LAHS hockey dominates final home games

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By Phil Scherer

With a four-game sweep last weekend, the Los Alamos High School hockey team took over first place in the Rio Grande Hockey League with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

The Hilltoppers hosted Telluride and Durango for two games apiece at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. They were the final home games of the season for LAHS, which will play its final four regular season games on the road.

Facing Telluride, which has also been near the top of the standing all season, the Hilltoppers looked like a poised and battle-tested team. After leading 5-2 after the first two periods, Telluride made a furious comeback, scoring three goals in a row to tie the score 5-5.

Though some teams would have allowed that to rattle them, the Hilltoppers did the opposite. Carson Schramm gave LAHS the lead right back a minute later, and the Hilltoppers held on for a 6-5 victory.

The second game against Telluride was far less dramatic, as LAHS jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two periods and cruised to a 5-1 victory.

The second two games of the weekend against Durango proved to be little challenge for the Hilltoppers. The team dominated Durango 8-2 in the first game, and cruised to a 4-0 win in the second game to earn the four-game home sweep.

This weekend, LAHS will take on Coronado in El Paso, Texas for two games. Coronado has struggled all season, and has a record of 2-12. Then, after a week off, the Hilltoppers will finish the regular season with a pair of games against Cibola in Albuquerque. Cibola has been one of the league’s other top teams this season, currently with a record of 11-4-1.

In the last meetings between the teams in Los Alamos, the Hilltoppers won the first game 10-2 and the teams tied 5-5 in the second game.