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A national defense
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Monroes Taylor Riese gets checked into the boards by a Rockford defender during the second period of Fridays U-18 game. Rockford, ranked fourth nationally, won 7-2.
MONROE - The Avalanche U-18 hockey team took one on the chin Friday night in a 7-2 loss to the Rockford Icemen at the Stateline Ice and Community Expo."I think we played OK overall," Monroe coach Cary Bush said. "They are a really good team. Every time we made a mistake, they scored. It wasn't our best game, it wasn't our best effort but every period we got better."Rockford (21-0-1) is the fourth-ranked team in the nation, according to the new USA Midget Major hockey poll. Monroe (7-7-2) is listed at 131.

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