Results from Bucks vs. Yetis, plus Tigers varsity hockey and boy’s varsity basketball | SummitDaily.com

Results from Bucks vs. Yetis, plus Tigers varsity hockey and boy’s varsity basketball

A Rifle forward puts up a shot against a Summit defender during a 2014 away game. On Dec. 19, the Tigers lost the first 4A Western Slope league game of the season to the Bears squad, 67-35.

BRECKENRIDGE BUCKS VS. GLACIER YETIS — DEC. 18-19

The Breckenridge Bucks (16-7) wrapped up the first half of their inaugural season at home with a sweep of the Glacier Yetis (1-22) this past weekend.

The banged-up Bucks did not play well in the first period of the first game on Friday, as sloppy defense contributed to a pair of early goals by the Yetis. The Bucks were down 2-1 after the first period, but all the Yetis managed were those first two goals as Breck goaltender Lincoln Riley shut the door the rest of the way. The Bucks gained their stride in the second period and found the back of the net four times in less than seven minutes to go up 5-2.

Even when shorthanded, the Bucks proved to be too much for Yetis as they continued to turn up the pressure and put 50 shots on goal over the course of the game, winning 8-2 behind a hat trick from Joey Lajcaj. Before the night was through the Bucks lost one more player, as defenseman Ben Schoeffield was involved in a fight late in the game that led to a mandatory game misconduct.

On Saturday, the Bucks came out with much more vigor than the night before. They scored four first-period goals and controlled the puck for extended periods of time in the offensive zone.

Though lopsided, the game was not as one-sided as the score indicates. Goalie Oliver Elvenger led the Bucks with a series of impressive saves, including several huge breakaway saves to preserve the lead in the initial frame.

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The Bucks added an additional four goals in the second period and held a commanding lead heading into the third period, 8-1. They added two more in the third to win 10-2. By then, seven different Bucks players recorded a goal in the game.

Coach Jesse Davis said that while he was happy with the win and the goaltending was fantastic, there is room for improvement on the defensive front. The banged up Bucks get some well-deserved rest as the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League enters its winter break.

The Bucks sit six points back of the second place Aspen Leafs (19-5). The Bucks go on break for two weeks and return to action at home on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 against the first place Pikes Peak Miners (20-2). Game time is 7:05 p.m. on both nights. — WREN ARBUTHNOT

Breck Bucks vs. Glacier Yetis — Dec. 18

Score 1st 2nd 3rd Final

Bucks 1 4 3 8

Yetis 2 0 0 2

Breck Bucks vs. Glacier Yetis — Dec. 19

Score 1st 2nd 3rd Final

Bucks 4 4 2 10

Yetis 0 1 1 2

SUMMIT HS BOY'S HOCKEY

The Summit Tigers High School hockey team began its season in December, and, so far, it has been a rocky start in the win/loss column. However, the Tigers have also faced some of the best teams in the state to start the season.

Summit opened with a 13-0 defeat at the hands of the pre-season No. 1 team, Monarch. The Tigers returned to Summit the following week and stayed close with defending state champions Cherry Creek before eventually falling 3-1. Next, the Tigers lost a close decision against mountain rival Aspen 3-2, though they were missing several key players during the game. Finally, this past weekend, they traveled to Steamboat to face the No. 7 ranked Sailors and lost 5-0 in what was described as a "rather chippy game."

Tigers head coach Billy Barto said he expects things to get better as the season goes along and the team finds its groove without injury.

"The early season is all about growth," he said. "It takes a commitment to get better and focus on having no off days."

He also said "there is a real sense of family amongst the players," pointing to a diverse varsity lineup that includes seniors and freshman. Starting against powerhouses like Monarch and Cherry Creek gives the team early perspective on what it will take to be a force in the high school league this year.

"We are playing well in many aspects, but we need to clean up the little things in our game," senior goaltender Wyatt Dickerson commented. "Mistake-free hockey and playing a full 51 minutes is what it boils down to. If we minimize our mistakes and play a complete game, we are going to be more successful moving forward."

The Tigers return to action after the holiday break on Jan. 6 at home (Stephen C. West Ice Arena) to take on Valor Christian at 5:30 p.m. — WREN ARBUTHNOT

SUMMIT VS. RIFLE — SUMMIT HS BOY'S BASKETBALL

The Summit Tigers traveled to Rifle for the first league game of the boy's varsity basketball season. Summit lost 67-35. Senior Jack Anderson started the Tigers off strong in the first quarter with four quick points in the paint. His also had four defensive rebounds and three offensive boards. Sophomore Dimitri Preciado is finding his niche on the varsity squad and took off in the fourth quarter with 11 points (one three-pointer, one two-pointer, six for eight from the foul line). He also finished with two assists and two steals. The Tigers next game is Jan. 5 at Buena Vista. The next home game is Jan. 8 against Eagle Valley.

Summit vs. Rifle

1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

Summit 7 10 4 14 35

Rifle 15 18 16 18 67