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SHS hockey drops a tough one on road to Aspen

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Special to the Daily/Mark Fox Summit High's Michael Zajicek chases down the puck during action against Aspen Wednesday night at Aspen's Lewis Ice Arena. Zajicek scored one of the Tigers' two goals, but the Skiers defeated Summit, 7-2.

ASPEN – The Summit High School hockey team fell behind early and couldn’t respond Wednesday night in Aspen, losing 7-2 to the Skiers.The Tigers came out sluggish, falling behind 4-1 at the end of the first period. Head coach Colin Smith said the blowout score didn’t illustrate what actually happened.”They jumped out to an early lead when a couple of lucky bounces went their way,” Smith said. “The score didn’t reflect the character of the team.”

Michael Zajicek and Chase Underbrink each scored a goal for the Tigers (1-4). Aspen (5-2) was led by Nicky Anastas, who scored a natural hat trick in the first period.”You always want to get off to a strong start against a team like Summit, a good team that will hang around if you let them,” Aspen coach Bryan Ganz said. Trying to find a highlight in the loss, Smith looked to the second period, where the scoring was tied at one a piece.

“Seth Wickham was the highlight in the second,” Smith said of his sophomore goalie. “He wanted to get pulled after the first period, but I had faith in him, kept him in, and he played much better.” After the long holiday break, Summit has three games in the next five days. Smith is excited about getting into the heart of the season. “I think we’re going to play much better these next three games,” Smith said. “The chemistry wasn’t all there tonight, but it’s coming together. I wasn’t upset after the game. I can see there’s something there.”

Summit travels to Bishop Machebeuf on Friday, before hosting Mitchell Saturday at Stephen C. West Ice Arena. Both games are at 3:30 p.m.Pitkin County correspondent Tim Mutrie contributed to this report.

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