Summit High hockey tops Standley Lake
Slow starts had been a problem for the Summit High hockey team early this season, but it wasn’t an issue Friday night as the Tigers jumped to a 2-0 lead and held on to win 4-3 on the road against Standley Lake. The win was the team’s second in a row, bumping them to 2-3 on the season, 1-1 in-conference.
“We came out fast,” head coach Bobby Dore said, impressed by his boys’ start. “Four minutes in, we’re up two to nothing.”
Just 26 seconds into the first period, Summit’s George Kamins scored the Tigers’ opening goal, shortly followed by Ben Schoeffield with another at the 2:14 mark.
With the 2-0 lead, however, the Tigers eased off on their offensive.
“We got a little complacent,” senior forward Sam Herwig said. “We need to work on playing all 51 minutes.”
Standley Lake came roaring back with back-to-back goals by the Gators’ Nick McCarron, the second coming on a power play late in the first period.
“They came close to giving it away,” Dore said of the lapse. “The kids thought they’d won the game and then, bam, tied 2-2.”
Early in the second the Gators went up 3-2 after a Zack Nameh goal, but the Tigers turned on the offense once again with a quick counter by Parker Rothey to even the score.
Senior Luke Egging’s power play goal late in the second put the Tigers up for good.
Led by a strong defensive effort by Tiger goalie Wyatt Dickerson, Summit held the Gators scoring in check in the final period.
“We all played together well as a team,” Dickerson said of the Tigers’ third-period effort. “Everybody was helping each other out.”
The Tigers will resume their season after winter break with a game at Columbine High School Saturday, Jan. 3.
The team will then face their next big test at home Monday, Jan. 5, against league power Ralston Valley who will bring a 33-game winstreak to the Tigers’ home ice.
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