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Tailing the Komets

Colorado wins

The Colorado Eagles have won the Turner Trophy as the Central Hockey League's Turner Conference champions for 2010-11, claiming the title with a thrilling 1-0 victory over the 2010 CHL Champion Rapid City Rush in Game 7 of their best-of-7 series at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena on Wedmesday night.

The Eagles will play in the CHL Finals for the fifth time in their eight year franchise history looking to win their third CHL Championship.  Colorado won the Ray Miron Presidents' Cup in 2005 and 2007 beating the Laredo Bucks both seasons and were runners-up in 2008 (Arizona) and 2009 (Texas). 

The path for the Eagles to the CHL Finals went through the Rapid City Rush, Missouri Mavericks and Quad City Mallards.  In the Opening Round, the Eagles defeated the Flock 3-1 in their best-of-5 series and then in the Turner Conference Semi Finals defeated the Mavs 3-1 in their best-of-5 series.  In the conference finals, the Eagles moved past the Rush with a 4-3 series win.

In his sixth season as Eagles head coach, Chris Stewart will coach the team in his fourth Finals with Colorado and fifth overall (Huntsville, 1999 CHL Champions).  Stewart coached the Eagles in their first five seasons as a franchise, winning the Cup in 2005 and 2007 before stepping away from behind the bench for two seasons.  Currently third on the CHL's all-time wins list with 415 regular season victories, Stewart returned to the coaching ranks prior to the 2010-11 season.

During the 2010-11 regular season, the Eagles finished tied for first in the Turner Conference with the Rapid City Rush posting a 40-22-4 record (84 points) but lost the tiebreaker to the Rush who were the top seed in the Turner Conference playoffs despite having the same record as the Eagles.

Posted in: Komets


Mr. Snufflupugus
Wed, 05/11/2011 - 11:09pm

5 times in 8 years? Wow I wonder if their fans are complaining how their owners must have bought and paid for the league since they obviously don't have much competition.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 6:09am

Oh Frodog?..... Here boy!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 6:31am

I am thrilled the Olympic Diving Team lost. Made my day.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 7:10am

JungleMonkey I'm still here awaiting your next move .

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 9:07am

Frodawg, you keep on posting. You should be proud of the Rush as they were the defending champs, came back from a 3-1 deficit to force a game seven, and had a very successful season.

Don't get me wrong, though. I am a Komet fan through and through. There were lots of antics by the Rush that I didn't care for and a few players who previously had a "history" as they had been competitors of the Komets with other teams in other leagues.

I would be interested in what the Rapid City journalists are finding out about the future of the Rush and the CHL.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 9:21am

The Rush are a bunch of thugs and bullies I'm glad they lost.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 9:40am

I'm curious also on the future with the CHL. We sit on a island out here and travel could be very brutal next year if there is changes. As for the season it has been the most exciting season so far for the young franchise and I am looking forward to next year already. I sure hope things hang together for the CHL as the fans really seen some great hockey this year.