Tigers trounced by Regis Jesuit
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BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit High hockey team brought some intensity into Saturday’s home game with Regis Jesuit, but the extra effort wasn’t enough to bring the Tigers a win.
The special teams play and overall speed and strength of the two-time defending state champions from Denver were just too much for the Tigers to handle Saturday, and Regis left the Stephen C. West Ice Arena with an 8-0 league win over Summit.
“It was pretty much horrible,” SHS senior captain Shamus O’Neill said of his team’s performance. “We didn’t have any fight in the corners, and they won every one-on-one battle. They just wanted it more, I guess.”
It would have been hard to believe the way the game ended up after the Tigers’ energetic start to the night.
“In the first period, it was there,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said of his team’s energy. “Everyone came out with the desire and was jacked up and ready to go.”
But Regis netted both a power-play and shorthanded goal in the first, and after the visitors scored three more times early in the second period, the game looked to be out of reach for the Tigers.
“It was just a downward spiral from there,” Ruhly said. ” … Special teams killed us today, both power play and penalty kill.”
And Summit was never able to muster much offense, getting out-shot 24-10 in the game.
The Tigers’ only solid scoring chances in the second half of the game came from O’Neill, who was one of the few Summit players able to match up with Regis’s level of play.
“Shamus is probably the only one, along with (goalie) Andrew (Dunlap), that continuously wears his heart on his sleeve,” Ruhly said. “Everybody else needs to do some soul searching and understand that we have half our season left as far as games go, and it’s gut-check time.”
O’Neill hopes that the blow-out loss will work as a wake-up call to his team that had won six straight games before losing back-to-back conference games this past weekend.
“After getting blown out like that, it’s definitely a wake-up call,” O’Neill said. “Hopefully, we’ll go harder in practice and play better.
“It’s embarrassing to get beat that bad, and we don’t want it to happen. I want to win every game, and (Saturday) was not fun.”
Dunlap made 17 saves in the loss.
The Tigers (6-3-1) have three games coming up this week. Wednesday, Summit plays Columbine at The Steve at 5:30 p.m. Then the Tigers travel to play Ralston Valley on Friday and Heritage on Saturday.
Ruhly expects his team to rise to the challenge in the upcoming games. After all, the Tigers’ season might depend on it.
“If we don’t make adjustments and things don’t change, then playoffs won’t be in our future,” the coach said. “As of now, we are not a playoff hockey team with the way we’re not executing.”
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