a second call-up to Grand Rapids in the AHL, still managed a 14th-place showing in the scoring race with 65 points (19g-46a) in only 55 WCHL games. Goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck, also named second team all-WCHL, posted a record of 36-19-5 with a 2.78 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
The Gold Kings (39-26-7, second in the Northern Division) square off with the Tacoma Sabercats (30-36-6, third) in a rematch of last year's best-of-five first round series, eventually won by Colorado in the deciding fifth game. While the Gold Kings finished the season with four straight wins, the Sabercats lost four in a row but will get to open the series at home, unlike last year. Games One and Two of this year's best-of-five match-up will be played at the Tacoma Dome. Game One has been set for Friday night at 8:35 p.m. MST, with Game Two scheduled for a 8:05 p.m. MST start on Saturday evening. The Gold Kings return home for Game Three Monday, April 15th, at 7:05 p.m. at the Colorado Springs World Arena. Jack Michaels calls the play-by-play for Colorado's games, all of which are broadcast live on KKCS-AM Hot Talk 1460.
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