Peewee A’s blank Aspen
In the last league game of the season, the Summit Lightning Peewee A team improved to 13-3-1 with a 3-0 victory over Aspen. Playing without regular goalies Philip Contos and Noelle Herrick, Summit needed a big game from emergency goalie Kyle Metzger. Metzger, normally a defenseman, was outstanding in net, providing his first career shutout in his first attempt in goal.
Offensively the Lightning passed the puck well scoring three goals on 25 shots. First-period goals from Evan Streit, assisted by Drake Blass and William Grosshuesch, and Blass, assisted by Dak Dice, gave Summit a quick two-goal lead. A second-period goal from Ian McCluskie, assisted by Dice and Streit, gave Summit a comfortable lead going into the third period.
Rotating three defensive players, Summit got strong backchecking and aggressive play from Dylan Junkermier, George Gruber and Dylan Horan.
Peewee B’s win twice, advance to title game
The Summit Hockey Peewee B team advanced to the Denver North Hockey League (DNHL) championship game after winning two games in the playoffs last weekend in Fort Collins.
On Saturday the second-seeded Peewee B’s played the sixth-seeded Northern Colorado Youth Hockey Peewee B’s. With first-period goals from Jason Looby and Austin Hackett-Klaube, Summit took the lead, only to have NCYH score two of its own goals to tie it up in the second period. In the third period Peter Grotemeyer and Hackett-Klaube matched two NCYH scores; then, with only four seconds left in the hard-fought overtime period, Bobby Ruddle scored a dramatic game-winning goal for Summit.
Sunday morning, against another NCYH peewee team, Looby scored with an assist from Quiad Waldorf in the second period for the game’s only goal. Then forwards Rob Courtney, Curtis Dankof and Max Armstrong, along with defensemen Nolan Rookey and Evan Hobrock-Shroeder, assisted goalie Phillip Contos in an amazing shut out.
The Summit Peewee B’s now face the Hyland Hills peewees on Sunday morning for the DNHL title.
Squirt B’s drop regular-season finale
The Summit Lightening Squirt B’s played their final league game on Sunday and lost to Steamboat 6-4. The Squirts were very slow out of the locker room falling behind 4-0 in the first period. Sean Farley and Peter Grotemeyer scored in the second period, but Steamboat answered with another goal.
Farley and Sam Weston, assisted by Grotemeyer, scored in the third period but it wasn’t enough to catch Steamboat. The Squirts did, however, qualify as the fourth seed for the CDYHL playoffs to be held at Providence on March 10.
The Squirts finished their season with a league record of 9-7-2 and an overall record of 15-15-2, including tournaments.
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