Allen leads fourth-quarter blitz in Fruita’s win over Durango
Wyatt Allen chose the perfect time to play his best game of the season.
Friday at Canyon View Park, the Fruita Monument High School junior had two goals and six assists in a 10-7 win over Durango.
“This is the best game Wyatt has had so far, and I’ve been expecting it out of him since game one,” Fruita Monument coach Mark Young said. “He’s been a leader this whole year, but hasn’t been able to get over the hump and really break out. (Friday) he did that.”
Allen’s most important contribution came in the fourth quarter after Durango’s Dane Bier gave the Demons a 7-5 lead with 10:37 left.
Allen responded with a goal 20 seconds later to shift the momentum back to the Wildcats.
“We got a timeout, which helped get us refocused,” Allen said. “It was good for our team to answer back.”
Ryan Hautzinger scored the tying goal with seven minutes remaining, and was leveled after the goal, which gave the Wildcats (6-3) a man-up advantage.
Fruita Monument capitalized on the penalty 30 seconds later when Allen set up a cutting Aiden Woomer for the go-ahead goal.
“I was really excited when I saw Aiden cutting to the goal,” Allen said. “Once (Hautzinger) got that goal to tie it up, the whole team knew we were back in it.”
Allen scored with a minute remaining and Jack Dietel tallied the final goal with 19 seconds left.
The Wildcats outscored the Demons 5-1 in the fourth quarter.
“Just like any team, we like to say the fourth quarter is our quarter,” Young said. “We don’t want to lose it, we lost the third and second quarter and I said ‘that’s it, they’ve won half this game, now let’s go win the most important part of this game and go home.’ “
The fourth quarter helped erase a dismal third quarter for the Wildcats. Fruita’s Woomer scored the first goal of the quarter to give the Wildcats a 5-3 lead, but Durango answered with three straight goals to go ahead 6-5.
“That was a nightmare,” Young said. “We fell apart in the third quarter, we couldn’t get our offense going, couldn’t get the defense going and (Durango) played well.”
Woomer led the Wildcats with five goals and Bier was the Demons’ top scorer with four goals.
Fruita Monument goalie Kyler Hanson had 10 saves.
“It wasn’t an easy win for these guys,” Young said. “They can be happy with this game for about an hour, then we have to get concentrated because we have some tough games coming up.”
Fruita Monument plays at Glenwood Springs today before taking on Grand Junction on Tuesday.