PeeWee Cs sweep through league championships
BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit Youth Hockey PeeWee Cs never lost a game on their way to winning the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League Championships last weekend at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.
Teams from Steamboat Springs, Gunnison, Glenwood Springs, Oak Creek, Durango, Vernal, Kremmling and Craig participated in the double-elimination tournament.
Summit entered the tournament in second place behind Craig, which, like Summit, was undefeated for the season and had a first-round bye.
Saturday morning against Durango, Summit’s John Gutierrez led the team with the first goal, assisted by J.P. Schoefield.
In the second period, Travis Abrahamson reached the net with an assist from George Lowrey. Sonny Magrino found the net twice, once unassisted and one off an assist from Peter Secor.
Durango tried to rally in the third period with two goals, but Summit moved to the next bracket with a 4-2 victory.
Saturday afternoon, Summit met Gunnison and, thanks to goalie Andrew Richardson’s seven saves and shutout, Summit continued to advance.
Gutierrez made the first goal in the third period with an assist from Abrahamson and Alex Weston.
Lowrey followed with another goal, assisted by Calvin Taylor.
Zach Dobson topped off the 3-0 win with the final goal.
On Sunday morning, Summit met Craig for the first time this season.
Craig jumped out with a 1-0 lead, which was equalized when Secor tied the game quickly with an unassisted goal.
Summit then snagged the lead when Dobson found the net with a quick assist from Gutierrez.
In the second, Weston added insurance with an unassisted goal.
Secor added the final tally and was assisted by Taylor.
Craig tried to rally with a third-period goal but Summit finished with a 4-2 win.
Later on Sunday, Summit met Craig in the championship game after Craig won its next game against Glenwood Springs.
Craig again came out with the first goal, which was answered by Abrahamson, assisted by Guttierez.
Craig once again went up by one with a goal but, before the period finished, Summit’s Secor tied it at 2-2.
After Abrahamson found the net in the third period with a nice feed by Calvin Taylor, Summit held the 3-2 lead until the end of the game.
Defense was played by Sam Dickstein, Alex Weston, Garret Spenst, and Shoefield.
The PeeWees are coached by Dave Perisho and Mike Ahlman.
Squirt Bs finish great season
After a great season of hockey, the Summit Lightning Youth Hockey Squirt B Team entered the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League playoffs, held in Windsor, as the third seed.
In the first game of the playoffs, the Squirts faced second seed and rival Pueblo Panthers.
As in the previous game against the Pueblo squad, the Summit Lightning was tied after regulation play.
Summit took a first-period lead with a goal by Dylan Horan, assisted by Dak Dice.
Summit was held scoreless in the second period, but Pueblo found the net twice to take a 2-1 lead going into the third.
Dice scored late in the third period off of an assist from Dylan Junkermeier to send the game to overtime, which ended with the teams still tied.
Following overtime, the game went into a 5-on-5 shootout.
Goalie Phillip Contos was tough in net stopping all but two of Pueblo’s shots, but Summit was unable to score and lost, 4-2.
In the second game of the playoffs, the Lightning faced off against the fourth-seeded Steamboat squad.
Although Summit fell behind 2-0 after the first period, the crew came back with a vengeance in the second and third periods by scoring seven goals to win by a final score of 7-3.
Scorers included Justin Gregory (unassisted), followed by goals by Bobby Ruddle (assisted by Ian McCluskie, and Horan (assisted by Dice), Dice (assisted by Horan), Mark Nowakiwsky (assisted by Justin Gregory).
The Summit Lightning Squirt B Hockey Team’s final playoff game came against another league nemesis, the Foothills Flyers, who ended Summit’s playoff run with a 7-1 victory.
The Squirts fell behind early and were not able to get back in the game, but thanks to a tremendous breakaway goal by Cullen Moran, Summit was not shut out.
The Summit Lightning Squirt B Team had an extremely successful season, finishing third in its league.
The Squirts also won the Kingdom Kup in Breckenridge, placed second in the Fall Face Off Tournament in Aspen, and played well in both the Colorado Cup Tournament in Colorado Springs and the President’s Day Tournament in Littleton.
The Squirts successful season came from outstanding play from forwards Dice, Gregory, Billy Grosshuesch, Horan, Junkermeier, McCluskie, Paul McSparin, Moran and Ruddle.
Summit’s defense was led by Drake Blass, George Gruber, Nowakiwsky, Mac Pitts and Evan Streit. Summit’s mighty goaltending came from Contos and Ricky McAllaster.
Head coach for the Summit Lightning Squirt Bs was Kevin Zygulski, with assistance from coaches George Gruber, Dick McAllaster and Pete Contos, and team managers Bob Blass, Kirk Dice and Julie McCluskie.
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