Farley’s big night leads to 6-1 Tiger win
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Summit County, Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE – Normally, a freshman getting his first-ever varsity goal is a memorable thing. But when the same player scores twice more on the night to give himself his first-ever hat trick, that first goal gets overshadowed a bit.
“On my first two goals, I got really good passes and almost an empty net to score,” Tiger rookie Sean Farley said. “The third one, I had a few chances and couldn’t score. I didn’t even think I had scored it at all, until Dak (Dice) came around the net to celebrate.”
Farley’s three goals helped pace the Summit High hockey team to a 6-1 win against Peak to Peak Wednesday at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.
“Top to bottom it was a great effort by everybody,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. “The leaders stepped up when they needed to and the underclassmen stepped up when they needed to.”
The Tigers dominated play from start to finish, outshooting Peak to Peak 36-19 on the night.
Aside from Farley’s big game, Tiger seniors Jon Gutierrez and Shamus O’Neill each had three points of their own.
And it was their line, combined with their center Dice, that got Summit rolling early.
After a Peak to Peak player received a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind the Tigers went on the powerplay. Gutierrez, set up behind the opponent’s net, feathered a pass through traffic to find Farley in the slot. The freshmen then slipped the puck into the far corner for the 1-0 lead.
On a similar play later in the period, it was Gutierrez again setting up shop along the end boards, this time finding O’Neill for the goal.
“Whenever O’Neill and Gutierrez and Dice and (senior Sam) Dudick are out there, they need to dominate,” Ruhly said of his veteran players. “Being our top line and the leaders of this team, they need to go out there and do what they did tonight.”
The Tigers went on to score twice in second period. The first came on a nice give-and-go play with junior J.P. Schoeffield feeding Dudick in front of the net for a score. Then later in the period, sophomore Drake Blass shelved a shot from the top of the circles after fellow sophomore Evan Streit won a face off.
Play got a little chippy in the third period, with both teams taking some unnecessary penalties. But in the midst of closing out the win, Farley netted two more goals, the last of which came on a behind-the-net feed from Dice with only 4 seconds remaining.
Ruhly couldn’t have been more pleased with the play of his freshman.
“Sean Farley – that was a heck of a hockey game for a freshman,” the coach said. “It was definitely an exciting moment for him and his team.”
Junior Andrew Dunlap put up 18 saves in getting the win between the pipes for the Tigers.
After finishing off the King of the Mountain Tournament with a 1-1-1 record last weekend, Ruhly was happy to see his team come out and get a well-deserved win.
“It was nice to see the way they came out,” he said. “After the weekend we had, they came out really strong.”
The Tigers (2-1-1) now have a long layoff before getting back in action on Jan. 9 in Denver.
Even though Farley and the rest of his team will have plenty of time to savor Wednesday’s win, the freshman said the Tigers won’t forget about the long road ahead.
“We’re hoping for a lot more wins and going to the Frozen Four,” he said.
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