Streit helps Summit hockey team snap losing streak
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Losers of three straight, the Summit High hockey team huddled in the locker room, trailing 5-2 entering the third period.
The Tigers hadn’t won since Jan. 5, and it was looking like another one – a winnable one at Pueblo County – was going to slip away Friday night.
They were struggling, they were reeling, just waiting for something, anything, to turn their season around.
Well, losing streak, meet Evan Streit.
Shorthanded early in the third, the junior forward gave Summit its spark. Already having scored the Tigers’ only two goals, the speedy Streit streaked in all alone on the Pueblo goalie and buried the breakaway goal igniting a Tiger tear that would lead to four unanswered goals, one more by Streit, and a dramatic 6-5 win.
“That’s what we’ve been looking for – to have that type of intensity, that type of passion, that type of Tiger pride,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. “We finally found it.”
And Streit helped give it to them. The junior finished the night with a career-high four goals and an assist.
“He definitely put the team on his back and the rest of them followed,” Ruhly said. “Just a fantastic night by him.”
Despite the early struggles, Summit still outshot Pueblo 29-23, mostly due to the terrific third-period effort.
After Streit scored back-to-back goals to get Summit going, senior Bark Marshall tied the game at 5-5.
Then, as the Tigers fully grasped the momentum, sophomore Peter Grotemeyer deked out the Pueblo netminder on a breakaway for the winning goal. Senior Dak Dice set up the play with a nice outlet pass.
“I was very, very happy with the game and how we battled back,” Ruhly said.
The night before, while hosting Mullen, it was the opposite. The Tigers held a 3-1 leading entering the third before giving up four straight goals to lose 5-3.
While the Tigers struggled again early – “A little bit of left over from (Thursday night),” Ruhly said – this time they turned it around.
“That’s the type of effort we’ve needed all season, and we finally got it,” Ruhly said.
The Tigers (6-4, 3-3) are back in action Jan. 21, when they play host to Coronado High School at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge at 5:15 p.m.
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