It was a good night on the ice for the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team as it opened its home schedule with a victory.
Los Alamos, which plays in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, a high-school level league, had its season opener Friday night when it faced off against the Santa Fe Blue Jackets.
Because the Hilltoppers play on an outdoor rink, as opposed to the rest of the league’s teams, which have indoor ice, they are the last team to get a home game.
But the Hilltoppers made the most of it Friday.
Los Alamos, which had won five consecutive games to start the season before a loss last Saturday to Cibola, grabbed a solid 6-4 victory over the Blue Jackets (3-9).
The Hilltoppers controlled the contest early, going up 3-0 and holding that advantage through a period and a half, but the Blue Jackets scored at about the halfway point of the second period to tighten up the game.
But Los Alamos responded in a big way, scoring two goals in quick succession just minutes after the Santa Fe goal to blow the game open.
Today, Los Alamos will host its archrival, Taos, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Game time is set for 11 a.m.
The Hilltoppers defeated Taos’ Ice Tigers 2-1 in the first game of the season Nov. 8. That game was played in Taos.