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Tigers hockey drops a heartbreaker to Machebeuf

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Special to the Daily/Mark FoxSummit High's Cam Carlson, left, works the puck in front of the net as teammate Michael Henthorne follows the play recently against Aspen. The Tigers dropped a heartbreaker to Bishop Machebeuf on the road Friday night, 3-2.

DENVER – In a game that began as a defensive battle but finished with a flurry of goals, the Summit High School hockey team lost a tough one, 3-2, at Bishop Machebeuf Friday.The score was tied at 1 until five minutes were left in the game. Machebeuf took the lead on a breakaway goal, before the Tigers’ Billy Barto scored in the next minute. Finally, on a defensive breakdown, the Buffaloes scored the winning goal with just a minute left.

“Their best player came down, and we gave him too much space,” Tigers coach Colin Smith said. “It was heartbreaking, but good experience for the whole team, including me.”Summit’s John Roger got the scoring started in the first period, putting the Tigers up 1-0. Smith was pleasantly surprised by the early lead.”We haven’t had a good first (period) yet,” Smith said. “This was our best showing this year, by far.”

Holding Machebeuf to just one goal for most of the game was a good sign for the Tigers, who were coming off a tough 7-2 loss at Aspen on Wednesday.”Our defense was much tighter,” Smith said. “That was our main problem all of last year and so far this year. With a hot goalie and a good D, our offense will take care of itself.”

The close defeat was a good building block for the young team, and its first-year head coach. Smith thinks the team will respond today against Mitchell.”We’re gonna come out flying,” Smith said. “I think we’re gonna come out and win.”Summit (1-5) plays Mitchell at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena today at 3:30 p.m.

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