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Hockey splits first home series with Amarillo

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By Phil Scherer

 In the first home series of the year, the Los Alamos High School hockey team earned a split against the Amarillo Big Texans, including an impressive 5-0 win Saturday morning.

Though hockey season officially began earlier this month, this was the first set of games featuring the full Hilltopper lineup. Many of the team’s top players were missing during the beginning of the season due to commitments to other sports. 

For example, Jared Carnes was still playing for the Hilltopper soccer team and Jacob Dunwoody was still paying for the LAHS football team. 

In their first weekend in the lineup, though, both of them made their presence known. Dunwoody has proven to be one of the team’s best puck handlers and goal scorers, while Carnes is an effective physical forward, who also has the ability to score. 

Even with them in the lineup, though, it was freshman Conner Cook, in his first year on the team that really stole the show. Friday night, in a 2-1 loss, Cook scored the only Hilltopper goal in the second period that temporarily put his team on top 1-0. 

LAHS lost the game in the third period, as Amarillo tied the game, and then went ahead thanks in part to a questionable tripping call that gave Amarillo a late power play. 

Saturday morning, Cook got the action started early for the Hilltoppers, as he scored a power play goal just five minutes into the game on a shot that snuck right past the goalie into the back of the net. The goal put LAHS on top 1-0. 

Three minutes later, the Hilltoppers struck for another goal, this time from Dunwoody off an assist from Ray Guffee, who also played for the Hilltopper football team. 

Guffee found Dunwoody skating toward the goal and gave him a perfect pass. 

Dunwoody took a backhand shot right over the shoulder of the goalie to put LAHS on top 2-0, which was the score after the first period. 

Carnes added a goal seven minutes into the second period to put LAHS on top 3-0, and Cook followed with his second goal of the game later in the period, once again on the power play. His goal allowed the Hilltoppers to take a 4-0 lead into the final period. 

With the game well under control, Dunwoody added his second goal of the game in the third period off an assist from Tyler Weiss. It put the Hilltoppers on top 5-0 as the team cruised to victory. 

The Hilltoppers will have this weekend off before getting back to action Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at home with games against La Cueva. Friday’s game will be at 6:30 p.m, Saturday will be at 9 a.m. and Sunday will be at 9:45 a.m.