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Toppers Hockey Prevails 7-4 Against Taos Ice Tigers

on December 6, 2017 - 9:32am

Goal tender Sam Fisher takes a few minuets before the game to collect his thoughts. Photo by John McHale/

Ben Rees puts the brakes on to take control of the puck in the first period. Photo by John McHale/


Saturday's hockey game in Los Alamos featured the Taos Ice Tigers and the Toppers. These two teams have been heated rivals as long as they have been playing each other and each game is very physical and exciting no matter the outcome.

Saturday's match was no exception. The Ice Tigers pretty much controlled the first period, scoring once and out shooting the Toppers 10-2. The second period saw a spark of life in the toppers as they evened the scoring at 3-3, but still only had 25 shots to Taos’s 11.

Hilltopper Jake Rutten completed a short handed goal in the 2:48 minute, Ray Guffee in the 13:42 minute and again in the 16:44 minute. As the third period started Jared Carnes scored in the 1:36 minute, which started a scoring streak. Rutten followed at the 7:48 minute, then Jacob Dunwoody in the 7:56 minute and John Charles in the 16:47 minute to bring the score to 7-3 Toppers. 

The Ice Tigers scored in the closing minutes of the contest to bring the final to 7-4 Los Alamos.

The Los Alamos High School varsity hockey team members are wearing a special jersey patch this season in memoriam of fallen teammate Trevor Matuszak who passed away July of 2017. Photo by John McHale/

Jared Carnes reaches for the puck ahead of the Ice Tiger defender. Photo by John McHale/

Goalie Sam Fisher makes another save in a game where he saved 36 shots allowing only 4 goals for the game. Photo by John McHale/

Jacob Dunwoody goes down fighting. Photo by John McHale/

Ben Rees and two Ice Tigers make a play for the puck. Photo by John McHale/

Jacob Dunwoody fires the puck past the goalie to score the 6th goal in period three. Photo by John McHale/

John Charles somehow manages to get the puck past all that to score. His goal was the 7th goal for the Toppers. Photo by John McHale/