Tigers claim first Shrine Pass Cup
MINTURN – For the first time ever, the Shrine Pass Cup will spend the next year in the Summit High School Hockey team’s trophy case.The Tigers defeated Battle Mountain 7-4 Saturday in Minturn in a rivalry game the Huskies had won every year since the cups’ inception in 2000.”This is a turning point in our season,” SHS coach Bryan Smith after his team improved to 3-1. “If we can continue to play disciplined hockey, stay out of the penalty box and draw penalties with our speed, we’re going to do some damage.”Summit, which defeated the Huskies 5-4 last Saturday in Breckenridge, committed just two penalties in the rematch, while Battle Mountain was whistled for eight.”It got real chippy out there,” Smith said. “(Battle Mountain) had some high hits and some hits to the head and we told our kids to skate away from that stuff and be the taller team.”
Braxton Campbell and Tommy Moles scored first-period goals for the Tigers, who got off to a slow start.”I think we got (to the game) too early and warmed up too early,” Smith said. “We had about two hours (to prepare) and it’s usually about 90 minutes.”The Tigers left Summit earlier than usual on account of a massive snow storm, which postponed three Tiger contests on Thursday and the boys basketball game on Saturday. Summit really started clicking in the second period when it got goals from Moles, Campbell and Jeff Montepare. The Tigers brought a 5-2 lead into the third period, but knew it wasn’t safe – a week earlier, the Huskies scored three late-game goals and nearly came back to win in the process.
Alex Gutierrez and Campbell (first hat trick of season) preserved the Tigers’ lead with third-period tallies.Nick Springer played between the pipes for the first two periods before giving way to Andrew Dunlap. “That’s the convenience of having two goalies,” Smith said. “You can call either one to duty at any time.”Both teams took 45 shots.SHS’ two victories over the Huskies are the first in at least three years, according to Smith.
The only way the two teams could meet again this season is if they both advance to the state championship game.The Tigers will host Steamboat on Friday at 5:30 p.m.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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