Summit hockey tops Standley Lake
SUMMIT DAILY NEWS
Once again, the Tigers had their slim playoff hopes seemingly hanging on by just a strip of flimsy hockey tape.
They were down 3-0 a minute into the third period Saturday against the third-ranked team in the Foothills Conference. Summit entered the night one spot out of the playoffs, and with just 16 minutes remaining, the Tigers looked to be done.
Then, just as they’ve done each of the previous two games, they fought back.
“The guys rallied around each other,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. “They knew it was still a winnable game.”
Well, Summit scored five third-period goals, three coming off grinding plays in front of the net, and won the pivotal league matchup 5-4 on the road.
“It was a fantastic game. Everyone played well together and understood what was at stake,” Ruhly said.
Evan Streit scored twice in that final rally, and senior Dylan Junkenmeier rammed home a rebound with just 1:30 remaining in regulation to put Summit ahead for good.
“Three of our final four goals were off rebounds,” Ruhly said. “We’ve been talking about crashing the net all year, and they really did it.”
The Tigers also got a ton of rubber on the Standley Lake netminder, outshooting their opponent 40-29.
Still, they couldn’t find the back of the net until the final stretch.
Sophomore Sean Farley got the scoring started to cut the lead to 3-1. Then senior Buck Marshall scored off a rebound in front to make it 3-2.
After giving up another goal and falling down by two again, Streit scored back-to-back tallies, before setting up Junkenmeier’s winner.
The win jumped the Tigers ahead of rival Battle Mountain – which tied Ralston Valley on Saturday – and into the eighth and final playoff spot.
And as Ruhly put it, the Tigers now “control their own destiny” in terms of qualifying for the post season.
“We’re rolling right now and it’s exciting,” the coach said. “But we can’t relax. We have our last home game on Wednesday and we still have must-win games coming up.”
The Tigers (10-7, 5-5) host Monarch on Wednesday at 5 p.m., before finishing the season off at Regis Jesuit on Friday and Columbine Saturday.
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