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Hilltopper hockey prepares for first home game of season

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By Phil Scherer

After playing its first two games of the season on the road, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers ice hockey team will make its home debut Friday night at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

Los Alamos will take on Taos at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

The Hilltoppers return home full of confidence, after completing a sweep over Coronado in the first series of the season.

In those two games, Los Alamos won 7-3 and 11-0, giving the team an ideal start to the new campaign.

In the first game, the offense of Los Alamos was dialed in from the opening faceoff, firing 86 shots on goal against Coronado, and connecting for seven goals.

Sean Mitchell scored the first goal of the season for the Hilltoppers, off of an assist from Jared Carnes, Mitchell added two more goals in the game for a hat trick.

Ben Rees and Ray Guffee scored two goals apiece in the game, and Guffee added an assist. Also adding assists were John Charles, Carson Schramm and Jacob Dunwoody.

The Hilltoppers went 2-3 on the power play, and goalie Zachery Brown made 16 saves on 19 shots as the defense played well and prevented many quality scoring opportunities.

In the second game of the season, it was complete domination by the Hilltoppers from the very beginning.

Charles got the scoring going early, and quickly added a second goal to give Los Alamos a 2-0 lead. He would add another goal later in the contest, giving the team its second hat trick in as many days.

Schramm and Rees each tallied two goals, while Mitchell, Anders Clasen, Carnes and Everett Lash all scored one goal.

In the game, the Hilltoppers tallied 46 shots on goal, and went 1-3 on the power play.

Sam Fisher started in goal, and stopped all 31 shots he faced.

The team is looking to build another strong season, and once again make some noise in the postseason. The Hilltoppers finished 11-5 last season, and advanced to the Pure Division championship game, which the team lost to Taos 4-3.