Chaparral won its first three games but found only moral victories in its last two as the Wolverines tied an improving Cherry Creek team 4-4 in overtime and fell 1-0 to Regis Jesuit, the No. 1-ranked team in the CO Hockey Hub rankings, two weeks ago.
High confidence and two weeks off could be a caustic concoction powering about a Chaparral team ready climb back on the path to victory Friday against Crested Butte.
The Wolverines employ a feisty defense that has given up just nine goals and is lead by goalie Joseph Holguin, who is 2-1 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.96 goals-against average. Fellow goalie Ryan Burke has Chaparral's other victory, a 7-0 drubbing of Dakota Ridge on Dec. 7.
Whoever backstops the Wolverines on Friday will likely be bombarded by shots from a Crested Butte team touting a scoring machine.
Graham Barrett leads the state in points (17) and is tied for the lead in goals (11) thanks to scoring spree that has resulted in multiple goals in all but one game this season. His best performance was a hat trick in a 7-2 victory over Steamboat Springs on Dec. 7. Chaparral should be advised not to put the Titans on the power play, where Barrett has been especially effective with four goals and two assists.