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Monarch reigns supreme as CPHL Early Bird Tournament Tier 1 champion

By Trevor Squire, SportsEngine, 09/01/20, 2:15PM MDT


Hub exclusive: Goalie J.T. Harland posted a 19-save shutout to help the Coyotes clinch a 3-0 victory over Cherry Creek.

Monarch celebrates its Tier 1 championship at the CPHL Early Bird Tournament. The Coyotes defeated Creek Creek 3-0 in the title game Monday night at Sport Stable. Photo by Steven Robinson, SportsEngine

Monarch goalie J.T. Harland posted a 19-save shutout to help the Coyotes clinch a 3-0 victory over Cherry Creek in the Tier 1 championship at the fourth annual CPHL Early Bird Tournament on Monday night at Sport Stable in Superior.

Harland stopped eight shots in the first period and withstood a flurry in the final period as the Bruins fired another eight pucks at the goal trying to trim the deficit. 

It was Harland's second shutout of the tournament. He recorded seven saves in a 3-0 victory over Mountain Vista on Aug. 28 and finished the event with a 2-1 record.

While Harland was holding off Cherry Creek, Monarch's offense was steady and it showed in a balanced attack.

Nick Kreiter opened the scoring six minutes into the first period off a feed from Tanner Freed.

Drew Fehr swung the momentum in the Coyotes' favor, finding the net just 13 seconds into the second period.

Gabriel Harrison scored halfway through the final period to help the Coyotes take a victory lap after falling in the tournament’s title game a season ago. This lap was in front of an empty arena.

Bruins goalie Brent Altschuler stopped 23 of 26 shots following a marathon performance on Saturday. Altschuler backstopped Cherry Creek in a 3-0 victory over Mountain Vista and a 4-1 win against Ralston Valley, tallying 90 minutes in goal before Sunday's day off.

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Tier 2 Championship Slated For Tuesday

Cherry Creek will have a chance to avenge the Tier 1 team's loss as the Bruins face Regis Jesuit in the Tier 2 championship Tuesday night.

The Raiders are undefeated in the tournament and have outscored their opponents 13-3 in five games, including a 2-0 shutout of Cherry Creek on Saturday. The Bruins have been lethal offensively, scoring 21 goals despite the shutout on Saturday where they landed 27 shots on net. 

The title game rematch is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. at the Sport Stable's West Rink. 

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