The Hilltoppers and the Taos Ice Tigers hockey teams squared off at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center last Friday to see which team would be taking home the coveted North Star Trophy, a traveling trophy, which the Hilltoppers won last year in the end of year pure team state championship.
There are only two pure hockey teams in the state, teams made up of players all from one high school. This cross state rivalry has been going on for many years as the trophy has changed hands many times. The completion is fierce and the level of hockey is high as these two teams battle for the title. This year was no exception.
As period one opened it was obvious that the Ice Tigers meant business, as they had the puck in the Toppers end of the ice a majority of the time. The first period ended scoreless.
Early in the second period Jared Carnes assisted by Jacob Dunwoody and Carson Schramm found the mark for the first goal. Soon after, Ben Rees, in a break-away scored another goal assisted by Jacob Rutten. Still later in the second period, Rees found the net again assisted by Enrico Zerr to bring the score at the end of the period to 3-1.
The third period belonged to the Ice Tigers as they scored three unanswered goals to win 4-3, and took the North Star Trophy back to Taos for this year.