Summit caps season with DNHL title
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With the score knotted at 3-3, Drake Blass stood at center ice. The last Summit skater in the shootout, he was one shot away from securing the Denver North Hockey League title.
After playing 22 games over the last four months, the entire season came down to this one play.
Blass skated in on the Northern Colorado goaltender, deaked to his left and fired a backhand shot over the goalie’s shoulder for the goal, the win and the championship.
The Summit Youth Hockey midget team won the DNHL playoff title Sunday in Denver, capping off a 20-1-1 season.
Summit had to win back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday to take home the trophy.
In the semifinal matchup, Summit faced off with Greeley – the only team to beat Summit during the regular season. Saturday’s game, though, was never in doubt.
Blass and Sean Farley both scored goals early on to give Summit a 2-0 lead.
Then, after Greeley cut the lead in half, Blake Horan put Summit back up by two.
Bobby Ruddle, Zach Dobson and Peter Grotemeyer each added goals in the third period, giving Summit a trip to the championship title after a 6-1 lead.
Wolf Virostek made eight saves in the win.
Sunday’s game matched up the top two seeds in the league – Summit and Northern Colorado.
After giving up two early goals, Hunter Marsh went in to play goal and Summit settled in.
Mitchell Stashick scored to cut the lead in half, with assists coming from Ben Daniels and Ian McCluskie.
After Dobson netted the tying goal, Stashick scored his second goal of the game to give Summit a 3-2 lead.
And with Marsh stopping everything thrown his way – all 19 shots he’d faced at that point – Summit was in control.
Northern Colorado pulled its goalie late in the game in a last-ditch effort to tie the game, and with 8 seconds remaining, a shot from the point hit a player in front, redirected off the goal post, hit the post on the other side and went into the net to tie the game.
Summit regrouped, though, controlling play for the 5-minute overtime. But when neither team managed to score, the game went into a shootout.
After Marsh stuffed the first attempt, Summit’s Evan Streit beat the Northern Colorado goalie for a goal.
Marsh stopped the next three opposing shooters, and everything came down to Blass. If he scored, it was over.
And that’s exactly what he did, finishing off a dominant season in style.
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