On Friday, February 4, Summit High School’s men’s hockey team faced the Kent Denver Sun Devils. Going into the game, the Tigers were looking to put a tough loss to league opponent Glenwood Springs behind them and restore confidence with a win against a tougher Front Range team.
From the first face-off, the game was a two-way street with the puck not possessed by either team for an extended period of time. Despite the battle to chase the puck, Summit had more shots on goal than Kent Denver in the early parts of the game.
Those shots paid off for the Tigers in the latter part of the first as Cassius Bradford was able to score a goal for Summit after a pass from Graham Begley.
The Tigers held a 1-0 lead over the Sun Devils until the first intermission.
Just 90 seconds into the second period, the Sun Devils tied the score at one goal a piece as a Sun Devil sent a blistering shot past Summit’s Matthew Tater into the net.
For the remainder of the period, the Tigers participated in several power plays due to roughing and interference penalties from the Sun Devils. The Tigers had three chances to score a power play goal, but each time the Sun Devils managed to kill the penalty to tie the score 1-1 at the end of the second period.
The Tigers’ persistence paid off in the third, however, as Begley scored a redirect goal with seven minutes left in the third period thanks to an assist from Zach Carleton and Blaze Ebbinghaus.
The Tigers defense closed out the game killing a power play and blocking any Sun Devils offensive advance.
The Tigers won the tough battle against Kent Denver, 2-1. Summit will now have a week off before playing at home again on Saturday, February 12 against Dakota Ridge.