Results from Breck Bucks hockey on Thanksgiving weekend | SummitDaily.com

Results from Breck Bucks hockey on Thanksgiving weekend

Compiled by Phil Lindeman, with Wren Arbuthnot
plindeman@summitdaily.com

SUMMIT PLAYERS SHINE AT NEW YORK SEVENS RUGBY TOURNEY

You can't keep a Tiger down. Over the holiday weekend, four players with the Summit girl's rugby team continued to dominate on the pitch at the 56th annual New York Sevens Tournament on Randalls Island, a small park in Manhattan. Their U-18 club team, Atlantis, won the premier high school Championship Cup after facing a roster of 139 all-star club teams from the U.S. and Canada. Players Cassidy Bargel, Jody Losch, Natalie Gray and Meg Rose represented Summit, led by longtime Atlantis head coach Billy Nicholas.

The Championship Cup title comes just weeks after the Tigers took their eighth consecutive state championship. The rough-and-tumble team beat Chaparral High School 64-7 on Nov. 14.

BRECK BUCKS VS. COLORADO THUNDERBIRDS — NOV. 27-28

The Breckenridge Bucks (12-5) were back in action over the Thanksgiving weekend, taking on the Colorado Thunderbirds from the Front Range.

Earlier in the week, Bucks head coach Jesse Davis mentioned that the team "needed to get on the board early and play with a lead." Buoyed by a large home crowd, the Bucks jumped all over the Thunderbirds in the first period of the two-game series as they tried to regain their form following an 8-2 thrashing from the Pikes Peak Miners the previous weekend.

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Davis also said that the team needed to work on beating less-skilled teams early — the best way to rack up wins. The Thunderbirds, however, played very disciplined hockey and did not take any penalties in the first game.

The Bucks got off to a great start on Friday night, scoring four goals in the first period. The team seemed in total control at the first break. They added to their lead in the second period, with Anthony Flores scoring his second goal of the contest just 34 seconds into the second period.

The Thunderbirds got on the board a few minutes later with a power-play goal to close the lead to 5-1. They continued to press into the third period, scoring two more goals to the Bucks' one. The Thunderbirds would have sunk more if not for a few big saves by goaltender Lincoln Riley.

The first game of the weekend ended in a 6-3 win for the Bucks. Final shot totals were 54 for the Bucks and 44 for the Thunderbirds.

After the game, the coaching staff mentioned that they were happy with the team's play. Despite a high number of shots for the Thunderbirds, many came from outside and were easier for the goaltenders to handle.

Saturday night started similarly to Friday, as the Bucks registered four first-period goals to take control of the game early on. They proceeded to win the game in dominating fashion, 8-2, led by a pair of goals from Milou Lofstrom and three assists from Ben Schoeffield.

The Bucks once again dominated the scoreboard and physical game on Saturday. During the third period, defenseman Jesse Reller fought the Thunderbird's Brandon Fitzsimmons, giving the home crowd an additional reason to cheer. Reller came out on top, boosting the crowd and team morale.

Saturday's win was also the first for Bucks goaltender Reiker Edstrom, who was recently acquired from Tulsa in the Western States Junior Hockey League. Edstrom, a Summit High School alum, looked sharp in the net during his debut, turning aside more than 30 shots.

The Bucks record improved to 12-5 on the season. The team next travels to Monument this coming weekend Dec. 4-5 for a two-game series against the Colorado Rampage (12-5). — WREN ARBUTHNOT

Friday, Nov. 27

Breck Bucks vs. Colorado Thunderbirds

Score 1st 2nd 3rd Final

Bucks 4 1 1 6

T'Birds 0 1 2 3

Saturday, Nov. 28

Breck Bucks vs. Colorado Thunderbirds

Score 1st 2nd 3rd Final

Bucks 4 3 1 8

T'Birds 1 0 1 2