Scoring outburst lifts Summit hockey
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BRECKENRIDGE – Summit’s Dylan Horan cut hard to the backside of the net right as teammate Dylan Junkermeier saucered a pass through traffic from the far wing. The puck skidded across the ice, hit the outstretched pad of the goaltender, hopped into the air and hit Horan square in the shin – before redirecting into the back of the net.
It was Horan’s third goal of the third period, the Tigers’ seventh, and it was a fitting finish to Summit’s 7-2 win over Peak to Peak Friday night at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.
“I was just going to the net hard and got a lucky bounce, I guess,” Horan said after the game.
“Lucky” would certainly not have been the word to describe the Tigers’ night, though. Bizarre, strange, confusing – any of those would fit a little better.
Summit dominated play throughout the game, outshooting Peak to Peak 28-8 after two periods. But the Tigers were losing 2-0 off two second-period powerplay goals by the Pumas’ Jake Christofferson.
Summit couldn’t find the back of the net. Despite a sizable advantage in shots, the Tigers simply weren’t getting quality chances, often settling for outside shots with no one crashing the net.
“First two periods were absolutely terrible and just passionless hockey,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. “They thought they could come in here, playing a weaker team … and just win easily.”
Then, Summit got its spark from junior forward Drake Blass.
Shorthanded, the speedy Blass picked off an errant Puma pass in the neutral zone, beat a defender and went in alone on the goalie, burying a quick deke to the shortside.
On the same penalty kill, Horan scored just 29 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2.
And before the Pumas even realized what hit them, the Tigers pushed the lead to 4-2, scoring all four goals in a span of 3 minutes and 51 seconds.
“Drake got us started,” Horan said. “I feel like he’s done that a few times this year.”
Blass finished the night with two goals, Horan with three and an assist.
Seniors Ian McCluskie and Dak Dice also scored for Summit on the team’s senior night.
“Our seniors stepped up when they needed to,” Ruhly said. “Dylan Horan had three goals – fantastic night. Ian McCluskie gets a goal, Dak Dice gets a goal. The seniors stepped up.”
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers, though. With just four games remaining, Summit is in an almost must-win situation each time it steps on the ice the rest of the season in order to make the playoffs.
“We talked to them after the game and told them they have to play a full 51 minutes,” Ruhly said. “If we just play 17 minutes each night, we’re not going to get it done.
“We have three very, very tough games coming up, and we have to play three periods to get those wins.”
The Tigers (9-7, 4-5) travel to No. 4 Standley Lake today, and they hope to carry the momentum over.
“We better. We have a huge game, and hopefully we figure it out in the first (period) rather than the third and hopefully we win it,” Horan said.
Today’s game is slated for 5 p.m.
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