Summit loads up on goals in 6-2 win
BRECKENRIDGE – Summit High School hockey entered Saturday’s game against Doherty hungry for its first win of the season. The team met for a pregame lunch at Rasta Pasta and, for desert, devoured Doherty 6-2 at Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.
The Tigers (1-3) had allowed an average of seven goals a game this season, but on Saturday, freshman Seth Wickham decided he wasn’t one for averages. The rook snagged 18 saves and, except for a 30-second lapse in the third period, was near perfect.
“Seth is looking better,” Summit head coach Jake Quigley said. “Every time he steps on the ice in a high school game, he’s learning what to expect.”
It was a senior, however, who sparked Summit’s scoring. Garrett Bjork lit the lamp with a nifty wrister to the top-right window with six minutes left in the first period, and added another early in the second. That one came on a rocket from the blue line that Spartans goalie Troy French never saw.
The Tigers would add three more goals in the second, while Wickham fended off two one-on-one breakaways that could have tightened the score.
But, when Chase Underbring took advantage of a loose puck in the front of the net, the Tigers jumped to a 3-0 lead.
“Today, everybody worked together as a team,” Wickham said. “I never really looked at the scoreboard. I tried to just keep playing smart.”
Less than three minutes later, forward Cam Carlson scored on a one-timer. It came on a centering pass from Andrew Ehrmann, whose nifty spin move freed himself behind the net.
And the goals kept getting prettier. While Doherty (0-3) threatened on breakaways and tried to batter the Tigers with big hits, Summit danced its way to a 5-0 lead on a breakaway of its own. Michael Morgan skated past three Spartans on his way to the net, where he high-posted another score.
“We’ve been working in practice on things zone-by-zone,” Quigley said. “It’s starting to show up when we play. We’re hitting with discipline. We’re getting better.”
Doherty would add two scores in 30 seconds, which rallied some lost hope. The second came on a liner from the blue line that deflected off the top post, and then off Wickham’s skate, before sliding into the goal.
Summit’s Jonathan Walsh would nix the rally a minute later with a strong second-effort. Ehrmann carded his second assist of the day.
Grant McGahey also added two assists.
For Summit, the next three games will be testers.
A home game against Rampart Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. is followed by Friday’s game at No. 1 Battle Mountain and Saturday’s game at Steamboat Springs.
“I want two wins,” Quigley said. “I think we can even give Battle Mountain a run if we continue to improve like we have.”
FARMER’S KORNER – Summit’s Andrew Vawter-Beaird swept through the 103-pound class Saturday at the Tiger’s Lair wrestling tournament at Summit High School.
Vawter-Beaird went 5-0 in the tournament.
Stephan Collard (130 pounds), Tim Gurule (135) and Daniel Kocher (140) also competed.
The Tigers travel to Battle Mountain Wednesday for a match at 6 p.m.
Nordic results from the Lake County Invitational weren’t available at press time.
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