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Summit hockey gets must-win against Peak-to-Peak

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

Reeling from back-to-back losses Thursday and Friday, the Summit High hockey team went into Saturday’s game needing a win not only for the squad’s confidence but also to keep its playoff hopes alive.

And as head coach Chris Ruhly put it, the Tigers got exactly what they needed.

Shamus O’Neill and Blake Horan each scored three goals, leading Summit to a 10-1 win over Peak-to-Peak in Boulder.

“The guys came out and got it going early,” Ruhly said. “We jumped out to a big lead and went from there.”

Although the home team was dressing only 12 players for the game, it’s unlikely that Peak-to-Peak being undermanned was a contributor in the loss. After all, Summit scored six goals before the game was 15 minutes old.

Sophomore Billy Grosshuesch netted the Tigers’ first goal, and senior Michael Daniels scored his first career varsity goal moments later.

Then O’Neill scored three of the team’s next four goals, with linemate Jon Gutierrez netting the other before the first period ended.

The Tigers went into the first intermission with a commanding 6-1 lead, and Ruhly used the rest of the game to rest his upperclassmen and get some younger players more ice time.

Taking advantage of the opportunity, Horan scored his first varsity goal toward the end of the second period. The freshman then added two more goals in the third for his first-ever varsity hat trick.

Senior defenseman Sonny Magrino also scored.

“We got pucks to the net and kept them off the scoreboard,” Ruhly said. “It was important to get that win and get to rest some of the guys. They needed it after the last few nights.”

Junior goalie Andrew Dunlap played the first two periods for Summit, before freshman Hunter Marsh came in for the final period.

The win helped to end a two-game skid for Summit after a heart-breaking last-minute loss to Standley Lake on Thursday and a flat performance against Monarch Friday.

Against Monarch, the Tigers staked their opponent to a 2-0 lead after the first period and couldn’t respond.

Sophomore Drake Blass and Gutierrez would both score on the night, but Summit settled for the 4-2 loss.

Now, the Tigers (10-5-1) likely need to win their final three games of the season to qualify for the postseason.

“Tuesday (on the road) against Kent Denver will be our biggest game of the season to date,” Ruhly said. ” … We need to come out focused and ready to make a playoff run.”

Summit’s game Tuesday starts at 3 p.m. at Joy Burns Arena in Denver.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily.com.


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