Summit High School: Hockey wins season finale 5-1
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Summit County, Co Colorado
In its final game of the regular season, the Summit High hockey team came out firing on all cylinders. The Tigers scored four unanswered, first-period goals and cruised to a decisive 5-1 win against Peak to Peak at Superior Ice Arena, Friday.
“It was a very good way to end the regular season,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said afterward. “We just came out flying in the first period, doing all the things that we’ve been talking about all year.”
The win give Summit a school-record 15 victories on the season, as the playoffs still loom ahead.
Junior forward Jon Gutierrez got the Tigers started with a goal early in the first period. His older brother Alex Gutierrez, as well as Shamus O’Neill, assisted on the tally.
Then senior Max O’Neill netted the Tigers’ second goal of the game off a pass from Kyle Johnson.
As the opening period wound down, Summit struck twice more, with Alex Gutierrez and sophomore Kyle Metzger picking up late goals only 20 seconds apart.
“I was very happy with our effort in the first period, tonight,” Ruhly said.
After Peak to Peak closed the gap to 4-1 in the second period, Shamus O’Neill netted a poweplay goal ” assisted by Alex Gutierrez and Kyle Johnson ” to cap off the scoring.
“We’re very excited about the way the season ended up,” said Ruhly, who is in his first season as the Tigers’ head coach, “but we start all over come playoff time.”
Summit (15-3) finds out when and where it plays to open the playoffs on Sunday. The Tigers’ first game will likely be Feb. 21.
“From here on out it’s a Game 7 mentality,” Ruhly said. “Everybody’s looking for the same pride, the same agenda we are, and that’s playing in that final game.”
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@
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