Tigers hockey, coachless again, loses
COLORADO SPRINGS – Heading into the final period tied at two on the road Friday against Liberty, the Summit High School hockey team was in a familiar position. Victory was within reach.But yet again, the Tigers couldn’t conjure up a third-period goal, getting shut out 2-0 in the final period to lose 4-2 to the Lancers.”We need just a little more grit, determination and maturity to get a tie or a win,” assistant coach Kevin Carlson said. “A lot of these teams are really pretty equal.”Head coach Colin Smith did not coach the game due to a suspension handed down by Summit athletic director Gretchen Nies and principal Frank Mencin. Smith will also miss today’s 9:30 a.m. game at Mitchell. Carlson has taken over the Summit bench in Smith’s absence.Carlson would not disclose the reason for Smith’s suspension, but called it a result of “growing pains for a first-year head coach.” Carlson said this suspension is unrelated to the one-game suspension Smith served Saturday, Jan. 29, when the Tigers lost 4-3 to Peak to Peak. Smith sat out that game due to a Colorado High School Activities Association rule that states if a team commits 15 or more penalties in a game, the head coach must sit out the next one. Summit committed 18 penalties in a 3-3 tie at Palmer Jan. 26. The Tigers (4-9-1, 3-4-1 in the Metro Conference) are 1-3-1 in their last five games, including two losses to Liberty. Summit lost 3-1 to the Lancers Jan. 21. Friday’s loss puts the Tigers in fourth place in the seven-team Metro Conference, just a game behind Liberty.Junior SHS forwards John Rodger and Grant McGahey each scored in the loss. Rodger scored the first goal of the game from the side of net. After Liberty (5-7-2, 4-3-1) tied the game at one, McGahey gave the Tigers their last lead of the game, beating the Lancer netminder with a powerful shot from the slot.”They have good chemistry,” Carlson said of the junior scorers. “They move the puck and communicate well. That line does a good job of anticipating where their teammates are going to be.”SHS will stay in Colorado Springs today to play struggling Mitchell. Summit beat the Marauders 8-3, Jan. 8 in Breckenridge. Mitchell is 1-9 over its last 10 and 0-8 in Metro Conference play, but Carlson isn’t taking this morning’s game lightly.”This is an important game for us,” Carlson said. “We definitely need to win.”Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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