Hockey: Summit blanks Aspen, 4-0
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – In a game that featured 18 penalties, Summit’s Andrew Dunlap proved the whistle-happy officials weren’t the only ones who could take over a game.The Tiger goaltender stopped all 21 shots he faced to lead the Summit High hockey team to a 4-0 win Wednesday over mountain-rival Aspen at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.”Unbelievable effort by him,” SHS head coach Chris Ruhly said. “He obviously kept us in that game. We scored four goals to get the win, but without him back there, the score would’ve definitely been different.”Junior Drake Blass scored twice, while seniors Dak Dice and Dylan Junkermeier each had a goal in what was Summit’s second straight win over Aspen. The two teams met on Dec. 17 with the Tigers taking the game 3-1 before two weeks off for winter break.”Happy with how well they came out after such a long layoff,” Ruhly said. “Two weeks off and away from the team is a long time. We had a win heading into break and now a win coming out of it. I’m definitely excited about that.”Summit controlled virtually all of the 5-on-5 play in the game. Unfortunately for the Tigers, there wasn’t much of it.Both teams were whistled for nine penalties on the night, and each squad found themselves shorthanded six times.The Tigers converted twice, while Aspen couldn’t get a puck past Dunlap.With Summit leading 1-0 after Blass’ early powerplay goal, Skiers captain Taylor Mayer rang a shot off the crossbar early in the first period.It was the closest Aspen would come to scoring until the third period, when the momentum started to swing the Skiers’ way.After Dice and Junkermeier put the Tigers up 3-0, Summit took a penalty at the buzzer at the end of the second period. The Tigers picked up another quick penalty to start the third, and, suddenly, their three-goal lead didn’t look so large facing a 5-on-3 penalty kill.Luckily, the Tigers still had Dunlap.The Skiers swung the puck wide, with Mayer controlling down low. The senior captain cut to the net and slid the puck through the crease to Colter Birk for what looked like a tap-in goal. But Dunlap stretched across the goal, catching the one-timed shot with his right leg.The Tigers killed off the rest of the penalty, and Blass added a nifty goal on a 2-on-1 to close out the win.Dunlap was happy with the victory (and his second shutout of the season) but was confused by some of the calls in the game.”I don’t know what they were doing out there,” he joked about his teammates. “They just kept getting penalties, but we got the win.”firstname.lastname@example.org
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