Top-ranked Regis Jesuit hands Summit High School rare loss
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Summit County, Co Colorado
Facing off with top-ranked Regis Jesuit Friday night in Denver, the Summit High hockey team gave up three critical powerplay goals and took a 7-4 loss, the Tigers’ first since Jan. 9.
“They are a very good, solid team from top to bottom,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said of No. 1 Regis. “They’re ranked at the top for a reason.”
Summit jumped out to an early lead in the first period when Sam Dudick scored a goal off a feed from Brad Zimmerman.
But Regis responded with two powerplay goals and wound up outshooting Summit 13-2 in the opening period.
The Tigers owned the play in the second period, but failed to take the lead. James Lowrey scored Summit’s second goal on a powerplay, before Shamus O’Neill notched the Tigers’ third tally off an assist from Jon Gutierrez.
Regis once again matched Summit, and took a 4-3 lead into the third period.
Halfway through the final stanza, Summit was whistled for a penalty, and Regis once again cashed in on the opportunity.
Then, as Ruhly put it, “the wheels came off” for the Tigers.
Regis added two more goals before Summit captain Alex Gutierrez scored the Tigers’ final goal with less than one minute remaining.
After the loss, Ruhly pointed to his team’s untimely penalties as a difference maker.
“We need to understand what we did wrong,” the coach said. ” … It was obvious from tonight that we can play with any team in the state if we just stay out of the (penalty) box.”
Summit plays again tonight at 6 p.m. against Heritage High School at the Edge.
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