SHS Roundup: Top-ranked Regis defeats Summit 3-2
February 9, 2008
BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit High School hockey team doesn’t always have to win to gain its coach’s approval.Especially when the Tigers are up against the top teams in Colorado, Bryan Smith just wants his boys to compete with intensity the whole game.”We just played the best team in the state pretty hard,” Smith said following Summit’s 3-2 loss to Regis Saturday at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge. “I’m very proud of those kids – they played three periods of hockey.”Summit (11-6) scored in each of the first two periods (Scott Noble from Alex Gutierrez, then Gutierrez unassisted) before getting shut down in the third by the 15-1-1 Raiders.Regis goalie David Nowicki had a fabulous game with 27 saves, and really heated up during the home stretch when the hosts mounted several formidable attacks.
“We were going to the net hard all night,” SHS’ Jeff Montepare said. “Everyone worked their hardest.”Summit was dealt a tough break during the final minute, when the official made the call that ther were too many men on the ice. There was indeed an extra skater, but that was because Smith decided to pull his goalie. The Tigers had possession of the puck and an open man in front of the Regis net when the erroneous whistle was blown.”It was a mistake,” Smith said. “It’s hard for me because I officiate – I’ve been there before, so I might be more of a critic than other coaches.”Two Tigers – Jeff Montepare and Jan McSparin – vented their frustration to the zebras after the contest and were assigned 10-minute unsportsmanslike penalties that will be served at the beginning of the next game.”I was talking to the ref when I shouldn’t of been,” confessed Montepare, who plays with a cast on his left hand.
Nick Springer, who Montepare described as the player of the game for Summit, stopped 24 shots in goal.Saturday’s physical game foreshadowed the playoff atmosphere Summit is soon to encounter. Only two regular-season games (both home) remain – Friday against Colorado Academy and Saturday vs. Chatfield.Lady Tigers wrap up season in EnglewoodThe Jeffco 10 swimming and diving championships concluded Saturday at Englewood High School with Summit finishing sixth out of seven 4A teams.
Diver Samantha Gardner, who will be Summit’s lone representative at next weekend’s state meet, led the way on Saturday with a second-place finish (287.75 points for 11 dives). Savannah Guglielmo took 14th in the diving competition for SHS.Agne Maziliauskaite was the Lady Tigers’ top individual swimmer taking seventh in the 100 breaststroke and 14th in the 200 freestyle; Harper Kaufman was 13th in the 100 butterfly; and Megan Hartman was 14th in the 100 breast.In relays, the 200 medley team of Hartman, Kaufman, Maziliauskaite and Brittany Moore took fifth; the 200 free team (Kaufman, Hartman, Maziliauskaite and Lacie Williams) took sixth; and the 400 free team of Kaufman, Williams, Sharayah Dossett and Alyson Brozovich took sixth.”Success is felt in a lot of different ways,” Tigers coach Laura Graf said. “We didn’t place in a lot of events on Saturday, but on the season as whole, we had fun and taught some kids how to swim.”
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