A Page -- Feb. 20 -- High Schools

St. Ed plays like the St. Ed of old to 

blank Olmsted Falls and advance to 

sectional title game against River

Feb. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber





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BROOKLYN – On the strength of a pair of short-handed goals, St. Edward advanced to the sectional championship game against Rocky River with an 8-0 high school hockey semifinal win over Olmsted Falls in the second game of today’s sectional semifinals triple header here in the Coyne Center ice arena.


The Eagles (16-14-2) scored the only first-period goal, snatching momentary momentum away from the Bulldogs with a short-handed goal by captain Alex Kaserman at 10:02. Ross Kivett assisted. The Eagles outshot the Dogs in the period, 12-7.


Falls (16-15) made a game of it for a period and a half, but the then the St. Ed attackers let loose, building a 3-0 lead by the end of the second period and taking a 34-12 advantage in shots.


Again, it appeared as if Falls would get some scoring chances and shift the advantage when it got into a power play at 8:26 on a St. Ed hooking penalty.


Yet again, the Dogs could not swipe back the momentum. Goalie Braden Smith came out of the crease to clear the puck on a St. Ed dump during the power play only to get himself into a sticky wicket getting pinned against the boards to his left of the circle while juggling the puck.


He was able to get back in goal but then lost his stuck. Luckily, Falls was able to clear it and cycle it to the other end.


That was short-lived though as Kivett, a four-year first liner and special teamer, grabbed the puck on a short pass from Justin Hoyt and broke away to the other end. He beat Smith on the rush for the short-hand goal at 9:37, making it 2-0. 


“Those two short-handed goals were huge,” said Falls coach Brian Thompson. “Let alone score one, had we just gotten out of those power plays without give up a goal at 0-0, it would have made all the difference for us. We were hoping to keep the shots close even though we knew they were going to get their shots. It was just a matter of when. We were hoping to get twoor thre in and then maybe keep them out and who knows what could have happened.”


Again on a rush but in an even-strength skate, St. Ed made it 3-0 on an unassisted goal by Riley Egan at 13:38 of the second.


“This might be the best game we played all year,” said St. Ed coach Robbie Whidden. “I would say we skated well. I have no complaints about our play. We had seven different guys score goals. I don’t think we’ve had a game this year in which we even had as many as four or five guys score in one game. We need everyone to get in on it to win games. It is not classic St. Ed, but we are willing to give up a power-play goal if we can get a short-hand goal. If we come out 1-1 in a penalty kill, the psychological gain is greater than anything that changed in the score.”


Among the eight goals that were spread among seven players, the skaters getting in on them were also diverse. Three of the four lines scored at least one goal.


Kivett scored his second goal to get the scoring started 40 seconds into the third. Hoyt followed with a power-play goal and then Andrew Novack made it 6-0 at 5:34. On Novack’s goal, both Hoyt and Kivett attained the playmaker with their third assists.


The seventh goal was a Mick-Nick tally, with Mick Bartholomew getting the goal and Nick Crosby the assist at 8:55. In the same vein, Hoyt’s goal was a Hoy-Hoyt goal with CJ Hoy assisting along with Kivett.


Some of the scoring potion then “nicked” off on Crosby as he got the final goal, an unassisted one at 9:58.


In the end, St. Ed had the advantage in shots, 53-17.


Prior to this game, Southwestern Conference schools were 6-1 in sectional games this week (6-0 if one were to subtract the Avon Lake loss to Amherst Monday since someone from the SWC had to lose that game).


“Our conference had a good showing and the White Division had a good showing,” said Thompson. “Four of the final eight teams are from the White. Their depth and speed just took over in the third period.”


Something with this SWC success will have to give on Wednesday when Brecksville and Amherst meet in the sectional final. Although the SWC will be 7-3 after that game, it still moves it on, assuring that least one SWC school of making the districts. A North Olmsted upset of No. 2 seed Padua could make it two, a first since Rocky River and North Olmsted were both making it that far in the 1970s and early 1980s.


Justin Wisniewski made 17 saves to get the shutout for St. Ed.

Rocky River wakes up in the second 

period and skates to a 5-1 win over 

Trinity to earn the right to play No. 3 

seed St. Ed in sectional final

Feb. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber






BROOKLYN --- Baron Cup II and White West Division champion Rocky River eliminated Trinity, 5-1, from the hockey sectional semifinals tonight to advance to a sectional championship game against defending district champion St. Edward Thursday here.


