Slow start sinks Summit hockey 5-1 |

Slow start sinks Summit hockey 5-1

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit High hockey team fell behind early Wednesday against Ralston Valley and never recovered, losing 5-1 at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.

The Tigers were outshot 22-6 in the first period, and, really, it didn’t even feel that close.

“Our first two shifts, I thought, were very good,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. “Then we fell asleep, got lackadaisical and played with zero passion for the rest of the first period and most of the second.”

Summit seemed to come out with a spark early, rolling through its first two lines and putting pressure on the Ralston defense. Then, the visiting Mustangs scored on a wrap-around goal just three-and-a-half minutes in, and the Tigers skidded from there.

The loss comes on the heels of a tough 2-1 defeat to Chatfield, a game in which Summit outshot its opponent nearly 2-1.

“It’s really disappointing with how well we played on Saturday to come out and play with very little passion, very little pride,” Ruhly said.

One of the few highlights for the Tigers was midway through the third when senior Dylan Horan split two defenders at the top of the circles and deked to his backhand for a nifty goal – Summit’s lone tally on the night.

Now, Summit is, as Ruhly put it, “on the outside looking in,” as far as the playoffs go. The Tigers sit at No. 9 in the Foothills Conference, and eight teams make the postseason.

With a matchup against Dakota Ridge looming on Saturday, Ruhly didn’t mince any words about the importance of coming out well.

“Saturday’s a must win,” he said.

The game is slated for a 6:10 p.m. start at The Edge Ice Arena in Littleton.

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