Co Summit repeats as A League champions
BRECKENRIDGE – After defeating top-seed Fatty’s in the A League rec hockey playoffs, Breckenridge Outfitters had the potential to become the season’s most unlikely champions. Co Summit reminded them that not every Cinderella story has a happy ending.
The second-seeded Co Summit (7-5) hung on to the A League championship trophy for another year as they defeated Breck Outfitters, 3-1, in the title game Wednesday night.
Co Summit stormed through the second half of the regular season after a 3-4 start to finish in second place in the final league standings.
“We really turned it up at the end,” said Co Summit’s Mike “Boy Canada” Judson.
Both teams got off to a shaky start on Wednesday, notching a total of just seven shots on goal in the first period. Co Summit finally put a point on the board 2:41 into the second as Matt Anton batted in a wide shot by Dan Harvey.
Breck Outfitters tried to put on some offensive pressure, but the team had trouble getting anything past Co Summit goalie Rob Berger, who had nine saves in the second and 19 overall. As a scoreless Outfitters power play ended, an Eric Chapin pass found David Single in front of the net to even the score.
But, true to form, Co Summit turned it up as the minutes wound down.
With three minutes left in the second, Mike O’Laughlin put Co Summit up by one when he took advantage of general chaos in front of the net to slip the puck past a bewildered Breck Outfitters defensive line.
Co Summit widened their lead when Breck Outfitters’ goalie tried to smother a soft shot by Judson. The puck slipped out from under him and landed on O’Laughlin’s stick, and O’Laughlin tapped it inside the post for his second goal of the night.
A frustrated Breck Outfitters team tried to narrow the deficit, but a flawless third period performance by Berger and solid defense by Harvey and Steve Thibeault kept the Outfitters at bay.
The A League championships marked the end of the winter rec hockey season.
Summer leagues will begin play on June 15.
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