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Odessa blanks 'Toppers at Taos tourney

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It was a rough start to a big mid-year tournament for the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team Friday night.
The Hilltoppers fell victim to a pair of quick scoring strikes by the Odessa, Texas, Jackalopes in their first game of the Taos Showcase Tournament.
Odessa, a traveling midget-level squad — not a high school-level squad like those who play in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League — scored two goals in quick succession in the first period and did so again in the second period to turn the game into a rout.
Odessa prevailed Friday night 6-0 over Los Alamos. Los Alamos trailed 3-0 after the first period, but played even with the Jackalopes throughout most of the second period until time was winding down.
Then, with under four minutes remaining, the Jackalopes scored two goals less than a minute apart, one of them by Jason Moore, who had two goals on the game for Odessa.
The Hilltoppers couldn’t get much going in the third period to try to get back into the contest. They were hampered by lack of an effective power play offense, as they had several power-play chances throughout the game.
For the season, Los Alamos has scored just twice in 31 power play attempts.


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