Mountain Ice and its high-powered offense is atop the Campbell South Division standings, but not by much. Mountain Ice (6-1-1) has racked up 13 points this season, but five other teams are within five points, and four of those five, including Cherokee Trail, have played fewer games.
But don’t sell Mountain Ice’s firepower short; the team has five skaters with double-digit points totals. Pierson Klem (14 points) and Holden Beckett (11 points) have nine goals each to lead Mountain Ice, while Lawrence Simons has a team-leading 15 points, punching in eight goals of his own.
But scoring might not come as easy against a Cherokee Trail team that will be looking to end a two-game skid.
Before a 10-2 loss to Cherry Creek on April 26 and a 5-2 defeat to Mountain Militia on Saturday, Cherokee Trail (4-2-0) had only allowed four goals total in four games and was undefeated in the early season.
Cherokee Trail will need goalie Zachary Janda to return to his early season form when his team takes on Mountain Ice on Friday. Janda holds a .889 save percentage on the season, highlighted by a 5-0 shutout of Parker Knights on April 23.