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