Touchdown Tigers! SHS gets first win, 7-0
BRECKENRIDGE – Needing a win in the worst of ways, the Summit High School hockey team stole a chapter from its gridiron counterpart Saturday afternoon. With a hat trick from senior captain Billy Barto and goals from four other players, the Tigers beat visiting Colorado Academy 7-0 at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The victory was the first of the season for Summit, and it came less than 24 hours after the Tigers lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Pueblo on the same sheet of ice.”We needed this win to boost the morale going into this huge week,” said first-year SHS coach Bryan Smith, whose team plays three games in four days heading into the holiday break. “And I think it’s huge that they went out and won big – not only won, but won big. Now they’ve got the confidence.”
The Tigers (1-3) played a flat first period Friday night, and it came back to haunt them later in the game. Saturday, the opposite happened, and Barto was the catalyst.The senior buried a tone-setting wrister less than a minute into the game, and his classmate Alex Edwards followed it 1:30 later by poking home a loose puck to make it 2-0. Barto sniped another wrist shot with 1:59 to go in the period off a Grant McGahey dump pass.Playing almost perfect hockey, Summit used four goals in a five-minute span midway through the second period to put the game out of reach. Jake Motz scored the first one, Braxton Campbell put in a rebound to make it 5-0, Barto slipped in his third, then Jan McSparin finished off the run.The three goals gave Barto, a defenseman, five on the season, a team high.
“I didn’t really take it upon myself (to score) so much,” he said, “I just tried to get kids motivated and get ’em going. Tried to get ’em off last night and think about a new game today.”Aside from the final score, two more stats told the story of Saturday’s game: Summit, which has been plagued by penalties the last two seasons, committed only four infractions against the Mustangs; and the Tigers outshot Colorado Academy 33-6, as sophomore goalie Nick Springer earned his first shutout.”This team wasn’t as talented as our first three (opponents),” Smith said of the Mustangs (1-3), “but nonetheless (Summit) rose to the occasion and battled through it and forgot about the losses and came out and had this must-win.”
Senior forward Grant McGahey led the Tigers with two assists, while Mike Hammer, Tommy Moles, Jimmy Keeling, Alex Gutierrez and Edwards chipped in with one apiece.The Tigers next play Wednesday against Coronado at Sertich Ice Center in Colorado Springs.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at email@example.com.
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