Hilltoppers upend Ice Tigers

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Hockey: LA claims this year’s North Star Trophy with 5-3 road victory at Taos

The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team reclaimed the North Star Trophy by upsetting the Taos Ice Tigers Saturday.
The Hilltoppers scored two unanswered goals in the third period to upend the Ice Tigers 5-3 at Taos. A pair of underclassmen, sophomore Tyler Thorn and freshman Hudson Davenhall tallied goals in the final period to lift the Hilltoppers to the win.
Los Alamos and Taos are longstanding rivals in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League and play one another each year for the North Star Trophy.
Davenhall, the leading scorer for the Hilltoppers this season, picked up his second hat trick of the year with his third-period goal, which came with just five seconds remaining in regulation. For the season, Davenhall has recorded 11 goals.
Los Alamos trailed 2-1 in the second period before Dennis Trujillo connected on a slap shot from the blue line that went through the 5-hole of Taos goaltender Valere Pezzella.
With the score tied at 3-3, Thorn scored what would be the game-winner midway through.
In goal, Bryce Templeton faced 32 shots in the first two periods, allowing just the three Taos goals. The defense shut out Taos in the third period.
Los Alamos had a busy weekend with three games, going 1-2. It will have four more games this weekend, including its next-to-last home game of the season against La Cueva (9-9-0) Friday night.
At home Friday, Los Alamos fell to Rio Rancho 3-2, then fell to Cleveland Sunday 5-4 in Rio Rancho.
The win against Taos was one of the bright spots of the regular season for the Hilltoppers, who have gone just 4-11-1 in 16 contests. The Hilltoppers are ahead of just one team, Santa Fe, in the NMIIHL standings.
Cibola is still a perfect 19-0-0 on the season and sits 12 points ahead of El Paso Coronado, its nearest competitor.
Also this weekend for Los Alamos, it will travel to St. Pius X (12-7-0) for a Saturday morning contest and Rio Rancho (6-13-1) Saturday afternoon. Los Alamos will take on St. Pius again Sunday morning for a make-up contest.