Tigers win tight battle at Mitchell
COLORADO SPRINGS – The Summit High School hockey team used balanced scoring and a timely goal Saturday morning to beat Mitchell on the road, 5-4.In a back-and-forth game where the lead changed several times, Summit junior forward John Rodger scored last to give the Tigers the win. It was Rodger’s second goal of the night and third in two days.”(Rodger’s) got great hands,” Summit assistant coach Kevin Carlson said. “He’s always capable of having the type of game he did today. He can be an offensive force.”Rodger got the scoring started for the Tigers (5-9-1, 4-4-1 in Metro Conference play) in the second period with a hard shot from just inside the blue line that tied the game at one. Later in the second Billy Barto had a huge slap shot goal of his own to give SHS a 2-1 lead.Mitchell tied the game at two before the second-period horn sounded, then scored an early third-period goal to go ahead 3-2.The Marauder lead didn’t last long. SHS forwards Michael Zajicek and Cam Carlson scored back-to-back goals from point-blank range within 20 seconds of each other, each benefitting from Scott Noble assists. Mike Hammer also assisted on Zajicek’s goal.Mitchell (3-12-1, 0-10-0) tied the game with 5:39 left in the third when its front line rushed the zone and forced the puck past sophomore Tiger goalie Seth Wickham. Rodger ended the scoring a little more than two minutes later.”It wasn’t as much poor defense as it was stronger forward play,” Kevin Carlson said. Head coach Colin Smith has not coached the last three SHS games due to two seperate suspensions. Smith missed the last two games due to a suspension handed down by Summit athletic director Gretchen Nies and principal Frank Mencin. Smith sat out the Jan. 29 game against Peak to Peak 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. Carlson has taken over the Summit bench in Smith’s absence.Summit hosts 16-0 Battle Mountain on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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