With the North Star Tro­phy on the line, Ice Tigers go 1-1 against the Hill­top­pers

The Taos News - - SPORTS -

Fri­day

Even be­fore the face-off, there was en­ergy in the Taos Youth and Fam­ily Cen­ter Ice Rink Fri­day night (Dec. 21). The crowd en­cir­cled the rink and the play­ers warmed up to mu­sic.

The first pe­riod was well-skated on both sides and score­less. Ice Tiger goal­tender John “Jay” De­laney had eight saves in the first pe­riod alone and 18 for the night.

The Ice Tigers took nine shots in the first, but it wasn’t un­til early in the sec­ond that Ysidro Grav­elle opened things up, as­sisted by Le­an­dro Richert. The Ice Tigers had two more in the sec­ond: one for John Esquibel and a sec­ond for Grav­elle.

It was 3-0 to start the third. The Hill­top­pers got one in early, but were un­able to score again. A point by Richert late in the third gave the fi­nal score of 4-1 for the Tiger win.

Satur­day

Satur­day (Dec. 22) the teams went to home ice of the Hill­top­pers. Though it is al­ways a plea­sure to play on the out­door ice in Los Alamos, Tiger coach John Hen­der­son said, it is a big ad­van­tage to the home team.

On Satur­day, the Ice Tigers got be­hind 4-1. They stayed in it and con­tin­ued to fight hard. The fi­nal score was 8-5 in fa­vor of Los Alamos, who will now house the North Star Tro­phy un­til the next meet­ing between the two teams.

The 6-3-1 Ice Tigers skate again Fri­day (Jan. 11) against the 8-2-0 Ci­bola Cougars at the McDer­mott Ath­letic Cen­ter in Rio Ran­cho.

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Ice Tiger Le­an­dro Richert tries to sweep the puck around the goal dur­ing the first pe­riod of the 4-1 win against Los Alamos at home Fri­day (Dec. 21). Taos News

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Ice Tiger Le­an­dro Richert faces off against a Los Alamos Hill­top­per at the Taos Youth and Fam­ily Cen­ter Fri­day (Dec. 21). Taos won 4-1 but lost the re­match Satur­day at the Hill­top­pers home rink. Taos News

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