Three weeks ago, Monarch beat Denver East at its own game in a high-scoring 7-6 overtime thriller. It feels likely that the Coyotes will have to repeat the same improbable feat on Friday for a second victory over the Pacific Conference standings co-leaders.
Denver East is unbeaten in nine other games (a mixed schedule with games against one Tier 2 team and one tournament team) this season and is scoring seemingly at will. The Angels have five players among the CPHL's top 10 scorers (Tier 1 and Tier 2) and have outscored opponents – including Tier 1 league powers Vail and Regis Jesuit – 32-8 in winning four games since their loss to Monarch.
Connor Hasse (10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points) is second among league scorers. Benjamin Kluza (15 goals, 5 assists, 20 points) is tied for third, Calvin Polon (6 goals, 13 assists, 19 points) is fifth, and Joseph Capra (5 goals, 9 assists, 14 points) and Tim Costache (6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points) are in a three-way tie for 10th. Kaden Dunham has six goals and four assists for the Angels (9-0-0-1, 1-0-0-1).
Sam Zis, Monarch's top scorer, has three goals and four assists. Drew Fehr has two goals and four assists. Zis had two goals (including the game-winner) and two assists and Fehr had both of his goals in the victory over Denver East.
Monarch is a defensive-minded team with strong goaltending. Nicholas Chan, despite surrendering six goals to Denver East, still has a 2.25 goals-against average with a 3-0-0 record. JT Harland is 1-2-0 with a 3.97 GAA. The Coyotes (4-2-0-0, 2-2-0-0) have won four of six games while outscoring opponents by a slim 22-18 margin.