Monarch aims for yet another upset when it hits the ice against No. 8-ranked Heritage on Saturday night.
In an up-and-down season, the Coyotes have caused trouble for some of CHSAA's top teams. They defeated No. 7 Regis Jesuit 3-1 on Jan. 17 and tied No. 3 Fort Collins 3-3 on Jan. 11; two impressive performances that should help make for a great game against the Eagles.
After dropping a season-high three straight games in late January, Monarch (9-5-1, 6-2-1) responded by opening February with victories over Ralston Valley (6-3) and Standley Lake (5-0), two teams vying for second place in the final Pinnacle Conference standings. The Coyotes overall have a balanced scoring attack, with three players tallying more than seven goals on the year, including Kevin Maisells. He's definitely a player to watch. The forward scored two goals in the win over Ralston Valley. Goalie Ethan Blackburn was also impressive in the win, making 39 saves.
Heritage (11-3-1, 7-1-1) is looking to keep things rolling in February after posting a 5-1-1 record in January. The Eagles have won two straight after a disappointing 5-0 loss to Highlands Conference foe and No. 5-ranked Denver East on Jan. 31. Forward Jakob Boos, who scored a pair of goals in each of his last two games while registering five total assists, might be the most important player on the ice for the Eagles, who are 7-0-1 when he finds the back of the net.