SHS hockey rebounds with OT win over Pueblo
BRECKENRIDGE – It’s not often a player gets a chance to redeem himself after being forced to miss the final period.Sophomore Michael Henthorne – who sat out the whole third period due to a second-period penalty – scored the game-winning goal with 2:32 left in overtime, giving the Summit High School hockey team a rousing 3-2 victory over visiting Pueblo at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena on Friday.Henthorne drew a 10-minute penalty at the end of the second period for checking in the back. He missed the first 10 minutes of the third, then got the bad news from Summit coach Colin Smith that he’d have to sit out the rest of the period, which would normally be the rest of the game. Meanwhile, Summit was trying to hold on to a precarious 2-1 lead with eight Tiger players spending time in the box during the final period. Pueblo made Summit pay for its mistakes, tying the game on a five-on-three goal with just 12 seconds left in regulation.
The overtime gave Henthorne a chance to make up for lost time. Late in the eight-minute sudden death period, Henthorne took the puck into the Hornets’ zone, drew their defense to him, then dumped it back to junior forward Jon Walsh. Walsh took a shot, but the puck ricocheted off of Henthorne’s back and went over his head, as well as that of Andrew Carlson, the confused Pueblo goalie, and fell into the net to give Summit a much-needed win. For Henthorne, it was just the contribution he was looking to make.”I was sitting there furious for the whole third period,” Henthorne said. “I just threw all that anger out on the ice in overtime.” Henthorne and Walsh almost didn’t get an opportunity to win the game when they did. A minute earlier, Pueblo was threatening in Summit’s zone, and Tiger goalie Seth Wickham fell down, leaving his net wide open. But before the Hornets had a chance to end the game, sophomore Tyler Swirka dislodged the goal, causing the ref to blow his whistle and award Pueblo a penalty shot. As Hornet forward Greg Ragulski approached for the one-on-one showdown, Wickham sprawled out on the ice once again, stuffing Ragulski and keeping Tigers’ hopes alive.”We got stupid penalties down the stretch, but Seth was awesome,” SHS freshman Scott Noble said. Smith was happy to get the victory, but believes the Tigers will have to improve to advance in next weekend’s playoffs.
“We were lucky to win,” Smith said. “It was another penalty-infested game, and that’s not gonna get it done when it matters.”Noble got the scoring started less than two minutes into the game. On a break, Noble took the puck straight at Carlson, and slapped it in the back of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.With 8:02 left in the first period, Walsh fired a slap shot that Carlson gloved, but couldn’t hold on to, allowing SHS to take an early 2-0 lead. Noble and Walsh have been key contributors over the course of the season, along with several of the other underclassmen.”If I gave out a game puck, Noble would have gotten it,” Smith said. “He played a ridiculous game.”
With inconsistency a problem all season, Noble hopes the Tigers will be able to feed off this win.”We need to carry the momentum over from this overtime and take it with us all the way to the playoffs,” Noble said. Late hits: The Tigers sported new uniforms Friday night against Pueblo. Summit plays Bishop Machebeuf today at 3:15 at the Steve. The playoffs start Friday. The schedule will be announced Monday.Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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