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LAHS hockey impresses at home against Cibola

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By Phil Scherer

 Facing one of the top teams in the Rio Grande Hockey League, the Los Alamos High School hockey team went 1-0-1, strengthening its position in the standings as the season inches toward its conclusion. 

The Hilltoppers faced off against the Cibola Cougars at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, winning in convincing fashion Friday night 10-2 and earning a hard-fought 5-5 tie Saturday morning. 

LAHS took control of Friday’s contest early and never let go. The Hilltoppers went up 3-0 in a hurry on goals by Jacob Dunwoody, Connor Cook and Tyler Weiss. After Cibola scored a goal late in the period, LAHS’ John Charles answered back with his second goal of the season as LAHS entered the first intermission up 4-1. 

The Hilltoppers extended the lead to 7-2 in the second period with a pair of goals by Carson Schramm and a goal by Sean Mitchell. 

In the final period, LAHS continued to add on, winning 10-2. Third period goals came from Dunwoody, who collected his second, Ray Guffee and Schramm, who finished with a hat trick. 

Saturday’s game was an entirely different story, as Cibola went up 4-0 in the blink of an eye and appeared to be rolling. 

But near the end of the first period, Jared Carnes got the Hilltoppers on the board and the comeback was on. 

Schramm scored the only goal of the second period, continuing his outstanding weekend as LAHS entered the final period trailing 4-2. 

The Hilltoppers scored two goals in the first five minutes of the third period from Mitchell and Carnes to even the score at 4-4. 

But Cibola refused to give up, taking back the lead 5-4 three minutes later. 

The Hilltoppers proved to be even more resilient, though, scoring just 90 seconds later on a goal by Andrew Jeffery to even the score 5-5, which was the final score. 

LAHS improves to 8-2-2 this season, and sits just one point behind Cibola for the top spot in the Rio Grande Hockey League’s New Mexico Division.