SANTA FE — The Los Alamos hockey team beat Taos 4-1 to claim the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure division's state championship on Saturday.
"It's an awesome way to finish," Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. "This is always a great rivalry. We play at a little disadvantage against the rest of the league since our players all come from one high school."
The game was a battle and only one goal separated the teams for most of the contest. With 2 minutes, 23 seconds left, however, Hudson Davenport got out of the penalty box, swooped in and got the puck, then skated as hard as he could to get behind Taos' defense and scored an insurance goal for Los Alamos.
One minute later Tristen Roach centered the puck in front of Taos' goal and Trevor Matuszak scored with a back hand.
Los Alamos also scored the first two goals of the game. Late in the first period Matuszak assisted Charlie Christensen. Then 1:07 into the second period Isaac Dunwoody and Davenhall led an odd-numbered rush. Dunwoody took the puck down the ice, then passed it to Davenhall who finished it.
The Ice Tigers then came alive, putting shot after shot on goal. Zealand Walterscheid, however, was nearly perfect in goal for Los Alamos.