If the Summit High hockey team needed to start playing the full 51-minutes of the 51-minute game, they did so Friday night.
A few unlucky bounces gone the other way, and it could have been a victory for the Tigers.
Instead, Resurrection Christian walked away with a 6-5 win.
"We came in expecting a good game, a physical game, and that's exactly what it was," head coach Chris Ruhly said. "Our team didn't let up. The turning point in the game was bad bounces which led to three goals. We had a post at the end. Two posts (that go in instead) and it's a different game. Top to bottom, everyone worked hard. The goalkeeper made saves when he needed them to. Our top line scored when we needed them to. Unfortunately, at the end, it just didn't go our way."
Nothing went into the net until well into the first period, when Resurrection Christian broke through the Tiger defense for a goal. A minute and a half later, Jack Nevicosi responded. The Tigers didn't let down, either, as Travis Potts put the puck into the net about a minute later.
Resurrection Christian's Tanner Ulland scored at the end of the first period to put the teams at an even 2-2.
From there, it was an evenly matched game, with the Tigers executing some of the things they've been practicing: getting in front of the net for screens and tips. Putting the puck in front of the net. Assistant captain Blake Horan had three assists while captain Sean Farley and senior Peter Grotemeyer parked themselves in front of the net to pick up a tip each.
In the third period, Resurrection Christian scored two unassisted goals, putting the team ahead, 6-4. With less than two minutes to go in the game, though, Farley responded with the help of Grotemeyer and Nevicosi to finalize the scoreboard at 6-5.
Despite the loss, it's another step in the right direction, Ruhly said.
"You're never happy with a loss, but if you take anything away from this game, we battled and we battled hard," said the coach. "We're starting to turn. We're starting to have things happen. We need to get a win here sooner rather than later, but things are looking good. ... This is probably the first game we've played where we really put a lot of things together. Unfortunately, we didn't come out with the win."