Fort Collins and Regis Jesuit both face a situation neither team has been in all season, with them each losing two of their last three games. A victory for either team Friday could go a long way in rejuvenating the winning squad's morale and belief in being able to compete against top-tier programs.
No. 6 Fort Collins (14-2-1, 8-0-1) has stumbled down the rankings, while No. 8 Regis Jesuit (10-5-2, 5-3-2) has fallen from the top spot in the Foothills Conference standings.
Fort Collins is lucky it hasn't lost three straight. Trailing Ralston Valley 3-0 after two periods of play on Feb. 15, the Lambkins rallied behind Nolan Williamson, who scored two power-play goals, including the game winner in overtime. Williamson is the team's No. 2 scorer with 17 goals this season. Tanner Marsh has a team-leading 18 tallies.
Lambkins goalie Sam Simon will look to clean up his game against Regis Jesuit. Simon hasn’t allowed fewer than two goals since Jan. 14. If Fort Collins is to have a shot at winning, Simon will need a big game. Despite his recent struggles, he has a .947 save % on the season.
Regis Jesuit, meanwhile, hit the pause button on its struggles, as it breezed past Standley Lake 6-1 on Feb. 14, courtesy of Andrew Gleason’s two goals. The Raiders' Leighton Walsh, the team's scoring leader, will look to make an impact against Fort Collins. He has 11 goals this season.