Summit youth hockey teams wrap up seasons |

Summit youth hockey teams wrap up seasons

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit Hockey Pee Wee A team decided to challenge itself this season by moving from the B to the A class. And despite a 4-13-1 record, it was a memorable season.

After the Lightning won its first two B-class games by a combined 24-2 score, the need to move up was apparent.

“There was no point in running away with the B division,” said coach Mark O’Reilly. “We wanted the kids to be challenged and ready to move up to Bantams next season.”

The team overcame the loss of coach Ron Byrne, who left Breckenridge this season. O’Reilly and Mike Johnson filled the void.

The Pee Wees finished the season with a 5-1 win over Foothills last weekend. Jeff Montepare and Braxton Campbell both scored first-period goals with assists from Brock Barto and Tommy Moles. Campbell scored again in the second, and Jan McSparin and Kyle Johnson got third-period goals.

Goaltender Corey Hancock made 16 saves.

Campbell was the league’s top scorer with 13 goals in 18 games. He also had seven assists. Montepare also finished in the top ten in goal-scorers with eight goals. Moles, the linemate of Campbell and Montepare, finished with six goals.

The second line of Max O’Neill, Alex Gutierrez, Connor Cook and Kole Morrell contributed five goals and six assists on the season.

“Scoring doesn’t really tell the story,” coach Mike Johnson said. “These guys are all fast skaters and really contributed at both ends of the ice.”

Summit’s blue line was anchored by Barto, Tyler Clauer, Kyle Johnson and McSparin.

“Our defensemen worked hard all season,” O’Reilly said. “Other than goalie, defense is the hardest position to learn, and they all improved tremendously.”

Hancock was in net all year.

“All in all, it was a great season,” concluded team manager Turk Montepare. “What we hoped for as an A-level team was to be a contender in every game. We beat or tied every team in the league, including the top teams, so we feel the season has been a success.”

Bantams finish successful season as A’s

The Summit Bantam team’s first season in the A class was a runaway success that a disappointing showing in the playoffs last weekend in Colorado Springs could not diminish.

The Lightning finished 9-5-4 and came from the the bottom of the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League standings to finish in second place. An impressive midseason streak of 14 games without a loss was the key to the turnaround.

The top line of Grant McGahey, Chase Underbrink and DJ Rogers led the team in scoring, and Billy Barto and Mike Hammer provided strong defensive leadership.

Alex Edwards, Michael Henthorne, Tyler Swirka, Jimmy Keeling and Jackie Koetteritz produced 68 points in 43 games as the black line and helped carry the team through a tough schedule that included AA competition.

Scott Noble, Pat Bigelow, Andrew Beardsley, Collin Cook, Maija Miller and Tanner Banks completed the roster as the red line, improving throughout the season. Goalkeepers Seth Wickham and back-up Mike Dilatush gave the Lightning a chance to win every game this season.

The team was coached by Karl Johnson and Matt Anton.

Pee Wee C’s streak into playoffs

David Leopold made his first goal of the season a game-winner in the Summit Pee Wee C team’s win over Gunnison on Sunday.

Leopold scored with two minutes left in the game to lead the Lightning to a 1-0 win on the final day of the regular season. Michael Daniels had the assist.

Summit then played another game against Gunnison and won 3-1. Sam Dickstein opened the scoring in the first period off an assist from James Lowrey. In the second period, Nick Hrycaj and Daniels scored to put the game away. Peter Secor assisted on Hrycaj’s goal.

Corey Hancock gave up just one goal all day, and defensemen Secor, Garret Spenst and Patrick Lewarton kept Gunnison’s offense at bay.

The Pee Wees enter the postseason as the leader in the Rocky Mountain Division. They play Steamboat Saturday in the first round of the playoffs at 11:45 a.m. at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.

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