Jayson Megna scored twice in the first period and Colorado withstood a Henderson push in the final frame to claim a 5-2 victory in Game 1 of their Pacific Division first round series on Wednesday night.
Game 2 is set for Friday in Loveland with the host Eagles looking to close out the best-of-three series.
Megna, the Colorado captain, opened the scoring just 31 seconds into the game and tacked on a shorthanded marker at 16:55, the ninth and 10th goals of his Calder Cup Playoff career.
That 2-0 lead held up until the Silver Knights began mounting a comeback in the third period, starting with Paul Cotter’s goal at the 3:02 mark.
Jiri Patera finished with 32 saves for Henderson, including stopping all 18 shots he faced in the second period.
Pacific Division First Round – Series “F” (best-of-3)
P3-Colorado Eagles vs. P6-Henderson Silver Knights
Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – COLORADO 5, Henderson 2
Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – Henderson at Colorado, 9:05
*Game 3 – Sat., May 7 – Henderson at Colorado, 9:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern