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The 2016 Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown

By Scott Cattelino, 11/07/16, 3:30PM MST


The Rams and Buffs headline a showdown between Colorado's Universities at the Pepsi Center

#3 Charlie Marchese rips one top shelf through traffic to give the Northern Colorado Bears DII a 2-1 lead over CU DII in the second game of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown at the Pepsi Center

Colorado State DIII vs. Metro State-Denver DII

     The Colorado State Ram's DIII and Metro State's DII hockey teams met in the first game of the Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown at the Pepsi Center on Friday night, and they got it started right.  The Rams struck first with goals from #15 Josh Malone and #20 Jacob Christofferson  to put them up 2-0 early.  The Roadrunners of Metro State would not go quietly, however, as #6 Bobby Valdez would score on the power play early in the third to close the gap to 2-1.  The late brilliance of Rams goaltender #35 Marcus Harbison and an empty net goal by #28 Dmitri Smith would prove to be the difference in the end, as the Rams would pull out the 3-1 victory. 

Colorado State's DIII goaltender #35 Marcus Harbinson make a sprawling game saving stop to keep CSU on top late in the game. They would add an empty netter to defeat Metro State 3-1 in game one of the Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown

Colorado DII vs. Northern Colorado DII

     The Colorado Buffs DII hockey team faced off with the Northern Colorado Bears DII in game two of the Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown at the Pepsi Center on Friday, and it was an ice-melter of a contest.  The Buffs struck first with a goal by #7 Greg Dyba, but the Bears answered back early and often with three straight goals by #23 Truman Gozales unassisted in the first, #3 Charlie Marchese in the second, and #15 Alex Cupples to start the third.  Just when it looked as though the Bears were about to pull away, the Buffs came stampeding back with two late goals by #19 Brad Kittrell and #33 Brandon Payzant to force overtime.   The extra session would take all of six seconds as the Bears #5 Brian Brink would gather the loose puck off the face off and saunter in for an unassisted game winner to give Northern Colorado a thrilling 4-3 overtime win.

#5 Brian Brink nets the overtime game winner with this snipe to give the Northern Colorado Bears the 4-3 victory of the CU Buffs at the Pepsi Center on Friday

Colorado State DI Women vs. Denver DI Women

     The Colorado State Rams Women's hockey team faced off with the Denver Pioneers Women's squad in round three of the Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown, and the ladies did not disappoint.  The Rams would get on the board first with a goal by #8 Ashley Chase just three minutes into the game to give CSU a 1-0 lead after the first period.  Denver came right back, getting a goal midway through the second period to tie it up and after a scoreless third, we would head to overtime tied at 1-1.  In the extra period, Ashley Chase would strike again, scoring her second goal of the game to lead the Rams to 2-1 overtime win.

#8 Ashley Chase scores the game winning goal in overtime to give her CSU Rams a 2-1 win over Denver

Colorado DI vs. Colorado State DI

     The main event of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown pitted rivals the Colorado Buffaloes DI against the Colorado State Rams DI for early in-state hockey bragging rights.  Those rights would belong solely to the Buffs of Colorado at the end of the night as they would go on to handle the Rams with a 10-2 drubbing.  #10 Trace Jablin (1G, 2A) lit the lamp first for the Buffs, giving them an early 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.  #3 William Neff (1G, 1A) would give the Rams hope with their first goal in the second to make it 4-1, but the Buffs would score three goals in a relentless third period barrage to win going away.  #68 Matthew Anders (1G, 2A), #71 Chris Burkemper (1G, 1A), #14 Luke Carter (1G, 1A), #53 Matthew Hefter (2G), and #26 Devon Pilkington (1G, 1A) all had multiple points with a goal to lead the Buffs to victory. 

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#10 Trace Jablin scores the games first goal shorthanded to give the Buffs an early 1-0 lead

#17 Pierce Maty scores through traffic with just over one minute left in the first period to make it 3-0 Colorado