Summit hockey sweeps Shrine Pass rival
BRECKENRIDGE – With the clock ticking down on Battle Mountain’s sixth power play of the night, a Husky forward slid the puck through the slot to a teammate, unchecked at the goal mouth. A quick one-timer toward the open half of the net – and Summit goalie Andrew Dunlap kicked out his right pad, catching the puck on his toe and sending it to the corner.
It was only one of Dunlap’s 25 saves Wednesday against the Tigers’ Shrine Pass rivals, but it was indicative of how the entire night went.
Battle Mountain had chances to score; Dunlap brushed them all aside, leading Summit to a 3-0 win and its first-ever season sweep of Battle Mountain.
“Andrew played fantastic,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. “He made some big saves, particularly on the penalty kill. He rose to the challenge tonight.”
And the entire Tiger team – coming off an uninspired loss to Steamboat Springs on Saturday – controlled play from start to finish.
“We came out strong. We worked really good as a team,” Dunlap said.
Senior Dak Dice led the scoring charge with a goal and an assist, but it was the Tiger defense that got the job done throughout the night.
Summit was shorthanded six times in the game, twice in the first period. But after killing both off, the Tigers capitalized on a dominant shift from the line of Dice, Evan Streit and Dylan Junkermeier. Streit fired a shot from the top of the circles, and Dice, standing at the left side of the crease, redirected it through the five hole for a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers bumped the lead to 2-0 when Dice stole a Husky outlet pass at the blue line and fired a shot toward the net. The Battle Mountain goalie made the save, but senior Buck Marshall knocked in the rebound.
The rest of the game pretty much came down to Dunlap. Twice in the second period, the senior made saves on Husky 2-on-1 breaks, and in the third period, he made four saves on Battle Mountain’s final powerplay opportunity.
“It’s pretty awesome. I think the whole team enjoyed that,” Dunlap said of beating their rival. ” … I’m really stoked. I was really stoked in the locker room after the game.”
The Tigers (2-1) are on the road Saturday, when they travel to take on Valor Christian at 8 p.m.
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