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Ice hockey: Piggott’s scoring trend continues, but Monarch falls to Denver East

Hasse’s hat trick does in Coyotes

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    Monarch High School's Martin Swail (No. 4) carries the puck into the zone while followed by Denver East High School's Nicholas Chadd (No. 15) at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Sean Farrar (No. 33) makes a stick save on a shot from Denver East High School at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Cam Piggot (No. 8) tries to get around Denver East High School's Connor Smithburger (No. 18) at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Vincent Felt (No. 10) takes a shot on goal in the game against Denver East High School at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Dylan Zukosky (No. 74) tries to get a shot off past Denver East High School's W. Zeke Romero (No. 4) at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Vincent Felt (No. 10) carries the puck into the zone while pressured by Denver East High School's Connor Hasse (No. 10) at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Denver East High School's Noel Friedman (No. 1) makes a save on a shot from Monarch High School's Liam McKewan (No. 3) at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Gabe Harrison (No. 13) looks to shoot in the game against Denver East High School at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.

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    Monarch High School's Cam Piggot (No. 8) celebrates his goal with teammates Vincent Felt (No. 10), Ben Wiener (No. 22) and Devin Cahoon (No. 24) against Denver East High School at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Ben Wiener (No. 22) is knocked down by Denver East High School's Connor Hasse (No. 10) at the Sports Stable in Superior on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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SUPERIOR — Monarch senior Cam Piggott’s goal streak remained intact Monday afternoon, pushing his current scoring trend to four games.

It wasn’t enough to topple the state’s current goliath, though.

Connor Smithburger and Alex Larchenko scored 32 seconds apart in the second period for Denver East, Connor Hasse then had a hat trick in the third, and the CHSAA Class 5A No. 1 Angels beat the third-ranked Coyotes 6-2 to push their winning streak to a classification-best 10 games.

“When we had our chances, we didn’t finish,” Monarch coach Jimmy Dexter said. “We got to be better there. We just made too many mistakes against a really, really good team.”

Down three goals, Piggott ripped a shot from inside the circle in the second and beat East goalie Noel Friedman glove-side for his sixth goal of the season and his fifth over the last six games.

With the deficit back to three in the third, Monarch (12-3) made it 4-2 on Vincent Felt’s marker with 6:45 remaining.

But that’s as close it would get.

Denver East (14-1-1) staved off three power plays in the game, including two at the end of the second when Monarch had seemingly grabbed momentum after Piggott’s goal.

Friedman then helped ice things with a few nifty saves early in the third, including a denial of Piggott on a breakaway. Hasse added all three of his goals in the final 9:05.

“A lot of the little things we didn’t execute,” Dexter said. “And we have to, to beat those guys.”

Sean Farrar stopped 33 shots for the Coyotes, who had their six-game winning streak snapped. Piggott and Felt each had a goal and an assist. Ben Wiener assisted on both of their goals.

Monarch’s three losses this season have come to top-four teams in 5A. It fell to No. 2 Regis Jesuit before the holiday break, then to No. 4 Valor Christian on Jan. 21.

“I totally think we’re up there with Valor, Regis, Denver East,” Piggott said. “The 6-2 (score), I don’t think was the result our play showed. And our goalie played a good game. He made the first and second save a lot of the time, but they were there for that third shot that happened to go in. If we gain a little toughness in front of our net, it’ll be a closer game and we can come out on top against these teams.”

Smithburger finished with a goal — his 13th of the year — and two assists. Benjamin Kluza scored on the team’s only power play chance in the opening minutes and Hasse scored three times to give him 18 goals on the season.

Friedman finished with 29 saves.

“I like our chances going into the playoffs, for sure,” Dexter said. “We continue to get better. It’s just those little things we still have to execute. Again, to good teams, we have to execute better. But I think we’re real close.”

Monarch will face Standley Lake Friday night at the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

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