WESTMINSTER — Monarch's ice hockey team is looking for consistency in a season that hasn't afforded the Coyotes much of it.
Two players with hat tricks in the same game?
Alex Scatena scored twice in a span of 32 seconds in the second period to complete his first "hatty" of the season before Cooper Zurn got his with two goals in the third, leading Monarch past Standley Lake 11-3 on Monday afternoon at the Ice Centre at the Promenade.
Scatena scored first, and Jake Given and Logan Rech quickly added others as the Coyotes (5-5-2, 4-1-1 Pinnacle) tallied three goals in 3 minutes and 23 seconds in the opening period. It was a much-needed start for a team that had been in the midst of a four-game winless streak.
From there, Zurn began the second with his first goal, followed by Given's second and another by Andrew Kim, who made it 6-1 and chased Standley Lake starting goaltender Jake Kendall-Perry.
The final two of the second were courtesy of Scatena, who deflected a shot into the net on the power play before scoring from the right circle at even strength.
"I think we needed just one game," said Scatena, who appears to have shaken out of a personal offensive lull with five goals in his last two games. "It felt like the puck wasn't bouncing our way. We were having a lot of trouble on offense and taking a lot of dumb penalties. I think we can build off today."
In the kind of start Monarch hadn't seen in some time, Scatena and Given scored on the Coyotes' first two power plays and Rech added a goal on a nifty, 2-on-1 break.
Scatena put away an up-close chance and Given flipped a wrister from atop the point to make it 2-0. Caleb Gold and Rech then perfected a fastbreak for the third goal 47 seconds later. On it, Gold raced along the far side of the ice and stopped sharp, sending a defender tumbling past him, and then found Rech skating in front for his first goal of the season.
Before that stretch, the Coyotes had just one goal in the opening period during their four-game winless streak. Maybe even more impressive about it, though, was their back-to-back power play goals in the period was the start of five straight successful trips with the man advantage.
"They're coming around, a young team," Monarch coach Jimmy Dexter said. "We just got to learn how to play the same every day. It's like a roller coaster for us. If we can get more consistent, I think maybe we can make playoff run here coming up."
The Coyotes won for the first time since Jan. 5, snapping out of a tough stretch that featured three losses and a draw. It was the second time this season they beat the Gators (3-9, 1-7) after knocking them off 3-1 to start the year.
In their latest, Ian Capdevielle stopped 19 shots and 11 players tallied at least a point.
Monarch faces Resurrection Christian on Friday at the Sports Stable.
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Monarch 11, Standley Lake 3
At Ice Centre at the PromenadeMonarch (5-5-2, 4-1-1) 3 5 3 -- 11
Goals (assists) — Monarch: Scatena (Loose), first period, 10:42; J. Given (Z. Given), first period, 13:18; Rech (Gold), first period, 14:05; Zurn (Z. Given), second period, 2:40; J. Given (Unassisted), second period, 5:58; Kim (Guo), second period, 7:08; Scatena (Z. Given, Finney), second period, 9:59; Scatena (unassisted), second period, 10:31; Zurn (Loose), third period, 3:22; Del Tufo (Scatena), third period, 14:14; Zurn (Finney, Kim), third period, 15:49. Standley Lake: Matthias (unassisted), second period, 4:36; Reyes (McLeod), third period, 7:12; Reyes (unassisted), third period, 9:31.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Monarch: Capdevielle 51-3-19; Standley Lake: Kendall-Perry 25-6-14; Marquis 26-5-6.