SHS Tigers top Machebeuf 6-1 |

SHS Tigers top Machebeuf 6-1

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After more than a month without a game, it didn’t take long for the Summit High hockey team to shake off its rust.

Senior Shamus O’Neill recorded three points, and the Tigers overcame a devastating injury to one of their seniors to win 6-2 Saturday against Machebeuf in Denver.

“We definitely started the New Year off on the right foot,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. ” … I wasn’t sure how we’d respond to that long layoff, but we did what we needed to do.”

In the win, though, Summit also was handed a big loss.

After O’Neill gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead with his first-period goal, tragedy struck. Entangled with a Machebeuf player, Summit senior George Lowrey had his wrist lacerated by a skate. Play was stopped with 7 minutes left in the period, while medical staff helped Lowrey, who was later taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The senior, Ruhly said, was expected to have surgery to repair the damage.

Somehow, the Tigers were able to regroup.

“Losing a senior and a player like that to severe accident like that was certainly a shock to the team,” Ruhly said. ” … I think our guys rallied around it, though.”

Junior Dylan Horan then scored in an extended second period. (The final 7 minutes of the first were carried over to the second after Lowrey’s injury.)

O’Neill then set up junior defenseman Kyle Metzger for a goal off a faceoff win.

Freshman Sean Farley then scored a goal on a breakaway, and then senior Sam Dudick set up Horan for his second goal of the night a little later.

After O’Neill added his second goal of the game, the Tigers finished with the four-goal win.

“We had some guys out of the game, and everyone needed to step up,” Ruhly said. “Everyone’s been contributing and getting ice time for us.”

Junior goalie Andrew Dunlap backstopped the Summit win with 18 saves.

The Tigers (3-1-1) are back on the ice Friday at 7 p.m. when they take on Heritage at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.

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