Semifinal pairings for the state high school hockey tournament are set. Top-seeded Valor Christian (18-2-1) will face two-time defending state champion and fifth-seeded Regis Jesuit (13-6-2) in a …
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Semifinal pairings for the state high school hockey tournament are set.
Top-seeded Valor Christian (18-2-1) will face two-time defending state champion and fifth-seeded Regis Jesuit (13-6-2) in a March 5 semifinal game at 5 p.m., which will be held at the Pepsi Center. Valor went 1-0-1 against Regis during the regular season.
Second-seeded Chaparral (16-2-3) will face third-seeded Fort Collins (17-3-1) at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in the other semifinal game at the Pepsi Center. Chaparral downed the Lambkins, 3-2, in a regular-season contest.
In quarterfinal games held on Feb. 29, Valor outshot Pine Creek, 29-12, and got goals from Evan Pahos, Blake Rollison and Colton Carlson in a 3-0 victory. Goalie Trey Hirschfield got the shutout.
William Laws had two goals to lead Regis to a 4-2 quarterfinal win over Denver East. Ralston Valley held a 41-26 advantage in shots on goal over Chaparral but the Wolverines got goals from Noah Youkin, Jackson Mundell and Owen Hardy to post a 3-2 victory. It took two overtimes before Fort Collins collected a 2-1 win over Cherry Creek as Jason Campos got the game-winning tally in the second overtime.
Second round games were played Feb. 28.
Valor beat Kent Denver, 5-2, as Carlson scored twice and Mason Hoehn had a goal and three assists.
Regis beat Mountain Vista, 5-1, with Leighton Walsh getting two goals and an assist for the Raiders. Younkin had two goals plus an assist to help Chaparral turn back Glenwood Springs, 6-3.
Logan Douglass tallied the goal for Castle View in a 9-1 loss to Denver East, while Benjamin Powell got what proved to be the game-winning goal as Cherry Creek edged Heritage, 2-1, in a second-round encounter.
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