Hot goalie and natural hat trick doom SHS hockey at home
BRECKENRIDGE – Consistency continues to haunt the Summit High School hockey team.After holding Liberty scoreless for the first two periods Friday night, the Tiger defense collapsed, allowing Lancers forward Alex Kephart to score a natural hat trick in the third period, and Liberty beat Summit 3-1.
“We shouldn’t have lost,” Summit coach Colin Smith said. “This one hurt. The team is completely devastated.”Liberty showed up late to the game, causing a slight delay. On the other hand, the Tigers (3-7) were there in time, but never seemed to show up. Summit captain Cam Carlson thought the last week of school could have been a reason for the lack of focus.”It’s been finals all week, and we didn’t have everyone at practice at the same time once,” Carlson said. “None of these kids were ready.”Smith said the team simply got beat by a goalie in his finest hour. Kirk Kirkhuff saved 24 of the 25 Summit shots on goal.
“We ran into a hot goalie,” Smith said. “Goalies are going to steal games from you sometimes.”Summit junior goalie Seth Wickham disagreed with his coach and his captain.”We looked like we didn’t care,” Wickham said. “I don’t care if their goalie was hot. We should’ve won.”
Summit broke the scoreless tie on a power play in the second period when Chase Underbrink pushed in an errant Billy Barto slap shot. Wickham kept the Lancers scoreless through the first two periods, saving 18 shots. The Tigers had 1-0 lead heading into the third period, but it was anything but safe. Within two and a half minutes of the final period, Kephart got behind the Summit defense twice and easily put the puck past Wickham both times to take a 2-1 lead. It was all the Lancers needed, but Kephart scored again just three minutes later to get the natural hat trick.”I talked to coaches that had played (Summit), and they all said they were a really good hockey team, but they have had trouble finishing,” Liberty head coach Walt Aufderheide said. “Luckily they had trouble finishing tonight.”Summit hopes to turn it around today at 3:30 against Palmer at the Stephen C. West Ice arena.
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