Monarch 6, Air Academy 2
At Boulder Valley Rink: Monarch (18-1-2) dominated early thanks to a trio of power-play goals to take a 5-0 lead and advance to the semifinals of the state playoffs.
Travis Work’s power-play goal at the 2:41 mark of the third period put Air Academy (15-5-1) on the scoreboard, and Jonathan Valtin’s power-play strike 10:28 into the final period cut the Coyotes’ lead to three. Valtin assisted on Work’s goal, and Work returned the favor on Valtin’s lamp-lighter off a pass from Connor Nash.
“The days of public school teams and one-school teams are going by the wayside, so us getting this far says a lot,” Air Academy coach Dave Meisinger said. “It was a tough first period, and we were jittery and nervous. We didn’t handle the pressure very well early, and from then on it was uphill and they’re such a darn good team.”
Meisinger has high hopes for his young next season.
“We’re losing a couple of impact seniors, but we are a pretty young team,” he said. “I think we’ll have a good team next year.”
Six of the game’s eight goals were scored on the power play, and Monarch outshot the Kadets 64-21.
Coronado 48, Woodland Park 41
At Woodland Park: Coronado (12-11, 8-6 4A Metro) used a 19-7 third quarter to overcome a 22-13 halftime deficit and win its third straight.
“I’m pretty happy that we’ve won three in a row going into the playoffs, and hopefully that momentum will carry over,” said first-year Coronado coach Myles Johnson. “Ty Rice, our leading scorer, was sick and didn’t get to play tonight, and we started slow. I wasn’t happy with the first half, but thankfully we turned it on in the second half and got the ‘W.’”
Antwan Outlaw and Dante Fewell led the way for the Cougars with nine points apiece, with Chandler Robinson and Tre Vaughn each pulling down eight rebounds.
Slow starts, Johnson said, have been an Achilles' heel for his team this season.
“We’ve started slow all year, and that’s something we’re trying to fix,” he said. “It seems like we have to be down 10 to start playing hard. If we decide to take the first quarter off (in the playoffs), our season’s going to be over, and I hope they realize that.”
Woodland Park (6-17, 2-12) finished the season with eight consecutive losses.
Buena Vista 59, St. Mary’s 54 (OT)
At St. Mary’s: Buena Vista (7-13, 5-7 3A Tri-Peaks) overcame a 23-7 halftime deficit thanks to a 24-11 fourth quarter to force overtime in the come-from-behind victory in the Tri-Peaks League District Tournament.
St. Mary’s (11-9, 9-5) used a 15-1 second quarter to take the commanding halftime lead, but the Demons fought back and outscored the Pirates 10-5 in overtime.
St. Mary’s has lost two of three after winning seven straight.
Pikes Peak 3A No. 3 The Classical Academy 43, Ellicott 26
At The Classical Academy: Jason Anderson scored 9 points and Michael Kochan added 8 as Pikes Peak 3A No. 3 The Classical Academy (13-6, 9-3 3A Tri-Peaks) advanced in the league district tournament.
TCA held a tenuous 22-19 halftime lead, but allowed just seven points in the entire second half.
Ellicott (4-16, 4-10) has lost six straight.
Simla 47, Miami-Yoder 29
At Simla: Cody Norris had 11 points, and Simla (12-7, 5-3 2A Black Forest) raced to a 33-16 halftime lead en route to its second straight victory.
The Cubs improved to 7-1 at home, while Miami-Yoder (3-14, 0-8) finished the season losing three of four.
Pikes Peak 3A No. 1 St. Mary’s 54, Florence 30
At St. Mary’s: Pikes Peak 3A No. 1 St. Mary’s (16-4, 11-3 3A Tri-Peaks) cruised after blanking Florence (7-13, 5-7) 12-0 in the first quarter of the league district tournament to snap a two-game skid.
The Huskies have lost four of five.
Salida 45, James Irwin 25
At Salida: Lauren McDonald’s 22 points were almost enough to top James Irwin (7-13, 6-8 3A Tri-Peaks) on her own as Salida (12-7, 7-4) advanced in the 3A Tri-Peaks district playoffs.
James Irwin kept things close early, trailing just 12-10 at the half, but Salida exploded for an 11-3 third quarter and closed the door with a 22-12 fourth.