Another Barto hat trick keys second straight SHS win
COLORADO SPRINGS – Behind the second straight hat trick from senior captain Billy Barto, the Summit High School hockey team made it two wins in two games Wednesday night.The Tigers beat Coronado 8-5 at Sertich Ice Arena in Colorado Springs to improve to 2-3 on the season, and take plenty of momentum into two crucial road games this weekend. Summit will play Bishop Machebeuf and Peak to Peak in back-to-back contests Friday and Saturday nights, a pair of games that could determine whether the Tigers are legitimate contenders, as they believe they are.Wednesday, Barto opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the game on one-touch passes from Alex Gutierrez and Chase Underbrink. After Coronado tied it at 1, Summit’s Scott Noble used a wraparound goal to give the lead back to his team. T.J. Fisker increased the Tigers’ advantage to 3-1 on an assist from Grant McGahey, before the Cougars drew within one near the end of the first period.The back-and-forth action continued in the second. Coronado scored two goals 17 seconds apart to reclaim the lead, but the Tigers responded once again. Barto’s second goal of the game came on the power play, where Summit has struggled for much of the young season. Noble and Fisker assisted.Then Underbrink ended a string of passes that went through Gutierrez and Braxton Campbell by breaking the tie once again, and giving the Tigers a 5-4 advantage with their second straight power-play goal.Barto’s hat trick-clinching, shorthanded score made it 6-4 before Coronado scored 24 seconds later to get within one goal heading into the final period.Alas, that was all the Cougars would get off Summit goalie Nick Springer, who stifled the hosts over the final 15 minutes to give the Tigers the win.McGahey (assisted by Edwards) and Jan McSparin (unassisted) each posted third-period scores to give Summit the comfortable final margin.As SHS coach Bryan Smith said, “We pretty much outplayed them the whole game – it wasn’t that close.”The Tigers outshot the Cougars 46-16.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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