If there's one word that describes the Monarch hockey team this season, it may be "relentless."
The top-ranked Coyotes have the tendency to pounce on opponents early and never let up until the final horn sounds.
Steamboat Springs is the latest club to fall victim to the Monarch onslaught, as the Coyotes (11-0 overall, 9-0 Foothills) overwhelmed the visiting Sailors 8-0 at the Boulder Valley Ice Center Saturday in a contest that was all but over before the first intermission.
"We come out really quick, try to get (opponents) back on their heals," said Mason Peterson, a senior forward. "We want to pressure them and get those early goals and set the tempo for the game."
The feeling out process didn't last long against No. 7 Steamboat Springs (9-4, 7-3). The Sailors had a decent scoring opportunity early when Scott Brown found himself clear in front of the Monarch net, but Coyote keeper Hunter Ingino easily deflected it for his first of 15 saves on the game.
But it was all Monarch after that. Andrew Pickner took a pass from Blake Bride, skated to the center of the ice and flicked the puck toward the Sailor cage, where Peterson was waiting to redirect it into the back of the net with 12 minutes, 21 seconds left in the first period for the game's first goal.
Before the announcer could even finish announcing that score, Peterson received the ensuing faceoff, worked his way down the left side and shelved a shot into the top right corner of the goal for a 2-0 cushion with 12 minutes to play.
Goals by Bride and Jake Young gave the Coyotes a 4-0 lead at the first intermission, and then Monarch got a running clock going with 10:39 left in the second after scores by Frankie Torrez and Brand Van Haute made it 6-0.
At that point you could see the Sailors break mentally and physically. The Coyotes made it so hard for Steamboat Springs to even get out of their defensive end, by the time they made it to the offensive end they couldn't put together much of an attack.
"You can see their confidence go down as we continue to build on ours," Peterson said. "We never quit, which is good."
What does happen, though, is that the game turns chippy, and Peterson admits Monarch has to do a better job of maintaining composure while opponents are losing theirs.
"Sometimes it's hard, because we play with a lot of emotion out there," Peterson said. "A lot of times we'll get a little hit and we'll take it too far. But we try to keep our head and keep it safe."
Indeed, the final period-and-a-half featured a revolving door at the penalty boxes, as 15 penalties were called in final 20-plus minutes of game time.
Bride finished with two goals and two assists for Monarch, which also received a goal from Brodie Wiener. Van Haute, Keegan Lewis, Pickner, Peterson and Young each finished with two points for the Coyotes.
Jackson Draper finished with 28 saves for the Sailors.
Monarch 8, Steamboat Springs 0
At Boulder Valley IceSteamboat Springs (9-4, 7-3) 0 0 0 — 0
Monarch (11-0, 9-0) 4 3 1 — 8
Goals (assists) — Monarch: Mason Peterson (Andrew Pickner, Blake Bride) 4th; Peterson (Pickner, Bride), 5th; Bride (Hunter Ingino), 14th; Jake Young (Keegan Lewis), 16th; Frankie Torrez (Young), 18th, Brendan Van Haute (Adam Tybor) 23rd; Brodie Wiener (Sean McGann, Mahito Henderson) 24th; Bride (Van Haute, Lewis) 37th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Steamboat Springs: Jackson Draper (51-8-28); Monarch: Hunter Ingino (51-0-15).
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