Steamboat Springs senior Tyler Scott picks up a loose puck before firing into the back of the net to give the Sailors a 1-0 lead with just more than four minutes left in the first period of Friday night's game against Summit County. Steamboat tied Summit, 3-3.

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Steamboat Springs senior Tyler Scott picks up a loose puck before firing into the back of the net to give the Sailors a 1-0 lead with just more than four minutes left in the first period of Friday night's game against Summit County. Steamboat tied Summit, 3-3.

Steamboat Springs hockey team eliminated from playoff contention after tie with Summit

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Steamboat Springs' Matt Hale controls the puck in the first half of Friday night's game against Summit County at the Howelsen Ice Arena.

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Steamboat Springs senior Tyler Scott fires a shot toward the net in the first period of Friday night's game against Summit County.

— In the end, it was a result neither team could afford.

The Steamboat Springs and Summit County high school hockey teams skated to a 3-3 tie Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

The tie eliminated both teams from playoff contention.

“A 3-3 tie is a tough pill to swallow,” Summit coach Chris Ruhly said. “Both teams played hard but, unfortunately, neither will be playing next week.”

Each team really needed a win.

Summit has no games left, and its 11 points left it in a tie with Chatfield for the eighth and final playoff spot. But Chatfield holds the tiebreaker, eliminating Summit.

Steamboat has a game left — at 3 p.m. Saturday at home against Ralston Valley — and could get to the magic 11-point level. But Chatfield has more in-conference wins, eliminating Steamboat.

“I felt like our preparation was good all week,” Steamboat coach Brent Tollar said. “The boys were ready. On our end, I felt like we controlled the play and feel like we played a pretty good game.”

It was a story of what could have been for both teams.

Steamboat jumped out 2-0 on goals by Tyler Scott and Matt Hale.

But midway through the second period, Summit found something. The Tigers got two goals by Sean Farley, including one short handed, and a power play goal by Jack Nevicosi to take a 3-2 lead into the third period.

In the third, Steamboat got a power play goal of its own, another blistering shot from Scott to knot it up at 3.

Steamboat had plenty of opportunities in the third and overtime periods but couldn’t put anything on the board.

The Sailors controlled play for much of the night, outshooting the Tigers, 31-15.

“In the end, all the responsibility falls on me,” Tollar said. “I need to find ways to motivate, grow and get better.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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