CoSummit’s "A’ League hockey team is already praying for spring |

CoSummit’s "A’ League hockey team is already praying for spring

Eric Fagan/Special to the Daily
Matt O'Laughlin, 15, faces off with a player on Fatty's during an A league game at Stephen C. West Ice Arena Tuesday night.

BRECKENRIDGE – Hockey players are not immune to the gusts of exhilaration caused by winter, although a few are looking forward to warmer days.

The CoSummit side of Breckenridge’s “A” League confessed such a yearning after suffering a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of league leaders Fatty’s on Monday night at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.

“We’re like a tulip that blossoms in the spring,” joked Justin Schlosberg, on his team’s status as titleholders for the past three Spring seasons despite holding a winless record for the current season.

The men of CoSummit are certainly taking this season lightly, having only managed to score 15 goals in 11 outings, while allowing 46 to fill the netting behind keeper Rob Berger.

Such results keep the CoSummit side looking to the New Year for any ounce of success

Fatty’s, on the other hand, is moving forward and looking to the much nearer future.

“Playoffs start a week from tonight and the championship game is in two weeks,” cited a hopeful Bub Palmer.

Fatty’s shared the lead with Eric’s/Molson coming into this week’s fixtures.

“Copper (Mountain) is the top skating team right now,” Palmer added.

Fatty’s (7-3-1) has beaten Eric’s in all three meetings so far this season, yet Fatty’s has had trouble against the Copper side, losing twice and only managing a single tie so far.

CoSummit seemed poised to add another lone point to their charts during the first half of the game as they played tough defense early.

While Fatty’s was able to penetrate the CoSummit zone with speed and puck-handling in the first few minutes, its shots were often off the mark and no threat to Berger’s goal. He was called on to make a mere three saves off eight shots in the first period.

By night’s end however, he would face a total of 30 shots.

Fatty’s earned a power play opportunity when a CoSummit player was sent off for hooking in the opening minute of the second period.

The ordeal heightened the CoSummit resolve and they put more shots onto Pochman’s goal while being short-handed. Jon Junkermeier stifled a Jake Quigley effort in the CoSummit end, carried the puck down ice and put a firm shot onto Pochman’s glove.

Martin Kennedy followed suit with an end-to-end skate that also finished with a challenge to Pochman’s goal.

Goalies have been rotating in and out of the Fatty’s lineup all season long. Fatty’s has used “every goalie in this league” according to Palmer, who declined to say on-record what became of their regular keeper.

Palmer collected two goals on the night.

The first was an arrow to the top shelf that flew past Berger’s glove and gave Fatty’s a 2-0 lead at 4:20 in the second period.

His effort at 5:10 in the closing period squashed any hopes for a CoSummit comeback. J.T. Mueller skated into the corner and picked out Palmer all alone in front.

Pochman was impressive in goal, stopping 18 shots to record the shutout.

Despite being the only team that does not qualify to play in the league playoffs next week, CoSummit is not deterred. Schlosberg joked in the dressing room after the latest loss: “We’re better looking (than the other teams) and we’ve always got the spring.”

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