The Trojans (3-26-1) hung with the Pirates for almost a full period until Clay Johanson “broke the ice” with a backhanded goal at 11:42 of the first period. Matt Garibaldi assisted on the only goal the first period would see.


The Pirates (30-7) cracked it open in the second period with four goals and Bridget Gipper in goal turned away everything in site at the other end as River held a 5-0 lead after the first 30 were in the books.


Garibaldi got it started at the 42-second mark of the second frame with Johanson and Jimmy McFarland assisting.


Captain Greg Soltes made it 3-0 at 6:39 with an assist from Max Lurie and Johanson lit the lamp for the second time at 7:24 with help from Garibaldi and Bence Toth passes.


After a high sticking penalty on Trinity, Garibaldi matched Johanson with his second one, a power-play goal at 13:21. Soltes and Travis Pescatrice got in on it with assists.


“We really didn’t start playing until the second period,” said River coach Chris Cogan. “We talked about guarding against that. We had an easy game the other day and we had to get out of our minds that it would continue to be as easy. They realized that and started playing better in the second period. They know it is going to keep getting harder. We are going to have to step it up one more against St. Ed. Yeah, they are not having the year they are used to having, but it is still St. Ed. We have to keep climbing the ladder.”


River started off with a 10-goal win over a Blue Division team (Bay), followed by a lower Red (Trinity) and now is challenged with an elite Red North Division foe in the 11-time state champion Eagles.


“We just have to play our game and not make too many mistakes and we should have a shot at it,” Cogan said.


Ross Gilmour closed out the scoring with a Trinity goal in the third that was assisted by Cody Sherrill.

Defending state hockey champ 

University School starts out 

tournament with blow-out win over 


Feb. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT – Defending state champion University School made it look easy, winning its sectional semifinal game here today in the college’s rink, 11-0, over Blue Central Division champion Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.


Matt Wipper whipped up a hat trick to lead the scoring onslaught that forced the game to end after two periods.



 Sam Turban, Ryan Demsey, Andrew Preiser, Graham Harding, Matt DeGulis, Connor Clemens, Alex Stefanski, and Ian Robertson also scored goals.


Kevin DeGulis had a playmaker to lead the assists brigade. Ian Robertson and Clemens each had two assists.  Ben Strnisha, Sam Turban, Joey Ryder, and Andrew Preiser also had assists.

US coach Bill Beard



 Jessie Hill had 4 Saves and Jonah Savitt 16 Saves for  CVCA.

Walsh "V" Connection registers pair 

of playmakers, four goals; 

Wright plays hat trick as Warriors 

advance in Kent hockey sectionals

Feb. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT – George Wright’s hat trick led a 10-goal explosion as No. 3 seed Walsh Jesuit bounced Nordonia from the sectionals, 10-0, today here on its home ice in the college’s ice arena.



The Walsh V Connection -- Victor Levasseur and Vince Gaglione – each scored two goals to complement Wright. Colin

Marshall, Greg Shupe, and Reece Pavlovich lit the lamp.

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Gaglione and Levasseur each had a playmaker, while Wright, Scott Young, Nate Myeroff, Peter Myeroff, Jud Holiday, Derek Allman, Marshall, and Ben Romanski each had one assist.













North Olmsted staves off late 

EC rally, Oravets one-period hat

trick to advance to sectional finals

Feb. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber






BROOKLYN – North Olmsted advanced to a sectional high school hockey championship game with today’s 6-4 win over Elyria Catholic in a sectional semifinal here in the John Coyne Recreation Center.


The Eagles (21-8-1) will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between Padua and Midview in the sectional title game a week from today here. EC closes out at 19-11-3.


In a first period that included a combined six penalties, North Olmsted held a 2-1 edge in goals with two periods to play.


The Eagles, Red Division East champions, wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard when Mike Minch skated past both the red and second blue line and went one-on-one with EC goalie Andrew Field and beat him for the score at 0:50. Kyle Swansegar earned the assist.


Thirty-two seconds after a cross checking call on the Eagles, the Panthers made it 1-1 with a power-play goal by Justin Saunders that was assisted by Brent Zifcak at 1:58.


After huge scramble in front of the EC net and several swats at the puck by North Olmsted attackers, the Eagles took a 2-1 lead at 12:09 on an unassisted goal by Mikey Konyesni.


