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Wranglers head to Aspen for playoff series

Steamboat Wranglers

— After playing to a nearly complete tie during the season, the Steamboat Wranglers and the Aspen Leafs will launch into a post-season playoff matchup Friday to determine which of the two teams will move on.

The teams, which tied for second in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, will begin play in a three-game playoff series Friday in Aspen.

Since the Leads edged Steamboat out in the tiebreaker, they’ll play host for the games, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Both teams finished the regular season with identical records: 26 wins, 10 regulation losses and four overtime losses. They then, of course, both had the same number of points, 56.

In head-to-head action, the teams split their season series 5-5, Steamboat winning three of the last four to tie things up after Aspen got off to a strong 3-1 start in the series.

Even crazier: The teams each scored exactly 35 goals in their head-to-head games this season.

Pikes Peak slumped late in the season but still emerged as the league champs, with 64 points and a 32-8 record. The Miners will play host to the Colorado Rampage, which secured a playoff spot by beating the Colorado Thunderbirds in the final game of the season to break a tie between those two teams.

Steamboat was led this season in the stat book by Kameron Fink, who racked up 49 points, scoring a team-high 31 goals and getting 18 assists. Steamboat Springs’ Jack McNamara was second with 47 points coming from 19 goals and 28 assists.

Donny Norstrom was third with 16 goals and 18 assists.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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