Tigers shake off Terrors in double overtime
February 22, 2008
MINTURN – The Summit High School hockey team is one win away from the Frozen Four.The Tigers defeated Palmer 3-2 in double overtime on Friday and will face Battle Mountain in Minturn today at 6 p.m.”It was very emotional for me and our whole staff,” SHS coach Bryan Smith said by phone while the loud roar of Tiger fans could be heard in the background, “watching our kids battle through, get after it and come out on top.”Summit (14-6) drew first blood 5 minutes into the second period when Shamus O’Neill scored on an assist from Andrew Beardsley during a penalty kill.
“It was a phenomenal effort by Beardsley,” Smith said. “He beat the guy to the puck in the corner and found Shamus, who deeked the goalie and buried a beautiful shot.”Palmer, which finished its season 14-6, countered before the period’s end.Jan McSparin gave the Tigers another lead in the third quarter by converting an assist from Alex Gutierrez and Braxton Campbell.”Alex was down low and passed the puck to Braxton behind the net,” Smith recalled. “McSparin picked a low corner and scored.”
With slightly more than 4:00 to go, Palmer equalized once again, setting up the dramatic finish.The ice wasn’t re-made following regulation, which made for a brief break (only 3:00) prior to overtime.After a scoreless 12-minute period, the ice required the Zamboni’s attention, which allowed Smith and company to collect themselves.”I could see that we needed a bunch of energy,” Smith said. “We gave them Gatorade, Power Bars and oranges and had kind of a moment of silence. We knew we had to feed of each other’s energy.”
Thirty-five seconds into the second OT period, Gutierrez scored on an assist from Campbell after a two-on-one break away.Battle Mountain, which defeated Chatfield 2-1 on Friday, improved to 18-2. The Huskies’ only two losses of the season came at the hands of Summit.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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