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Capo United doesn't let Div. 2 get away
ANAHEIM – Most of Capistrano United’s players remembered the feeling from last year.
Determined not to let another title opportunity slip away, the Coyotes were relentless against Corona-Norco, firing 45 shots on goal.
While only two shots went in, it was enough for the Coyotes, who won the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Division 2 title with a 2-0 win Tuesday night at Honda Center.
“It’s a relief after last season,” forward Mike Boutoussov said. “They came out a lot harder than we expected, but we hung in there, got a couple goals and played strong defense.”
Boutoussov (Dana Hills) scored the winner 2:42 into the second period off a pass from John Pratt, who collected the loose puck in the neutral zone.
Late in the period, Travis Gebauer knocked in a loose puck in front to double the lead to 2-0. Austin Caronia and Greg Lee were credited with assists.
“It gave us a little bit of room to breathe,” Coyotes coach Jean Labbe said. “I thought we did a good job of being disciplined in the third (period) and we benefitted from power plays, if anything, to kill time off the clock.”
Capistrano United (14-2-1) kept the pressure on Corona-Norco goaltender Kyle Hornock throughout. Hornock made 41 saves.
That pressure limited opportunities for the Stingrays (10-8-0) at the other end. Capistrano United marked Corona-Norco forward Jeremy Van Dyke each time he was on the ice.
Coyotes goalkeeper Connor Duffy made 14 saves.
“Hornock is a phenomenal goalie,” Labbe said. “We wanted to watch out for Van Dyke. He had a hat trick in the semifinals and he’s a goal-scorer. Our defense did a good job of keeping him off the board.”
Capistrano United’s Jack Lippis had a pair of chances late in the third period, but saw one shot hit the crossbar and another bounce off the right post.
The Coyotes will play a Freeway Series game against the champion of the L.A. Kings High School Hockey League, an eight-team league that wraps up its season on Saturday.
In Division 3:
St. John Bosco 9, Edison 1: Charley Lowe scored an even-strength goal to give the No. 3 Chargers a 1-0 lead, but No. 1 St. John Bosco took over from there, scoring nine consecutive goals to win the inaugural ADHSHL Division 3 title.
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