Five teams enter the weekend separated by just two points in the Tier 2 Campbell Conference standings. West Elk and Cheyenne Mountain, each one point behind Mullen and tied for second place, meet in a Saturday showdown that could have an impact on the conference race.
West Elk (6-2-0, 6-1-0) has a bit more at stake. The Wolverines' one conference loss to date is to Mullen while Cheyenne Mountain (9-0-0, 6-0-0) has already beaten Mullen and has one game remaining after Saturday — the same number as West Elk.
Perhaps the most interesting game within a game will be how Rowan Piccaro fares against a stiff Indians' defense. Piccaro is among the CPHL's leading scorers with 17 goals, five assists and 22 points. Add in his nine tournament games to kick off the season, and Piccaro has 26 goals and 11 assists.
With Piccaro and Jack Lambert (6 goals, 5 assists), the Wolverines go as their offense goes. Jack Perkins (3-1, 3.75 GAA) and Orion White (3-1, 4.25 GAA) split time in goal, backstopping a West Elk defense which gives up an average of four goals a game.
Cheyenne Mountain on the other hand, has surrendered just 15 goals in nine games. Three goaltenders have 3-0 records: Lane Seabolt (.800 save percentage, 2.72 GAA), Jeremy Renholm (.971 save percentage, 0.40 GAA), and Ashton Goble (.906 save percentage, 1.21 GAA).
The Indians boast a balanced scoring attack, led by William Wuestneck (7 goals, 8 assists), Wyatt Furda (9 goals, 4 assists), Chase Chapman (8 goals, 5 assists) and Nicholas Hallee (2 goals, 11 assists).