LOVELAND — The areas in front of the hockey nets at the Budweiser Events Center were a Raider red nightmare for the Monarch Coyotes on Saturday afternoon.
And after three previous cracks at claiming its first state title in the sport — all season the favorite to finally bring it home — MoHi came up empty once again.
Regis Jesuit came into the BEC with a powerful presence and revenge from its lone loss of the season on its mind, and the Raiders punished Monarch 6-1 for their fourth hockey title since 2008.
Another dominant season — perhaps the most dominant of any in the stretch of four straight championship game appearances — came to a gut-wrenching halt for the boys in the gold sweaters.
"They lost one game all year, and today we just seemed a little bit flat while they were flying," Monarch head coach Jimmy Dexter said of Regis. "We had an unbelievable season. To lose just one game ... we lost the wrong game, obviously."
The Coyotes entered the contest having scored 20 playoff goals in three games, and prior to that had not scored less than three in a single contest while amassing 183 regular season goals.
But with an 0-for-5 afternoon on the power play that included a third period 6-on-3 chance, Monarch could not get the puck past Sam Gartner but one time. That came just 13 seconds into the game, when a diving poke check from Jake Young helped set up Adam Tybor for a 1-0 lead.
The way Monarch had built this championship-contending run this season, one almost could assume that early seizure of momentum would have sparked the Coyotes to another resounding win.
But Regis started to hit, and they started to gain puck control. Most importantly, they got in front of the net. Cale Woodley tied the game at 1 with a top-shelf power play goal just 11 minutes, 26 seconds after MoHi took the lead, and Regis' command of the prime scoring areas was glaring though the contest.
After a penalty shot goal from Jack Jordan made it 2-1 with just 30 seconds left in the first period, Regis turned right around and made it 3-1 14 ticks into the second when Kyle Wilson fired from to the Hunter Ingino's far post from the hash marks after getting a nice pass from Spencer Sannes.
Monarch was left to scramble the rest of the way. The Coyotes had some good circulation on a power play midway through the second period that gave the Coyotes a shot at closing in on RJHS, but Gartner kept his net pristine for the final 50:47 seconds. He had 25 saves.
"I never thought we were out of it until late in the third, but it just wasn't our day and we didn't have a lot of jump," Dexter said. "Even when we had a power play and had six guys out there, we didn't do a lot.
"Regis's effort was phenomenal."
The teams played to a 3-0 Monarch win earlier this season, and the Coyotes left an impression on Regis head coach Dan Woodley. But the Raiders peaked at the right time, outscoring playoff opponents 28-3.
"We felt they manhandled us during the season, and we felt they had the better team and we had something to prove," Regis head coach Dan Woodley said. "It's a testament to our guys to have such a shocking start. That (first goal) could have been the coronation of Monarch winning the state title, but instead our guys showed their true character."
Colorado state hockey championship
Regis Jesuit 6, Monarch 1
At Budweiser Events CenterRegis Jesuit 2 2 2 — 6 Monarch 1 0 0 — 1
Goals (assists) — Monarch: Adam Tybor (Brendan Van Haute, Jake Young), 1st, :13; Regis Jesuit: Cale Woodley (Jack Kilkenny), 1st, 11:40; Regis Jesuit: Jack Jordan (unassisted, penalty shot) 1st, 16:30; Regis Jesuit: Kyle Wilson (Spencer Sannes), 2nd, :14; Regis Jesuit: Kilkenny (Sawyer Elliott), 2nd, 15:40; Regis Jesuit: Eamon Duffy (unassisted, shorthanded), 3rd, 3:17; Regis Jesuit: Rowan Barnes (Nelson, power play), 3rd, 10:20.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Regis Jesuit: Sam Gartner (51-1-24); Monarch: Hunter Ingino (51-6-15).