The Colorado Avalanche’s amateur hockey development department announced that all of Tuesday’s scheduled events at Falcon Stadium, including the outdoor game between Pine Creek and Lewis-Palmer, were canceled due to poor weather and road conditions with “no options to reschedule” at that site.
Lewis-Palmer was set to host Pine Creek at 8 p.m. The matchup will still take place at Air Force, but indoors. It was rescheduled for 9 p.m. Wednesday at Cadet Ice Arena.
“I feel bad for the kids,” Pine Creek coach Ed Saxer said Tuesday night via text, calling the outdoor game a once-in-a-lifetime event.
District 20, which includes Pine Creek, and District 38, which includes Lewis-Palmer, were closed Tuesday. The Air Force Academy announced it was closed to nonessential personnel and visitors at 7 a.m.
The NHL is scheduled to take down the outdoor rink, set up for Saturday’s Stadium Series game between the Avalanche and L.A. Kings, on Wednesday.
The coaches scrambled to reschedule the game elsewhere with limited available dates. The regular season ends Saturday and first-round playoff games begin Tuesday.
The Eagles already had games Friday and Saturday.
Pine Creek is undefeated (14-0-2, 8-0 Summit) and the highest-scoring team in the state, averaging seven goals per game. Lewis-Palmer (10-6-1, 6-2-1 Summit) has won three straight.