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Hockey: LA wins league state championship

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By Dann Alison

The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team bounced back from an early round loss this weekend to capture the state pure team title Sunday.

Los Alamos toppled the Taos Tigers in the pure team tournament finale, the team that knocked it into the elimination bracket, by a final of 4-1.

Friday night, the Hilltoppers thumped the Eldorado Eagles, 5-1, outshooting them 33-5.  

Goals in that game were scored by Cameron Ranken, Neel Gupta, Chase Havemann, Graham Delano and Niko Menenakis. Gupta scored the game winner at 10:23 of the second period.

Gupta would also be involved in a game-turning play in Los Alamos’ next contest, that coming against Taos.

Taos advanced to the second round with a close victory over the La Cueva Bears, leading to Saturday morning’s match-up.

In Saturday morning’s contest, the Hilltoppers were in control of the action despite no scores being tallied in first period.

But early in the second period, a Tiger defenseman was injured by what appeared to be a routine check from Gupta in the corner. Paramedics were called and the game was delayed for nearly 45 minutes while he was examined and eventually taken to the hospital for further evaluation.


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