Squirt B’s a goal short in state final
A week after winning the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League championship, the Summit Squirt B team finished as the runner-up at the Colorado Amateur Hockey Associations State tournament, which matched up the top four Squirt B teams in the state.The single elimination tournament started on Saturday, when second-seeded Summit took on the third-seeded Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Associations team. Last week’s hero Drake Blass opened the scoring with an unassisted goal, and Mac Pitts added another score for Summit off an assist from Peter Grotemeyer. The CSAHA group tied it at 2, and Summit’s Pitts scored the game-winner off a quick pass from Blass in the second overtime, to the deafening cheers of a packed house of Summit fans. As usual, goalie Ricky McAllaster was stellar in net.The dramatic win sent Summit to the state final on Sunday morning, against the top-seeded Hyland Hills Jaguars from Westiminster. Hyland Hills took a 2-0 lead with a goal in each of the first two periods. Summit came out fighting in the third with a barrage of shots by forwards Curtis Dankof, Sean Farley, Reed Gregory, Austin Hackett-Klaube and Grotemeyer. Finally Riley Hillis scored an unstoppable goal off a beautiful pass from Blass. As the clock wound down defensemen George Gruber, Evan Streit and Pitts played flawlessly, and with less than a minute remaining, Summit pulled its goalie, McAllaster, to add an extra man in hopes of forcing overtime. Yet despite Summit’s 23-13 shots on goal advantage, the Lightning lost 2-1.In true hockey champion fashion, the Summit Squirt B players are enjoying their individual days with the CDYHL Cup before they pass it on to another teammate. The team is also looking forward to proudly displaying its well-deserved CDYHL champion and CAHA runner-up banners over the ice at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.Summit skiers shine at J4 Junior OlympicsSeveral Summit County skiers went to Winter Park March 17-19 to race in the J4 alpine Junior Olympics. Team Summit skier Ryan Messett had the most success, placing third in the boys super-G, finishing the course in 57.49 seconds. Messett also took fifth and sixth in two giant slalom events, and 14th and 18th in a pair of slaloms. Other top-20 finishers from Summit included Team Summit’s Kegan Zorens who placed 12th in a slalom and a GS; Quantum Sports Club’s Daelon Moulton, who placed 15th in both boys GS races; Team Summit’s Conor McDonald, who finished 10th in the super-G and 17th in a GS; and Quantum’s Leah Canfield, who was 14th and 20th in the two GS races.PeeWee B’s wrap up season at Spring FlingThe Summit Lightning PeeWee B Hockey team ended its season on a high note by taking third place in the annual Spring Fling tournament held last weekend at the Sun Microsystems Ice Center in Westminster. The squad’s only loss came in its first game against a determined Hyland Hills team. Defenseman J.P. Schoeffield and center Ian McCluskie scored goals in the 3-2 loss. George Lowery added an assist.Summit’s kids dominated their second game with a decisive 4-1 win over the HHHA Jaguars. Center Calvin Taylor and defenseman Bobby Ruddle each scored twice in the game, with Ruddle and Schoeffield tallying an assist apiece.The third game, against a strong Arvada team, was a defensive battle. The game remained scoreless until Taylor provided an unassisted, rocket goal midway through the second period. Ruddle scored an empty-netter for his second straight game to secure the 2-0 win. Goalie Phillip Contos was a wall in net en route to the shutout. Summit squeaked past a second Hyland Hills team in its final game, winning 2-1. Winger Paul McSparin slapped in a goal off a perfect pass from Lowery, and McCluskie scored the game-winner in the third period off of an assist from defenseman Andrew Richardson.Danny Cook, Rob Courtney and Jason Looby also played excellent hockey and proved to be valuable in the Summit Lightning Peewee B’s tournament success.
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