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Ice hockey: Sean Farrar’s dazzling night not enough as Monarch falls to Ralston Valley in 5A quarters

Farrar’s 33 saves give Coyotes a chance,

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    DENVER — Monarch's Zach Jensen shoots at Magness Arena Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

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    DENVER — Monarch's Cam Piggott awaits a scrum on the boards at Magness Arena Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

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    DENVER — Monarch's Isaac Mansfield skates into the offensive zone at Magness Arena Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

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    DENVER — Monarch's Zach Jensen reaches for a bouncing puck at Magness Arena Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

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    DENVER — Monarch's Ben Wiener skates in the offensive zone at Magness Arena Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

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DENVER — Monarch goalie Sean Farrar was masterful in defeat Monday night.

While the Coyotes fell to Ralston Valley in the second overtime of the Class 5A quarterfinals at the University of Denver’s Magness Arena, the senior had provided a performance fitting of a program that prevailed amid the destruction laid by the Marshall Fire.

In the end, Farrar stopped 33 shots before Trevor Tosh’s rebound chance in front of the net sent No. 5 seed Ralston Valley past No. 4 Monarch, 2-1, and into the Frozen Four.

“We’ve faced a lot of adversity with the fire, but we’ve battled through it,” Farrar said. “We’ve really gotten a lot better throughout the entire season. It’s just unfortunate that it went into overtime and one goal is all it takes to end a season.”

The program’s run to Colorado’s icy centerstage came after its community lost more than 1,000 homes due to the fast-spreading blaze from Dec. 30. Even its home arena — the Sports Stable in Superior — underwent restorations as a result.

Through it, though, the Coyotes won nine of their final 13 games (9-3-1) and earned a trip back to the postseason after missing out on a pandemic-condensed field a season ago.

Meeting Ralston Valley for the third time this season, they split with the 5A North champion — falling to the Mustangs 5-3 just 11 days prior. In front of fans scattered around DU’s famous arena, the trilogy ended in dramatic fashion.

“Win or lose, we have an unbelievable group of young men,” Monarch coach Jimmy Dexter said. “And with the fire, and how they looked out for each other, everybody checking on each other and offering places to stay and raising money, it’s just been remarkable.”

Figuring out the jigsaw puzzle that was Farrar for the opening two periods, the Mustangs finally broke through in the third when Devin Strong took a feed in front of the net from Chase Coisman to tie things 1-1 with 10:52 remaining.

Earlier, in the second, Dylan Zukosky had put Monarch ahead with his ninth goal of the season. Fueled by a nice offensive rush to start that frame, Zukosky found himself free around the right circle and beat goalie Derek McMaster with his second goal in five games.

With things even, into sudden death, Farrar kept Monarch’s season alive as long as he could. He dropped down for a series of saves in the final minutes of regulation, then stoned Mario Rodriguez’s breakaway attempt in the first overtime.

Tosh’s winning goal came on the power play minutes into the second OT. It was set up by a disputed slashing call that gave Ralston Valley its seventh power play of the night.

“Sean, he was awesome. He’s been a rock all season,” Dexter said. “He played outstanding. Couldn’t ask for anything more.”

As for the call? “To lose in double overtime, I thought it was a soft call in the neutral zone … tough way to lose in double overtime on a ticky-tack call.”

The Mustangs will face top-seeded Denver East Thursday at DU. The winner will play for the state championship at Ball Arena March 8.

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