10 Shot – HS Hockey – #2 Monarch at #1 RV

HS Hockey – Another #2 tries to knock off #1

After #1 Ralston Valley knocked off #2 Mountain Vista last week, a new #2 team was named, the undefeated Monarch Coyotes, who Ralston Valley defeated in the final of the State Championship Tournament last season.  This looked like it was going to be a tough game for the Mustangs.  Monarch started the game playing tough and attacking RV hard.  But they were only able to get a couple shots off to RV’s 11 shots in the first period.  Mustangs scored the first goal off of one of theses 11 shots.  Soon after that score, it appeared that Monarch tied the game up on a long shot through traffic.  RV goalie Zach LaRocque was trying to get his eyes on the puck when a Monarch player rocketed a shot that flew past LaRocque into the back of the net.  One of the officials called it a goal, but lucky for LaRocque and the Mustangs, another referee waved off the goal due to a Coyote high stick.

It only got better for the Mustangs after that.  In the second period Ralston Valley netted two more goals and held the Coyotes scoreless to take a 3-0 lead into the final period.  RV netted their 4th goal in the 3rd period, but gave up the shutout in the final period as Monarch was finally able to score, but it was too little too late.

This was a rough game.  A lot of penalties, but even while Ralston Valley found themselves down 3 men to 5 twice, they were able to hold off the Coyotes.

Here is my 10 Shot from the game.

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: “Dom” of the Arvada Hockey Association stands on the blue line after being announced as the honorary Mustang during player introductions prior to the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

This next photo did not go to MaxPreps, but I just loved the photo with all the Big Guys standing with the Honorary Mustang.

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Honorary Mustang “Dom” of the Arvada Hockey Association stands with the Ralston Valley Mustangs during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Ralston Valley Mustangs forward Austin Resseguie (11)controls the puck in the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Monarch Coyotes goalie Bailey Aust (31) tries to keep his eyes on the puck in the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Monarch Coyotes goalie Bailey Aust (31) reacts to a Ralston Valley goal in the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Monarch Coyotes goalie Bailey Aust (31) makes a stick save in the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Monarch Coyotes Walker Harris (9) looks for a shot attempt in the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Ralston Valley Mustangs goalie Zack LaRocque (31) stops a shot by Monarch Coyotes Cameron Gardner (23) in the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Ralston Valley Mustangs defenseman Nick Wiemelt (25) quickly comes out from behind the net with the puck in the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Monarch at RV

January 14, 2014: Ralston Valley Mustangs goalie Zack LaRocque (31) stops the puck in the game between the Monarch Coyotes and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

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