Summit High hockey team powers past Rampart, 8-1
FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High’s Hawk Wathen scored two goals eight seconds apart on his way to tallying four goals in the Tigers’ 8-1 victory over the Rampart Rams on Wednesday night.
“I didn’t think I’d score more than one goal,” Wathen said afterward.
Wathen’s first goal, which came less than 50 seconds into the first period, broke a 1-1 tie.
“My teammates were giving me a lot of passes right in front of the net,” he said.
Throughout the season so far, Wathen has shown a strong tendency to know how to circle the zone and charge the net right at the perfect time.
Unfortunately, up until Wednesday night, the pucks just weren’t going in.
“It’s been getting to me, but this is boosting my confidence,” he said.
Wathen scored his first goal on a deflection, and on an ensuing faceoff, beat the Rampart goalie again.
He scored the hat trick five minutes later as he intercepted a pass from the Rams goalie and scored into an empty net.
Before Wathen could even celebrate the hat trick, however, Chase Underbrink grabbed the very next faceoff and scored yet again, only five seconds after Wathen’s third goal.
At that point, the score was 5-1, but Wathen wasn’t finished. Six minutes into the third, he struck again to make it 6-1.
The Tigers were playing without captain Jeff Noble, who suffered a bruised knee this week in an accident unrelated to hockey.
The team seemed to show no ill effects without Noble, as head coach Jake Quigley made the necessary adjustments to the lines to compensate.
But with Friday’s game against No. 1-ranked Battle Mountain, the injury could be costly.
“The Battle Mountain game is the one game I would not want to be out for,” Noble said as he supported himself on crutches after Wednesday night’s game.
Quigley said he is looking forward to the game.
“It will be a challenge,” he said.
“We just have to stick to what we’re doing well.”
Cam Carlson opened the scoring two minutes and seven seconds into the game with a shot that just barely trickled past the Rams goalie … Senior Garrett Bjork and Sophomore Mike Hammer both had goals … The game against the Huskies will be held at Battle Mountain High School on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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