Tiger hockey team runs out of steam in loss | SummitDaily.com

Tiger hockey team runs out of steam in loss

Bryce Evans
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BRECKENRIDGE – Kent Denver scored twice in a 3-minute span of the third period to hand the Summit High hockey team its first league loss of the season, 3-2 at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena Friday night.

And it left coach Chris Ruhly with a laundry list of things his team needs to work on: communication, consistent effort, playing within the system, all the little things that help teams win.

More than anything, Ruhly said his team needs to stay out of the box, especially with such a small bench.

“We need to cut those down, those need to stop,” he said. “We played hard the majority of the game and just kind of ran out of gas there at the end.”

The Tigers had seven penalties in the game, leading to five power plays for Kent Denver.

Summit – which barely carries three lines on its bench – never trailed in the game until midway through the third period, when Kent Denver converted off two odd-man rushes.

Senior Dylan Horan scored the Tigers first goal on a short-sided wristshot he fired over the goalie’s shoulder.

Kent Denver tied the game in the second period off a powerplay goal, but Summit responded to start the third. Junior Evan Striet picked off an errant clearing attempt, moved into the slot and wristed a shot off the right post and into the net for the 2-1 lead.

The Sun Devils then scored off a 2-on-1 and a breakaway moments later, and the Tigers never got the equalizer.

“We need to slow the game down and play our style of game,” Ruhly said. “We don’t have the amount of players to play run-and-gun like we have in the past. We need to slow it down and take whistles when we can.”

Senior Andrew Dunlap made 20 saves in the losing effort, including a number of point-blank shots he was forced to make sprawling stops on.

The Tigers (5-2, 2-1) don’t have much time to dwell on the defeat, as they travel to Steamboat Springs today for a 3 p.m. game.

“It’s going to be a quick turnaround with little rest, but that’s part of playing sports,” Ruhly said. “You have to rebound and come back the next game.”

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