SUPERIOR — The Monarch hockey team has seen enough of the Lewis-Palmer skaters for a while.
For the second time in two days, the Coyotes beat Lewis-Palmer on Saturday night. After a 3-2 victory on Friday, the Coyotes were far more pleased with Saturday's 6-0 margin.
It was the Coyotes' third shutout of the season.
"We just have to keep playing our game and not play to the level of our opponents," senior right wing Sal Pisciola said. "It doesn't matter who scores, either, as long as we keep getting pucks to the net and scoring goals. We did all that tonight, which was better than what we did last night."
Having graduated 17 seniors after last season, the Coyotes (9-3, 5-2 Foothills) are beginning to hit their stride. They have won their past four games and have risen to No. 3 in the latest CHSAANow.com poll after convincing wins over No. 2 Cherry Creek and No. 6 Valor Christian last week.
Playing on their home ice at the Sport Stable on Saturday, the Coyotes jumped out a 2-0 lead with goals from Pisciola and Conner Akerson in the first period. Mitchell Ganem added a goal in the second period and the Coyotes pulled ahead to start the running clock with goals from Pisciola, Zach Given and Yuta Young in the third period.
"The boys are playing well and we've definitely picked up our intensity and our focus," Coyotes head coach Jimmy Dexter said. "We were struggling with that early on but since the holiday break we've been playing pretty good hockey. We've been really working on our backchecking and making sure we have an F3 coming back as hard as they can to the house to help out the defense. These guys are starting to buy in and do the little things that we need to do to win."
The Coyotes will be back in action next Friday when they travel to face seventh-ranked Ralston Valley. The Coyotes, who have reached the past four state championships games, knocked Ralston Valley out in the semifinals of last year's state tournament.
Monarch 6, Lewis-Palmer 0
At Sport StableLewis-Palmer 0 0 0 — 0
Monarch 2 1 3 — 6
Goals (assists) — Monarch: Pisciola (Akerson, Krebill), 7th minute; Akerson (Van Haute), 16th minute; Ganem (Wiener, Churches), 20th minute; Pisciola, 34th minute; Given (Herdic, Carvalho), 38th minute; Young (Herdic), 44th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Lewis-Palmer: Vanderbeck (51-6-31); Monarch: Kelly (38-0-0), Gorbitz (13-0-14).