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Bantams and squirts capture Kingdom Cup Tournament

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BRECKENRIDGE – Last weekend, the early season Kingdom Cup Tournament brought the Summit Bantams against familiar foes – another Summit team put together just for the tournament consisting of Midgets, Bantam teammates and Pee Wee players.

Summit Bantams went on to win 8-1.

Seven different players scored, beginning with Michael Henthorne, followed by Braxton Campbell and Kane Dice in the first period. Meyja Miller scored the lone goal for the other Summit team (Summit 2) in the opening period.

In the second period, Jeff Noble, Campbell, Connor Cook and Jeff Montepare scored with assists from defensemen Jimmy Keeling and Brock Barto.

The pace slowed in the third period with Scott Noble scoring the lone goal. Hannah Harvey recorded a playmaker for the game. Strong defensive play by Matt Peoples and Andrew Beardsley kept Summit to the lone goal.

Saturday morning, the Summit Bantams, coached by Bryan Smith, Goeff “Bub” Palmer and Mark O’Reilley, played the Foothills Flyers. Summit jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period, thanks to goals from Scott Noble and Dice and assists by Henthorne and Alex Gutierrez. Foothills came charging back, scoring three unanswered goals in the second period. Foothills added two more to start the third period to put the Summit Lighting down 5-2. With less than 6 minutes remaining, Scott Noble closed the deficit.

With 1:39 left, Montepare put a rebound in from Tommy Mole’s shot to close the gap to one. Summit pulled its goalie, Michael Dilatush, but could not put the puck in the net, losing 5-4.

In a Saturday afternoon match, Summit faced the Front Range Panthers. Dilatush stifled the Panthers, recorded a shutout and stopped 19 shots.

At the 45 second mark of the first period, Campbell received a pass from Henthorne on a breakaway goal.

That’s all Dilatush needed to secure the victory.

On Sunday morning the Summit teams squared off again.

With the stands full of local families, nobody knew who to cheer for. It was another one goal game with Corey Hancock in the net for Summit 2.

The lead changed hands five times, with Montepare scoring first for Summit Bantams, followed by Nick Shultz, who tied the contest and was assisted by Tanner Banks.

Summit 2 took the lead in the second with an unassisted goal by T.J. Fisker, followed with another goal with 59 seconds left. Summit staged a comeback on the shoulders of Michael Henthorne’s two third-period goals, the second coming with 37 seconds left in the game. This set up an overtime goal by Tyler Swirka to win the contest.

The championship game pitted the Foothills Flyers against Summit. Dilatush stood on his ear and recorded his second shutout of the weekend. The first period ended in a scoreless tie.

With only 50 seconds left in the second, Henthorne and Scott Noble moved the puck up the ice, passing back and forth, with Noble raising it into the net.

The third period went back and forth, with strong defensive play by Jan McSparin and Max O’Neil to help seal the victory.

Squirts

BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit Squirt B hockey team beat Colorado Springs 4-0 in the championship game on Sunday to win the Kingdom Cup.

The aggressive defensive play of George Gruber, Mac Pitts, Evan Streit, Drake Blass and Mark Nowakiwsky enabled the offense to perform.

Goal scorers for the weekend included Dillon Horan (4), Dillon Junkermeier (3), Dak Dice (4), Billy Grossheuch, Ian McCluskie and Evan Striet.

Assisting the goals were Mac Pitts (3), Dak Dice (3), Justin Gregory (2), Drake Blass and Junkermeire.

The squirts enjoyed strong offensive play from Cullen Horan, Paul McSparin, Bobby Ruddle and Curtis Dankoff.

Phillip Contos had two shutouts and Ricky McAllaster had one shutout on defense.

Coaches Kevin Zygulski, Dick McAllaster, George Gruber and Pete Contos will start the season in mid-October.


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