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Oct 172005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

The puck will drop Friday at 7:05 p.m. at the Budweiser Events Center as your Colorado Eagles take the ice for their regular season opener. Last year's Central Hockey League Champions display a great form of hockey, with plenty of action, fighting and goal scoring. Saturday night's preseason game included a combined total of nine goals and 98 penalty minutes. That's the type of hockey that draws big crowds. Of the 17 teams in the league, Colorado placed fourth in last year's overall attendance.

Obviously the Avalanche have more talent and a bigger more glamorous arena, but it can be argued that the Eagles play with just as much heart and intensity. Take a guy like right wing Greg Pankewicz, who scored 81 points in only 47 games last year. Flashy NHLer Jaromir Jagr had 74 points and played in 77 games.

Considering the quick drive to Loveland and the price of admission ($18), Eagles games are a great form of entertainment. Plus, there isn't a bad seat at the Events Center.

The Eagles will be looking to repeat their championship and have gotten a good start so far. They won both exhibition games outscoring their two opponents 11-5.

While the NHL decided to take the 2004 season off, the CHL was in full force. Remember who was there for the fans last season and repay them the favor this season by checking out a game.

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