Regis Jesuit was a team the Tigers could have beat, Summit High hockey head coach Chris Ruhly said.
If not beat, at least kept up with more than the team did in Friday night's 10-1 road loss to the defending state champions.
"It was definitely a game we could have won," Ruhly said. "We started out scoring the first goal early in the game, and had the 1-0 lead. When you play good teams, they capitalize on your mistakes. First period, they scored three goals off mistakes, and things continued to go south from there."
And yet, Ruhly won't discredit Regis Jesuit, who he says "are the defending state champions for a reason. They're undefeated currently in the standings for a reason. They're a very good hockey team. When you play good hockey teams, you can't make as many mistakes as we did (Friday) night."
Tigers' senior captain Sean Farley scored the first goal, unassisted, just 3 minutes into Friday's contest. Then the team wasn't able to shut down Regis Jesuit leading scorer Conner Wigton, who had three goals. Connor Brennan and Nathan Haas each also added two goals for the home team, and Jack O'Neil, Alec Aichinger and Connor Duffey each contributed one. Both teams landed few penalties.
Summit goalie Reiker Edstrom had 13 saves on the night while Wyatt Dickerson stepped into the goal and made six saves. Edstrom and Dickerson saw fairly equal shots on goal, at 20 and 17, respectively. Meanwhile, Summit put up just 15 shots on Regis Jesuit's Sam Harden.
The team, which Ruhly says is in a "rebuilding" year, now sits at 2-6 on the season. Next up, Summit faces off with Bishop Machebeuf on Saturday. Machebeuf lost to Regis in early December, but the margin was much smaller with a 2-1 score.