Tigers hockey wins in blowout
BRECKENRIDGE – Chase Underbrink scored his first high school hat trick and two other Tigers scored two goals each, as the Summit High School hockey team overwhelmed visiting Mitchell 8-3 on Saturday.John Rodger scored the first two goals of the game, starting a Summit scoring trend that would last until the final horn. Underbrink’s third goal of the game came with just 6.9 seconds remaining. Senior captain Cam Carlson added two goals of his own, and defenseman Billy Barto scored for the second straight game.”We were just trying to put the puck on net and see what happens,” Underbrink said with a satisfied look on his face. “It feels pretty good.”After a tough loss the night before to Machebeuf, when they lost the game on a goal in the last minute, Tigers head coach Colin Smith predicted his team would “come out and win” on Saturday.”We were on the brink of getting our chemistry,” Smith said. “I knew it would come together.”The Tigers (2-5) were on the attack for most of the game. They ended the game with 36-13 advantage in shots on goal. The only time the game was in question was at the beginning of the second period. Leading 2-0 after the first, the Tigers came out on their heels, and gave up an easy goal to the Marauders’ Larry Lowery, pulling Mitchell within a goal. Three minutes into the period, Lowery got behind the defense and pushed the puck past the exposed Summit goalie, Seth Wickham.It was a short lapse. The Tigers immediately got back on the attack when Underbrink scored his first goal just two minutes later on a short shot in front of the goal that was assisted by junior forward Jonathan Walsh.The shot of the night belonged to Barto. Barto used his offensive skills to weave the puck from center ice through the entire Mitchell defense before firing a low, hard slap shot into the back of the net.”It was definitely a professional-esque slap shot,” Smith said. “We need Billy to step up on offense, too.”The Tigers host Steamboat at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. Summit beat the Sailors in the first game of the season, so Smith expects a hard-fought rematch.”We need to enjoy this game while it lasts, because Steamboat wants revenge. It will be a completely different game than today’s. We have to tighten up our fundamentals.”Andy Frame can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or email@example.com.
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