Valor picked up a huge 4-0 win on Thursday over No. 2 Monarch in the Frozen Four to advance to the CHSAA State Championship on Tuesday night. Looking to avenge a 6-3 loss to the Coyotes in the final game of the regular season, the Eagles entered the Pepsi Center with a chip on their shoulder and a berth in the State Championship on the line.
The defending state champions came out strong in the opening minutes of the period and converted a number of Valor miscues into scoring chances, but sophomore goaltender Trey Hirschfield turned aside all six shots faced while his teammates progressed as the period went on.
Building on some momentum gained at the end of the first, the Eagles came out in the second period with much greater energy and were rewarded 0:55 into the period when senior forward Tim DeBord found the back of the net to put Valor up 1-0. 10:44 later, DeBord would score his second of the night and 4:15 after that would complete the natural hat trick with his third goal of the period. Valor kept the pressure up in the third, and drew a 5:00 major for boarding 7:24 into the period which didn’t result in an Eagles goal, but ate up valuable time for the Coyotes to mount a comeback. The 3-0 lead would hold until the final minute of the third when sophomore forward Colton Carlson scored an empty net goal.
Valor outshot Monarch by an official margin of 26-22 as Hirschfield picked up the shutout.
On the other side of the bracket, #1 Regis Jesuit defeated #13 Chaparral to advance to their third state appearance in the State Championship game.
Including the CPHL (Fall) season, Valor has played Regis three times already this year with the most recent coming on December 16th, a 2-1 loss. Prior to that, Valor defeated Regis 6-5 in the CPHL Championship game.
Tuesday’s grudge match will occur at the Pepsi Center beginning at 7:00 pm. Please follow @govalorhockey on Twitter for live updates as well as a link to stream the game live.