Tiger hockey trounces Monarch
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BRECKENRIDGE – It’s been the same scenario for the Tigers each time they laced up their skates the last four games: win or, likely, miss the playoffs.
The Summit High hockey team pulled out games against Dakota Ridge, Peak to Peak and Standley Lake, all in dramatic, if not stomach-churning fashion in the past week.
Wednesday at home against Monarch – a team just above them in the Foothills Conference standings – the Tigers made it four in a row.
Although, this time, Summit made sure to take the drama out of the game early on.
Kyle Metzger, Dak Dice and Drake Blass each scored two goals, and the Tigers took a convincing and critical 7-2 win in their final home game of the season at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.
“That was the kind of Tiger hockey we’ve been looking for since November,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said.
Summit never trailed in the game, scoring early and often and ultimately putting itself in position to earn a spot in the postseason. With just two games remaining, the Tigers sit in sixth place in the league with the top-eight making the playoffs.
“We’re playing some great hockey right now, and things are going our way,” Ruhly said. “We’re peaking at the right time.”
The Tigers scored twice in the opening period – the goals coming on close-in dekes from Blass and Metzger – and dominated play early on. Summit held a 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission, and with the Tigers outshooting Monarch 20-9, it felt like the lead could’ve been twice that.
“When we get up right away, it makes it a lot less stressful,” Metzger said. ” … To get a cushion is great.”
Dice buried a rebound early in the second, and two minutes later, Metzger blasted a one-timer over the Monarch goalie’s glove for his second of the night and a 4-0 Tiger lead.
Then Monarch started to gain some momentum. After breaking the shut out with 6:23 left in the period, Monarch had what appeared to be a tap-in goal. A pass slid all the way across the Summit crease to an unchecked forward waiting backdoor, but Tiger goalie Andrew Dunlap made a sprawling save to knock the puck to the corner.
Blass buried a breakaway just 2 minutes later, and the Tigers rolled from there.
Dice and sophomore Sean Farley added goals in the third, and Dunlap made 29 saves to cap off the win.
“Last night at home, ever for us seniors, it was definitely nice,” Metzger said.
The Tigers are now hoping to spoil Senior Night for the No. 1 team in the state when they travel to take on Regis Jesuit on Friday.
After Wednesday’s performance, Ruhly is eager to see how his team rises to the challenge.
“When we come to play and we play our game, I’m not sure there’s a team in the state we can’t match up with,” the coach said.
Summit also has a game against Columbine on Saturday.
And while just one win in the final two games assures the Tigers of a playoff spot, Summit’s success is also helping its players off the ice – with getting dates:
Kyle Metzger, will you go to Sadie Hawkins with Alex Cooper?
The Tigers’ game at Regis is slated for a 5:45 p.m. start. No word on when the dance is.
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