Published: February 20, 2014
FIRST-ROUND CAPSULES INVOLVING AREA TEAMS
DOHERTY (11-8) vs. REGIS (15-3-1)
3 p.m. Friday, South Suburban Ice Arena (Delio), Centennial
Last playoff meeting: Regis beat Doherty 8-1 in first round of 2009 playoffs.
What to know: Doherty makes consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 2009-10 but still seeks its initial first-round victory in that time. Of the Spartans' 89 goals, an astounding 28 have come on the power play, the most extra-man tallies of any team in Colorado. Senior Jake Komrofske has five of those. Regis, which has allowed only 21 goals all season, has three state titles (2008, 2009, 2012) but fell to Monarch in the second round last year.
PINE CREEK (11-7-1) VS. CHERRY CREEK (15-3-1)
4:45 p.m. Friday, Colorado Sports Center, Monument
Last playoff meeting: First meeting.
What to know: Pine Creek won three straight and five of its last six to break a playoff drought dating back to 2007-08. Meanwhile, Cherry Creek, which won only two games last year in its first season since reviving the program, has returned to prominence. The Bruins won state hockey titles from 1977-79, but the program was discontinued shortly after. Pine Creek is led by Zach Zimmerman, who recorded 19 goals and 14 assists. Cherry Creek goalie Quinton Reynolds has allowed only six goals in 343 minutes, translating into a .967 save percentage.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN (8-11) at MONARCH (16-1-2)
6:30 p.m. Friday, Boulder Valley Ice at Superior
Last playoff meeting: First meeting
What to know: Cheyenne Mountain, with 14 state titles in a legendary history, returns to the postseason after a two-year playoff absence despite ending the regular season on a four-game skid. Monarch, in just its fifth season of varsity play, already has reached the title game, falling to Ralston Valley last March. Doug Klopenstine leads Cheyenne Mountain with 26 points on eight goals and 18 assists. Ryan Case has five of his team's 17 power-play goals. Monarch's Walter Harris is among the state's top scorers with 17 goals and 25 assists. Defensively, the Coyotes have allowed only 26 goals this season.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (11-6-1) at LEWIS-PALMER (17-2)
8:15 p.m. Friday, Colorado Sports Center, Monument
Last playoff meeting: Lewis-Palmer claimed a 2-1 overtime win in the second round in 2011.
What to know: Lewis-Palmer dominated most of its competition during the regular season, losing only to Ralston Valley (19-0) and Mountain Vista (18-1). The deep Rangers have 13 players who have scored at least 10 points, led by Casey Mullen's 36 on nine goals and 27 assists. D.J. Jones has a team-best 19 goals. Steamboat Springs has relied on its defense to reach the playoffs as it struggled on offense with just 49 goals, and only six of them coming on the power play. Ben Wharton leads Steamboat with 13 goals and seven assists to go with 38 penalty minutes.