Summit Tiger hockey falls to defending state champ Ralston High 4-2
Ralston Valley High School showed why it’s the two-time defending state champion Monday night at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, topping Summit 4-2 in the Tigers’ first game since winter break.
“They outplayed us,” Summit head coach Bobby Dore said of a Ralston team that was coming in with a more than 30-game, multi-season winstreak under its belt. “That’s a very good hockey team.”
The Mustangs outshot the Tigers 41-15, but a strong performance by Summit goalie Wyatt Dickerson and the Tiger defense kept them in the game.
“Wyatt solidified himself as our starting goaltender,” Dore said. “He played very well.”
Of all the teams that have faced Ralston this season, the Tigers gave up the second fewest goals. Heading into Monday night’s game the Mustangs had outscored their opponents 31-5 in the previous five games.
“We knew they were going to be a tough team,” senior forward George Kasch said Tuesday, adding that the Tigers walked away confident with where they are at this point.
“We’re pleased with that outcome. A bunch of other mountain teams have gotten crushed by Ralston,” Kasch said. “It’s showing in practice that we’re working better as a team. I think that it’ll show in the next couple of games.”
The Mustangs came out firing Monday night, jumping to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period before a Ben Schoeffield goal brought the Tigers within one.
Ralston continued its offensive, however, keeping the puck in the Tigers’ end for much of the game and scoring an additional goal shortly before the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, a goal by Ralston’s Alex Meisner put the Mustangs up 4-1. Summit’s Ryan Rodgers scored late to bring the Tigers within two, but Summit was unable to find an answer for the Mustangs continued offensive.
The loss drops the Tigers to 2-4 on the year, 1-3 in conference. The team had closed 2014 on a two-game win streak prior to the break. Ralston moved to 6-0 on the year.
The Tigers will host back-to-back home games next week. They’ll face Kent Denver High School on Thursday, Jan. 15, followed by Battle Mountain Friday, Jan. 16.
The team’s Jan. 3 game at Columbine was postponed due to travel conditions and has yet to be rescheduled.
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