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Tigers tripped up by Pumas

ADAM BOFFEYSummit Daily News
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SUPERIOR – The Summit High School hockey team may have suffered from a letdown Friday against Peak to Peak, but at least the Tigers plan to use the losing experience to their advantage.”After the game, (the coaches) talked about putting it behind us,” SHS coach Bryan Smith following the Pumas’ 5-1 victory. “But the kids said, ‘Let’s not put this behind us – we have to remember this because we can’t afford to do it again,'”Smith said his team hung tough initially, but then “internally combusted,” during the second period.Peak to Peak (6-2) scored in the first period then Summit’s Scott Noble equalized early in the second by converting the Puma goalie’s deflection of a shot by Tommy Moles.

After that it was all Pumas, however, as the Tigers made frequent trips to the penalty box.”They had a 5-3 advantage basically the whole (second) period,” Smith said. “And they scored three power-play goals.”Overall, the Tigers played undisciplined hockey, according to their coach.”There were a lot of bad attitudes,” he said. “Throwing sticks, yelling at one another. … It’s happened twice this season (once against Aspen) and we lost both games.”

The Tigers committed eight penalties, while the Pumas where called for only four. Peak to Peak also won the shots-on-goal battle, firing off 30 to SHS’ 24.Nick Springer minded Summit’s net before yielding to freshman Andrew Dunlap in the third period.The Tigers are 4-2 overall, but an inauspicious 0-2 in the Foothills League.The action will pick up again Jan. 4 on the road against Standley Lake. The clash with the Gators will begin a stretch that has SHS playing seven out of eight games on the road.

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.


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