Hockey: LA ties with Santa Fe in first road game Sunday

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By The Staff

Los Alamos goaltender Dylan Stupka survived a barrage of shots Sunday to preserve a tie against the Santa Fe Blue Jackets Sunday.

Santa Fe outshot the Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team Sunday afternoon at Genoveva Chavez Community Center by a 2-1 margin, but thanks to 31 saves from Stupka, the Hilltoppers held on for a 3-3 tie to remain undefeated in New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League play.

Santa Fe, led by its star, Peter Bessone, scored a pair of goals with just over three minutes remaining in regulation after dominating the final period.

The Hilltoppers (2-0-1) fell behind early in the contest, with Dustin Rael tallying just 45 seconds in. With just 2:31 remaining in the opening period, however, Tony Crandall knotted the score at 1-1, with assist credit going to Oliver Funsten and Cameron Rankin.

The second period was all Los Alamos, which picked up a pair of goals to take a 3-1 edge. Brad Picard scored at the 9:59 mark off an assist from Neel Gupta and Gupta would score with under 20 seconds remaining in the period off a Santa Fe turnover.

Bessone would score to cut the Hilltopper edge to one before Rael picked up his second goal of the game late to force the tie.

Los Alamos, which took a lopsided 10-2 home victory just two days earlier against La Cueva, will be off until Dec. 5 when it hosts Eldorado at the county’s ice rink.