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SHS Hockey: Summit’s season ends with loss

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

The Summit High hockey team’s season came to an end Friday night, as the Tigers lost 1-0 to Steamboat Springs in the first round of the state playoffs at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail.

Steamboat scored an early, first-period goal, and the Tigers couldn’t find an equalizer despite outshooting the Sailors 31-19 on the night.

“Very disappointing, very sad, very emotional,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said of the loss. “We dominated them the whole game, I feel, but couldn’t get any shots to go in (the net).”

Junior goalie Andrew Dunlap made 18 saves for the Tigers in the loss.

After an up-and-down regular season, Summit came into the game as the No. 12 seed in the 16-team field and looked to be a dark-horse pick for the Frozen Four.

Then, the Tigers’ freewheeling offense went dry against the Sailors.

After Steamboat’s early tally, Ruhly said his team controlled the play for the rest of the game.

Summit did get a shot into the back of the net midway through the third, but the goal was disallowed as the linesman said the net was previously dislodged.

For Ruhly, the loss was hard to take keeping in mind his senior class.

“Those guys have been through a lot of ups and downs in a Tiger uniform, and without them on the team, this season would have been a totally different story,” the coach said.

The Tigers finished the season with a solid 12-6-2 record that included a thrilling upset win over Ralston Valley.

Led in scoring by seniors Shamus O’Neill, Sam Dudick and Jon Gutierrez, Summit scored four or more goals in 11 of it 19 games this season.

Even though they couldn’t find that scoring touch Friday, Ruhly said his team had a great year.

“I’m extremely proud of every one of them,” he said. ” … and the support of everyone – the administration, our fans and the community – helped a ton for us.”

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily.com.


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