Offense heats up in Summit hockey team’s 8-3 win
BRECKENRIDGE – Sometimes scores can be deceiving and stats, well, they can straight up lie.
The Summit High hockey team was outshot 28-22 at home Friday night, while falling shorthanded six times.
But the Tigers won easily, 8-3, over Coronado High School.
“Overall, not disappointed with the win,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. “I thought the effort could’ve been a little better over three periods, but I’m happy to get back on track.”
It was the Tigers’ second straight win and first decisive victory in more than a month. It could’ve also been the team’s strangest.
The Tigers (7-4, 3-3) dominated play throughout the game, cycling well in the offensive zone and controlling the neutral zone effectively. They only mustered 22 shots, though, which, oddly enough, wound up being more than enough.
Summit chased two different Coronado goaltenders out of the game after scoring on nearly half the shots it took.
“Obviously, we needed to get our scoring punch back and get a couple guys going,” Ruhly said. “That happened today. It’s something that should’ve been happening all season – crashing the net, getting rebounds, getting pucks to the net.”
Senior Dak Dice led the Tigers with a goal and three assists in the game, and senior J.P. Schoeffield and junior Drake Blass each scored twice.
If not for Summit’s slew of penalties, the game would’ve felt a lot more like the blowout the scoreboard indicated it was. The majority of Coronado’s scoring chances and shots came on the man advantage, including two of the three goals.
“Again, the penalties are something that have hurt us all year,” Ruhly said. “They need to stop. Period.”
Fortunately, the Summit offense more than made up for it.
Blass got the Tigers on the board in the first period when he chased down a long clearing pass off a defensive zone faceoff. He caught up to the puck just in front of the Coronado crease and backhanded the puck over the goaltender’s pads with 6:48 left in the period.
Schoeffield scored his first goal off a shot from the point that redirected off a pair of opposing players and found its way into the back of the net.
And when sophomore Peter Grotemeyer buried a shot from the slot – off a pretty feed from Dice – the Tigers led 3-1 going into the first intermission.
The Tigers scored three more times in the second – from Schoeffield, Kyle Metzger and Evan Streit – and added two more tallies in the third from Dice and Blass.
Senior Andrew Dunlap and sophomore Hunter Marsh split time in goal. Dunlap made 15 saves on
16 shots, and Marsh stopped 10.
While Ruhly was fairly indifferent about his team’s performance, the Tiger coach said his team certainly needs a better effort in tonight’s matchup with top-ranked Chatfield.
“We need to become better, and we need to become better right now,” he said. “Chatfield’s the top team in the state and averaging about seven goals a game. If we make mistakes, the mental mistakes we’ve been making, it’ll be a long night.”
The game is slated for a 6:10 p.m. start at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton.
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