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Pointing to the playoffs

July 23, 2011 | 1:11 pm 1
By Shaun Schafer

The Real Colorado Foxes made their point and ensured a playoff spot Friday night in a game that featured six cautions and left the home team with 10 men.

Reflective of a late-season showdown between the top two teams in the Heartland Division of the Premier Development League’s Central Conference, the teams had far more bookings that goal scorers. Sergio Villalza put the Thunder Bay Chill up 1-0 in the 13th minute before Julian Donaldson equalized from the penalty spot in the 20th minute.

While the two teams traded fouls from that point, the scoring remained deadlocked. The final result ensured the Foxes (11-1-3, 36 points) of a spot in the PDL playoffs and preserved the team’s razor’s edge lead over the Chill (11-2-2, 35 points) for the divisional title.

The two teams meet tonight in Thunder Bay to determine the divisional crown. The Chill must win to claim the title while the Foxes need only a draw to earn a championship.

For the Foxes, ‘keeper Miguel Rosales finished the night with nine saves. His counterpart for the Chill, Steven Patterson, had five saves.

Flying Cards: The Chill went down a man in the 53rd minute when Anthony Putrus picked up his second yellow card of the night. He was not alone in bookings. Drew Beckie, Isaiah Schafer and Kyle Christensen each saw yellow for the Foxes in the first half. The Chill’s Wilson Neto also picked up a warning in the 53rd minute.

Foul Behavior: The two teams combined for 26 fouls on the night. The Chill committed 16 fouls to 10 for the Foxes.

Still Menacing: The Des Moines Menace, the third-place team with 30 points on the season, now need help to make the playoffs. Only the top two teams in the division play in post season. Des Moines must win tonight in Kansas City and Sunday in St. Louis, plus get some help.

The Menace needs a Colorado win in addition to the six points to make it to the playoffs. A Colorado-Thunder Bay tie or a Thunder Bay win would keep the Iowans on the sidelines.

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