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LA hockey stumbles at La Cueva

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By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos hockey team struggled without Ben Rees and Jake Dunwoody.
The Hilltoppers dropped a road game to La Cueva 5-1 on Saturday in Albuquerque and fell to 10-5 overall. The loss also put Los Alamos one game and a half behind first place Durango and Cibola.  
Rees and Dunwoody’s absence played a big part in the Bears (4-6-2) being able to stifle a Los Alamos offense that scored 68 goals going into Saturday’s game.
La Cueva was able to capitalize in its attack third and pile the pressure early on the Hilltoppers backline. Despite that early pressure, it was Los Alamos that got on the board first after Rico Zerr’s first period goal.
After La Cueva tied it 1-1 early in the second period, the Bears continued to execute in the Los Alamos zone and scored two more goals in the frame. Jake Rutten appeared to have tied it for Los Alamos midway through the second period but his goal was waved off and the Hilltoppers weren’t able to recover.
The Bears sealed their fourth win of the season by capitalizing against an attack-heavy Los Alamos team and scoring two more goals in the final period.
Los Alamos will travel to face rival Taos at 5:15 p.m. Friday.