Summit U-19 girls finish as state runner-up to Denver
The Summit U-19 girls hockey team took second at the Mountain States Girls Hockey League’s (MSGHL) end-of-season tournament in Colorado Springs last weekend. Summit finished the regular season at 19-6-1 overall, 13-2-1 in league play. The mark tied the girls for first with Denver. Last weekend’s action started with Summit playing two games Friday, the first against Aspen. Defenders Shelley Mauch, Alex Sobiecki, Maija Miller, and Kelly Davis helped goalie Kris Caples control the 2-1 win, even though Summit was outshot 24-10.
The Lightning scored in the first and last minutes of play. Hannah Harvey put Summit up 1-0 just 58 seconds into the game, and assisted Jackie Koetteritz on the game-winner with only 24 ticks left on the clock. Summit jumped on top of Colorado Springs 3-0 in the first period of game two on goals by Lindsay Peoples, Sobiecki and Harvey. Mauch, Harvey and Koetteritz picked up assists. Krysten Joyce scored on passes from Harvey and Koetteritz to give Summit a seemingly insurmountable 4-1 lead, Colorado Springs scored three unanswered goals to tie the game with only 2 minutes left in the game. Head coach Geoff “Bub” Palmer called a timeout with 45 seconds left to review strategy and give his short bench a well-needed rest. The team responded when Harvey took the puck into enemy ice, then fed Koetteritz for her second straight game-winner with barely any time on the clock.
The Summit girls split two games on Saturday, beating Colorado Select (North Denver Suburbs) 3-1, with Harvey scoring twice and Koetteritz getting the third. Mauch and Sobiecki picked up assists. Summit’s second game was a 2-0 loss to archrival Denver. Summit and Denver finished pool play 3-1 to set up a rematch for the championship Sunday afternoon. Denver built a quick two-goal lead in the final, but with two minutes left in the first, Koetteritz received a cross-ice feed from Harvey and converted to cut it to 2-1.
Midway through the second Koetteritz intercepted a pass and crashed the net to score again and tie it at 2. Denver’s deep bench, however, proved to be the difference, as Summit’s foe scored the controversial game-winner midway through the third in what looked like a rugby scrum. Caples and Sobiecki argued that the puck never crossed the line, but the score stood. Still, the disappointment of the loss was short-lived as the team celebrated its successful season.Summit’s roster also includes Hayley Wolach, Michelle Warpecha and coach Brad Dickerson. Alpine Anesthesia sponsored the team.
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