The penalty situation was toned down in the second period, getting cut in half to three. Also, North Olmsted made its move to break open the game, scoring a pair of goals to make it4-1.

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After a tripping penalty on EC, North Olmsted scored its first power-play goal at 9:53 with Minch tallying for the second time and Konyesni and Sean McBride assisting.

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Chad Cullinan scored his second goal of the season at 11:27 to make ti 4-1. Minch and Ryan Sutton assisted.


“On the first goal I got a good pass from Kyle and just knew we had to get the scoring going; it was a good rebound off the goalie’s pads and right to me,” Minch said. “I was given the goal on the second one but Casey Jones really scored it. Then I saw Chad open on the third goal and just passed it to him.”

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The Panthers made it interesting on the strength of a one-period hat trick by Brad Oravets. The three-third period goals by Oravets made it a 5-4 game, but the Eagles’ penalty kill in the final three minutes preserved the victory.


“We needed to bring our A game in order to win this,” said EC coach Dave Phiel. “We did not play well in the second period. We didn’t have a shot the first eight minutes of the second. Had we played three periods, it might have been a different story. It was a spirited effort by our guys to come back in the third like that after being in a 4-1 hole.


On a carry-over power play from the second period due to a cross checking call on the Eagles, EC made it 4-2 at 0:46 of the third on an Oravets power-play goal assisted by Kevin Andrews and Pat DeSouza.


Oravets then made it a one-goal game at 8:44 with an assist from Saunders. Then the Eagles took advantage of an interference penalty on EC with Casey Jones scoring a power-play goal that was assisted by Swansegar and Sutton at 9:48, making it 5-3.


EC got a big break when holding and tripping penalties on North Olmsted 58 seconds apart of each other put the Panthers in a 5-on-3 power play.


“I thought he was going to pull his goalie and go 6-on-3,” said North Olmsted coach Tim Murphy. “We were worried about their power play, which is strong. We did a good job against it. It is always a great game when we play, especially here in the sectionals, which seems like it is every year now.”


EC did get the 5-on-3 goal when Oravets made it 5-4 with a tally at 12:26. James Baker and Zifcak assisted.


The Panther deflation came when Swansegar pick pocketed the puck at the EC blue line and went in for the short-hand goal at 13:42.


“I was not surprised to take the puck from him but I was surprised that he fell down after I had the puck,” Swansegar said. “I just saw the goal and skated for the net and took the shot.”

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North Olmsted knocked Padua out of the playoffs last year.


“We believe it could be done again,” Murphy said. “We know that EC beat them at least once this year, so that should give us some confidence.”


Padua is seeded second in this tournament.

Lake Catholic advances in Kent 

sectional hockey tourney with routing 

of Roosevelt Rough Riders

Feb. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT – Kent Roosevelt was able to avoid getting 10-goal ruled, but was not able to extend it season as No, 4 seed Lake Catholic advanced to the sectional finals in the Kent high school hockey district tourney today here at the college, 11-2.


Andrew Gazdak and Kevin Bruss each scored two goals while John Bauccu, Matt London, Zach Johnson, Tommy Michals, Ryan Kucera, Jeremy Pittsenberger, and Brad Rosser each scored one.

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Bauccu had a playmaker to lead the assist crew while Michals and Rosser each had two assists. Matt London, Ryan Miller, Anthony Nalipa, Devon Jividen, Dave Reed, Nigel Bennett. Zach Johnson, and Corbin Hartory each had one assist.


Getting the Kent goals were Bill Peachey and Ben Bisler. Bisler and Alex Gaj had the assists.

Mayfield tied after one period, but No. 

5 seed Red Raiders leave Wildcats in 

the red in goals after three periods

Feb. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT –  Baron Cup III champion Mayfield was able to stay with Red Division power Shaker for one period, skating off tied 1-1, but eventually went down in defeat, 6-2, as the Red Raiders advanced to next weekend’s sectional championship game.


Sam Clellan and John Longman each scored two goals to charge the Red Raider offensive effort. Aaron Goodman and Raphael Gobidas score the other goals.



The assists crew was led by Harry Williams, who notched a playmaker. Gobidas and Peter Shenk each added two assists. Sam Buddenbaum, Clellan, and Branden Henning were also in on goals with assists.



Joe Wilson and Anthony Krueger scored the Wildcats’ goals.  Christian Verde assisted on both goals and  Joe Covotta on one of them.