Eagles close gap in Pacific Division

With four wins in as many games last week, the Colorado Eagles have moved to within three points of first place in the Pacific Division with a record of 22-13-0 for 44 points.


Colorado opened the week with a 4-2 win over Stockton on Tuesday. Darryl Bootland scored a pair of goals while Trent Daavettila picked up a goal and two assists to lead the Eagles’ offense. Doug Carr stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to pick up the win in goal.


The next night, Brock Nixon scored twice and Carr turned aside 23 shots to lead the Eagles to a 3-2 win victory against the Thunder.


Colorado then hit the road for a weekend set in Bakersfield, opening the series with a 5-3 win on Friday. Tate Maris made his professional debut in goal, and after allowing a pair of early goals found his groove, finishing with 14 saves to record the win. Taylor Vause (2g), Collin Bowman (1g-1a), Bootland (2a) and Daavettila (2a) all had two points to lead the way offensively for the Eagles, who went 2-for-6 on the power play in the victory.


The Eagles ended their busy week with a 4-1 victory against the Condors on Saturday. Bootland scored a pair of goals for his third two-point game of the week while Troy Redmann stopped 27 of 27 of 28 shots in his Colorado debut to earn the win in goal.


Nixon has enjoyed a breakout season for Colorado as he leads the team, and is tied for fourth in the league, with 19 goals, while his team-leading 34 points are 16th in the ECHL. Bowman, who will be starting defenseman in next week’s ECHL All-Star Classic, leads all league defensemen with nine goals and is second with 25 points.


The Eagles host Alaska in a three-game series on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.