SUPERIOR — Monarch goalie Simon Holstein was hard on himself after his previous outing in net. He’s like that, he said.
The netminder from Peak to Peak told his coach it was his worst performance of the season after he gave up five goals against Ralston Valley last Friday, a game the Coyotes would have to climb out of two multi-goal deficits to draw.
On Thursday night, with one save after another, “he was back to his normal self,” coach Jimmy Dexter said.
If only it came in a win.
Holstein stopped a season-high 38 shots but Class 5A No. 4 Monarch fell in overtime to No. 2 Valor Christian, 3-2, at the Sports Stable.
The Coyotes were outshot, 41-23, and had just two power play chances to the Eagles’ six. Holstein balanced the scale until Noah Fekete’s winner with 2 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the extra period.
“He had no chance at that overtime goal,” Dexter said. “Just a great pass across, on the backdoor. He couldn’t have saved that. He was unbelievable tonight.”
Vincent Felt scored in the opening period for Monarch (6-2-1, 2-2-1 5A Metro), continuing his torrid streak with his seventh point over his last three games. Branden Desouza-Chen added his first goal of the season in the second to give the Coyotes another lead until Alec Alfieri’s equalizer with 10:41 left in regulation.
It was Monarch’s eighth straight loss to Valor Christian (5-1, 3-1) in the CHSAA high school season. The Coyotes also lost to Valor Christian in the CPHL championship in November despite 49 saves from Holstein.
“It definitely picks up the confidence” after tonight, Holstein said. “After that Ralston Valley game, I was a little bit shaky, like ‘ooo I got to pick this up.’ After this game, the confidence is high.”
Desouza-Chen gave Monarch a 2-1 lead on a rebound chance in the moments following its first power play of the night.
By the time an Eagles player got back into position, Ben Rosenberg had already ripped a chance off Valor Christian keeper Cooper Robinson from the left. And like a perfectly executed bounce pass off the goalie pad, the Fairview junior corralled the rebound and wristed a winner on a sharp angle from the right.
“I saw the rebound come off the net but I wasn’t really looking at the net,” Desouza-Chen said. “Muscle memory kicked in.”
Earlier, Felt redirected Trey Chance’s shot from just inside the blue line, putting the Coyotes on the board first.
The Fairview senior had been instrumental in leading the Coyotes back from a two- and three-goal deficit to draw Ralston Valley, totaling three assists, including the helper that set up Jaren Ng’s equalizer with 8:47 remaining in regulation.
He then had two goals and an assist in a 16-0 win over Pueblo County Monday. He leads the team 13 points this season.
Nicholas Maronna tied things 4:48 into the second on a power play for Valor, corralling the puck off the face-off before blasting a chance past Holstein.
The Eagles finished 2 for 6 with a man-advantage. Monarch was 0 for 2.
The Coyotes continue a stretch of three games in three nights, facing 4A No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain Friday and 5A No. 3 Regis Jesuit Saturday.