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Tiger hockey squad narrowly misses out on title

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado
Special to the DailySummit seniors (from left) Dak Dice, Dylan Horan and Kyle Metzger pose with the second-place trophy from last weekend's Vail Sportsmanship Tournament at Dobson Ice Arena.
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With a grueling six games over three days, the Summit hockey Major A tournament team wrapped up a second-place finish in the Vail Sportsmanship Tournament at Dobson Ice Arena last weekend.

The Tigers stormed through the 14-team tourney’s pool play and semifinals before facing off with perennial state power Regis Jesuit in the championship game on Sunday. Summit took the early lead on a goal from senior defenseman Kyle Metzger, and after two tallies from Drake Blass led 3-2 heading into the final period.

The lead wouldn’t hold, though, as Regis scored 5:45 into the third and buried a shot a little more than a minute into overtime to take the title with a 4-3 OT win.



Metzger led the Tigers in scoring over the weekend with six points on three goals and three assists. Blass, Dak Dice and Evan Streit all scored three times as well, and sophomore Sean Farley had five points, including two goals.

Summit, which was just a week removed from winning a tournament in Aspen, began the tournament Friday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Littleton. Dice and Buck Marshall picked up the goals in the game, staking Summit to a 2-0 lead in the third period. Senior goalie Andrew Dunlap made 22 saves in the win.



The Tigers then blew out the Denver Country Club squad 5-2 (goals from Blass, Streit, Dylan Junkermeier, Metzger and Farley) in their second game and edged out the Wildcats of Ogden, Utah, 2-1 in Game 3. Streit and Blass both scored in the game.

With a late faceoff Saturday night, the Tigers didn’t sleep on a weaker Glenwood team, scoring five times (two from Dice; one each from, Streit, Farley and Mitchell Stashick) in a blowout win. Hunter Marsh made six saves in the 5-2 win.

After finishing atop their respective division, the Tigers met Casper in the semifinals Sunday morning. Summit struck twice in the second period on goals from Metzger and Dylan Horan, on its way to a 2-1 win.

The Summit tourney team is made up mostly of Tiger varsity players as they get ready for the CHSAA season, which kicks off with an away game at Battle Mountain High School on Dec. 3.


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