Summit High hockey sunk in second round |

Summit High hockey sunk in second round

The Summit High hockey team played Saturday as it had all season in its second-round playoff matchup with No. 2 Chatfield.

“They didn’t quit, they kept fighting, and I’m proud of the way they played,” head coach Chris Ruhly said.

Unfortunately, that still added up to a 6-4 loss at The Edge Ice Arena in Littleton, ending the Tigers’ season one win shy of a Frozen Four appearance.

Summit led 3-1 midway through the game but gave up four third-period goals in a heart-breaking loss to a conference rival.

“They came out in the third period and put it to us,” Ruhly said.

Chatfield made a goalie change before the final period, and as Ruhly put it, the “kid stood on his head” in thwarting the Tigers’ offense.

Chatfield nipped the Tigers 2-1 earlier in the season, while Summit was in the midst of a seven-game slump.

Saturday, the Tigers looked poised to reverse that score.

Junior Evan Streit tied the game at 1-1 in the first, and Summit had its first lead of the night moments later when sophomore Sean Farley buried a shorthanded opportunity.

The Tigers had a 21-7 edge in shots in the opening period, and when Streit scored again early in the second, Summit had a commanding lead.

Then, Chatfield went off.

One of the tournament favorites, Chatfield scored three goals to take the lead, before adding an empty netter in the waning moments.

Junior Drake Blass scored Summit’s fourth goal.

“I’m very proud of everyone, especially the seniors,” Ruhly said. “I’m very proud of the season we had, and … I’d like to thank everyone who supported us this year – the school administration, the community, the students, everyone.”

The Tigers finished the season in a position many outside their locker room might not have envisioned for them – the second round of the playoffs. The tight-knit group had little in terms of returning star power entering the season but demonstrated – as Ruhly often pointed out — how playing as a unit outweighs the talent of individuals.

Summit won six of its last nine games this winter, including the postseason, and finished 13-8.

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