The week past in Aurora prep sports, 1.4-1.5

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Regis Jesuit players celebrate Sean Brennan’s goal early in the third period of the Raiders’ 2-0 ice hockey victory over Mountain Vista on Jan. 5, 2013, at South Suburban Ice Arena in Centennial. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

The winter break couldn’t stop the momentum of the Regis Jesuit ice hockey team, which beat Mountain Vista Jan. 5 in a big early result.

Senior forward Sean Brennan  — who finished the game with a bloody gash on the bridge of his nose — scored the game-winning goal shorthanded early in the third period and assisted on brother Connor’s empty-net clincher in the Raiders’ 2-0 victory over the Golden Eagles at packed South Suburban Ice Arena.

Coach Dan Woodley’s team also got 16 saves from junior goaltender Sam Harden to win the battle of previously unbeaten teams. Regis Jesuit, which handled Summit 10-1 the previous night, improved to 7-0 overall and remained atop the Foothills Conference.

“Other kids on the team told me that my nose is bleeding, but I never really realized it; it happens,” Brennan said afterwards as blood spidered down his face.

“After a long game of battling and neither team getting the edge, scoring that goal was a big relief. It was a big point in the game and a big lift for everybody. It gave us momentum to carry out our lead, finish off the game and win.”

Only one other team — Monarch — is unbeaten.

• The Cherry Creek ice hockey team won its second straight contest with a 7-4 victory over Rampart on Jan. 5 at the Family Sports Center.

The Bruins, a mix of players from five different schools — including Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest and Grandview — outshot the Rams 42-14 and got goals from seven different players, including Johnathan Docherty (Eaglecrest) and Matt Walters (Grandview).

• The Gateway wrestling team had a pair of champions at the Fort Collins Invitational on Jan. 5 in 113-pound senior Sergio Marquez and 152-pound freshman Deyaun Trueblood.

Marquez went 3-0 and Trueblood posted a 4-0 mark, while senior Abdelaziz BenQadi was 3-1 and finished second at 152 pounds and senior Josh Butler was 4-1 and took third place at 138.

The Olys scored 93.5 points to tie for fifth as a team behind Fossil Ridge, Legacy, Longmont and Roosevelt.

• A two-point game through two quarters turned one-sided in the second half Jan. 4, as Regis Jesuit ran the floor at will on their way to a 72-50 non-league boys basketball victory over Grandview in front of a full house at Regis Jesuit High School.

Junior Josh Perkins led the way for the Raiders with 18 points, while senior Eric Stemper added 13 and junior Devin Kadillak 12 as Regis Jesuit improved to 7-3 overall and avenged an eight-point loss at Grandview last season.

Grandview (6-3) played for the first time since a 3-1 performance at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif., prior to winter break.

Junior Akram Imam had a game-high 20 points for the Wolves, who struggled with foul trouble taking senior point guard Eric Garcia off the floor for long stretches.

• The Aurora Central boys basketball team got a balanced effort out of the break as four players scored in double figures in a 64-39 victory at Vista PEAK on Jan. 4.

Senior Leonard Hurst had 17 points to lead the way, while senior Carlton Hurst added 15, freshman LaDarius Thomas 14 and senior Tyler Stephenson 12.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555