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Jade Costello is quickly getting a reputation as the go-to closer of the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team.
Los Alamos took on the Santa Fe Blue Jackets Friday night at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. In that contest, won 5-1 by Los Alamos, the Hilltoppers found lots of scoring opportunities and Costello, a newcomer, finished them off.
Costello posted his second 5-goal performance of the season Friday, coming in back-to-back contests. Costello posted five goals the previous weekend against previously unbeaten Taos.
Los Alamos (5-1) found itself down early in the first period on a goal by Santa Fe’s Christian Vigil, a 1-0 lead that would hold up until midway through the second period when Costello started getting hot.
Costello tied the score off an assist by Graham Delano, the would come back just three minutes later to pick up an unassisted goal which would ultimately prove to be the game-winner.
In the third period, Costello picked up the hat trick with his goal at the 8:15 mark, his fourth of the season, then tally twice more late in the contest.
Despite the lack of offensive diversity, it was a solid team win for the Hilltoppers, who had won five straight heading into Saturday’s road doubleheader against St. Pius X and Cibola. Goaltender Devin Grider and the Hilltopper defense limited the Blue Jackets’ offensive chances, with the Blue Jackets able to muster only 18 shots and just four in the first period.
Los Alamos’ effort was also bolstered by solid passing and good movement in the offensive zone.
Results from Saturday’s games were unavailable as of press time.