Last night in a hard fought battle the Colorado Eagles beat the defending Central Hockey League Champion's, Rapid City Rush in a hard fought battle 1-0 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The win advances the Eagles to the Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. The Eagles will skate with home ice advantage, with opening game at the Budwieser Events Center being held Friday. Tickets for the finals go on sale today at 10am here.

From the Loveland Reporter Herald:

Rapid City’s first sell-out crowd of the postseason saw an excellent showdown between the two Turner Conference arch-rivals, a tense struggle with the intensity of an overtime game right from the opening face-off.

The Rush were without defenseman Dave Grimson, out with a injured MCL, and veteran Brendon Hodge, unable to play because of lingering effects from a concussion. Yet they controlled the first period by outgunning the Eagles, 18-12, yet unable to capitalize on two power plays and a slew of chances in front of the Colorado net.

“As banged up as were out there, I thought we had the better scoring chances, we could have had two or three and changed the course of the game,” Rush head coach Joe Ferras said.

Colorado hit the ice with a frenzy, outshooting Rapid City, 12-5, in the second period.

“The first period was all theirs, the second period was all ours, the third period, you could have flipped a coin to see who was going to score,” Colorado head coach Chris Stewart said.

Jones had gloved Ryan Menei’s blast from between the circles with 2:44 left.  What Nelson called a lucky shot turned out to be the game-winner for him 57 seconds later.

“(Daymen) Rycroft had a pretty good opportunity in the slot and he missed the net. I was just coming to the front of the net,” Nelson said. “That’s how it usually is, a seven-game series and emotions going back and forth. We go up and they come back. Both goaltenders played unbelievable in this series. It’s ironic that it comes down to the last two minutes with a goal like that.”

Jones finished with 32 saves for his third win of the playoffs. Boron stopped 30 of 31 to finish a strong playoff run 6-4.

Eagles (#2 Seed) vs. Mudbugs (#2 Seed) Series Schedule
Game 1 - BOS @ COL; Friday, May 13 (7:05 MST)
Game 2 - BOS @ COL; Saturday, May 14 (7:05 MST)

Game 3 - COL @ BOS; Tuesday, May 17 (6:05 MST)
Game 4 - COL @ BOS; Thursday, May 19 (6:05 MST)
Game 5* - COL @ BOS; Friday, May 20 (6:05 MST)

Game 6* - BOS @ COL; Wednesday, May 25 (7:05 MST)
Game 7* - BOS @ COL; Friday, May 27 (7:05 MST)