Penalty-killed: Tigers lose to Machebeuf on Senior Day
BRECKENRIDGE – Penalties were the difference again for the Summit High School hockey team Saturday against Bishop Machebeuf at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, but this time it was one in particular. Less than a minute after Summit sophomore forward Michael Henthorne tied the game at 2 in the second period, Billy Barto was caught high sticking, resulting in a five-minute stay in the penalty box. During the long power play, Bishop Machbeuf scored twice, then cruised to victory in a physical 6-2 win over the Tigers. “The guy was cross checking me in front of the net,” Barto said. “Usually I’m patient, but I’m sick, my legs hurt, and I don’t have any tolerance right now.” “That five-minute penalty completely took our momentum,” Summit coach Colin Smith said.
The Tigers have struggled all year to stay out of the sin bin, and the players know it.”We’re just always getting penalties,” senior captain Patrick Spainhower said. “And they’re always stupid penalties.”After Machebeuf took a two-goal lead, the game turned more physical. Late in the second period, a brawl broke out and five players, three Tigers and two Buffaloes, were sent to the box. In the third period, Machebeuf added two more goals, forcing the Tigers to fire several shots from long range, hoping for another momentum-changing goal. It never came. “That’s how things happen,” Smith said of the Tigers’ long slap shots. “You have to put the puck on net to score, but we have to get traffic in front of the net to put in the rebounds.”
Along with Henthorne, senior Michael Zajicek also chipped in to the scoring effort, burying a first-period goal. It was Henthorne’s goal that stood out to Smith, though.Early in the second period, Henthorne deftly maneuvered the puck through the Buffalo defense before he scored while falling down in front of the net.Smith called it “one of the nicest goals of the year.”With the playoffs now looming, Barto feels the team can learn from its poor performance. “We need to put this one behind us, but we also need to remember what we did wrong,” Barto said.
The seedings and matchups for next weekend’s playoffs will be announced Monday. Smith isn’t concerned who the Tigers play first. He believes his team can compete with anyone.”Whatever cards are dealt us, we will come out firing,” Smith said. “We’re going to fine tune everything this week.” Late hits: Saturday was Senior Day and the final home game of the season for the Tigers. Seniors Spainhower, Zajicek, Cam Carlson, Kyle Gilchrist and Chris Kuhn were honored with their parents … Carlson missed the game with a separated shoulder and his second concussion of the year. Both injuries happened on the same hit in Friday night’s win against Pueblo … Carlson’s father, and Summit assistant coach Kevin Carlson, also suffered an injury during the game. Early in the third period, Tiger forward Jonathan Walsh tossed a broken stick at the bench. The blade of the stick hit the coach in the forehead, drawing blood and causing Carlson to miss some of the period … Sophomore defenseman Jimmy Keeling was awarded the David Olbright Award between the first and second periods of Saturday’s game. The award goes to a player that displays good sportsmanship on and off the ice … If Summit wins its first game of the playoffs, it will set a record for most wins in a season by a Tigers hockey team. The inaugural 2000-2001 team finished that year with six wins. Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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