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Lancers handle Monroe
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By Times staff

MONROE - A shorthanded Monroe Avalanche boys hockey team was unable to overcome fatigue Monday in an 8-2 loss to Madison La Follette at SLICE.

The Avalanche (0-6, 0-2 Badger South) were without senior Mitchell Einbeck, who injured his toe Friday in a 14-1 loss to Monona Grove.

"We definitely felt it without him; without two full lines, you tend to get tired," coach Josh Smith said. "We also came out a little slow in the first period, which seems to be a habit this year."

Smith said Einbeck is out until at least January.

Avalanche sophomore goalie Dan Guilliams had 31 saves.

Despite the slow start, the Avalanche managed to get about 23 shots on goal in the second period.

"We played pretty well in the second period, getting most of our shots on goal," he said. "Most of our problems continue to be back and forth between just mental problems - being focused on what we're doing and doing it right - and just being too tired by the time we get through.

"It's hard enough when you're playing two lines against four or five, but then you lose other guys and it gets tough quick, unfortunately."