Our other top games were just appetizers whetting the whistle for the week's main entree: Tuesday's tilt between Heritage and Columbine.
The past two weeks have been up and down for Heritage. After a 2-0 start, the No. 7 Eagles lost to No. 1 Regis Jesuit 2-1 on Dec. 14 and then recorded a 3-1 victory over No. 6 Denver East — one of two wins during a three game stretch Dec. 19-21.
Jakob Boos has been Heritage's offensive expeditor, dishing out nine assists in six games and helping satiate goal-hungry teammates such as Ty Doan (five) and Joe Carpinello (four).
Columbine is looking to taste victory again after ending a back-to-back series against No. 6 Denver East with a 6-2 loss on Dec. 21. The No. 5 Rebels won the first game 6-4, proof that they can sit at the table with the state's top teams. And victory over Heritage may keep them there.
Columbine's roster has passed around scoring chances like sides at Thanksgiving. Twelve players have at least one assist, which has spread out the scoring and aided in the Rebels getting at least one goal from 12 players. JJ McKinnon leads the team in both categories (six assists, four goals) and there's little doubt he is the key ingredient that will soon have Columbine's roster enjoying a baker's dozen in one or both offensive categories.