Cam’s the man in Summit hockey’s 2-1 win
BRECKENRIDGE – Summit High School junior Cam Carlson had the perfect scoring chance handed to him in Friday night’s 2-1 win over Colorado Academy at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.
When the Mustangs defenseman Zach Gerum placed his glove over the puck in the crease, he broke a pretty blatant rule in hockey and the head referee was there to call it – delay of game, covering the puck. And when somebody other than the goalie does that, it results in a penalty shot.
But after charging in against Mustangs goaltender Sam Fitzpatrick, Carlson took his shot too quickly and it bounced off of Fitzpatrick and sailed wide of the net.
“My head was unclear,” he said. “I was thinking way too much.”
He took it to heart later in the game, though, when the puck came flying through the air and landed right in front of him, three feet in front of the Colorado Academy net.
The opportunity was even better than the penalty shot, and so was the result, as Carlson punched it top-shelf for the game-winner.
“It felt great,” he said. “I saw it coming, brought it in close and put it up in the corner.”
The goal broke a 1-1 tie and the win improves the Tigers to 3-0 in league play in the Class 5A Foothills Conference and 3-5 overall.
“It’s a good way to come off the break,” Tigers head coach Jake Quigley said.
Assistant coach Kevin Carlson said of the game-tying goal by Colorado Academy, “One thing is that nobody got down and nobody panicked. They just got right back out there and got right to it.”
The two teams matched up evenly throughout the match, playing a hard-charging, physical style of hockey.
At times the aggression boiled over, and it resulted in 42 penalty minutes being handed out to the two squads by the referees – along with the penalty shot.
Sophomore Chase Underbrink opened the scoring late in the first when he punched a rebound in under Mustangs’ goaltender Sam Fitzpatrick.
Tigers goaltender freshman Seth Wickham had 21 saves; his only mistake coming when a Tigers passing play broke down in front of the net and Colorado Academy’s Matt Rice was there to capitalize.
Jonathan Walsh, Grant McGahey and Andrew Ehrmann all tallied an assist a piece.
Four Summit High School students skied their way to podium finishes in Aspen on Friday, including Taggert Spenst and Katie Hartman who won their respective races.
Josh Stern and Kirsten Turner each skied to third place finishes as the Tigers won the overall competition, beating out 13 other schools from across the state.
“I’m a little surprised at how well our guys team is skiing,” said head coach Tory Hauser. “They’re kind of exceeding expectations right now. It’s a big deal coming away doing this well.”
According to Hauser, the course proved one of the most challenging of the season.
“It was a uniquely set course,” he said. “It was hard on a lot of athletes.”
Summit High’s Andrew Vawter-Beaird pinned Golden’s Brooke Sauer in a triangle competition against Alameda and Golden on Thursday.
With the victory, Vawter-Beaird’s season record in the 103-pound weight class improves to 10-5 this season.
Teammate Charles Keeling also won his match in the tournament, held at Alameda. Keeling won by decision over Ryan Spracking of Golden in the 130-pound weight class.
Tim Gurule also notched a victory by forfeit when Alameda couldn’t provide him with a competitor in the 140-pound weight class.
Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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