Beyond The Benches

Barrage Of Goals Launches Eagles Up Standings

The fan base for the Colorado Eagles is arguably one of the best in the league. They constantly sellout home games and have been through everything including the teams move to the ECHL in 2011. And the fans have had a lot to cheer about lately. The Eagles since the new year are 13-3-0-2 and have launched up the standings. In fact, the Eagles were shutout the first two games of the new year, it was the first time in franchise history they have been shut out in back to back games.

After that, the team ran off a 10 game winning streak thanks to a barrage of goals. Since the new year, in their 13 wins they have scored four or more goals in 11 of them. It is obviously not the only reason they have succeeded but the balanced scoring has been huge for them. They have gotten strong outputs from Trent Daavettila (38 A, 49 Pts), Brock Nixon (22 G, 43 Pts) and Colin Bowman (22 A, 36 Pts).

The team has also gotten more production from the depth on its roster. The team has 11 players who have scored eight goals or more. That’s very important to get production from every player because it makes your team hard to beat and forces your opponents to worry about everyone.

Colorado is not thinking of the past but taking each game one at a time because they know how important it is to get a high seed and play in front of their raucous crowd.

“The higher seed you are, the better off you’ll be. Having home ice in Colorado is a really big deal, and just for players knowing ‘hey, we went on this 10-game winning streak, we can do this,'” Daavettila said to the Reporter Herald. “But there’s a lot of season to be played. We have to get consistent wins against those upper-tier teams with Idaho and Ontario out there still.”

And that is something the team has done since the start of the new year. They are currently in second place behind the crazy good Allen Americans and they have the right mindset in approaching one game at a time and not looking at past success but worrying about the task at hand. It is something the fans of Colorado are sure to be happy about. One thing is for sure, Not many teams will want to have to play in Colorado come playoff time.


Writer: Sean Cahill is an Assignment Editor at ABC 6 In Providence, RI. A New England native, Sean is a huge fan of everything hockey, especially the Boston Bruins. He is also part of a radio show, The Sports Exchange, on Sunday nights. He can be reached on Twitter @CahillSean33.