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Despite limited ice time and a new-look roster, the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will need to be ready for Saturday’s season opener.
The Hilltoppers were scheduled to open their season at home Friday, but the Los Alamos County Ice Rink is still in a state of major disrepair. Instead of hosting their home opener — that and all subsequent games until the rink is ready to go will be pushed back — they will travel for a doubleheader Saturday in the Albuquerque area.
Los Alamos will take on the Eldorado Eagles at 10 a.m. at Outpost Ice Arena, then meet the Cibola Cougars at Blades Ice Arena at 4:30 p.m.
Los Alamos has a pair of different goaltenders this year and both will split time in the season openers. Nolan Bell, a junior, will get the starting nod against Eldorado, while Bryce Templeton, a senior, will be between the posts against Cibola.
By taking on Eldorado and Cibola, the Hilltoppers aren’t exactly easing into the season.
While Eldorado’s Eagles are just 4-5 right now, Cibola’s Cougars are unbeaten and untied through eight contests. The Cougars have scored 21 more goals than Cleveland and La Cueva, the next-highest goal scoring squads, and have given up just 13 goals, better than any of the league’s 12 teams except Taos, which has only played three times heading into this week.
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