A Page -- Jan 17, 2010


Lancers win four straight in 

Bethel Park, PA to get into 

today's title game of MLK

hockey tourney; fall in double 

shootout in final

Jan 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor






Gilmour Academy’s varsity A hockey team is currently playing in the championship game today of the Bethel Park MLK Holiday Tournament. The Lancers stormed through the tournament the past two days with four wins in four games to get in the title tilt before losing in a double shootout and settling for second.


The Lancers went into this afternoon’s game 18-11 after starting off the weekend 14-11.


In Game One, host Bethel Park was blanked by Gilmour Academy, 5-0.


GA took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Matt Grider goal with assists coming from Brian Anton and Nathan Burke at1:24.


It stood that way until Eddie Asher scored a shorthanded goal with passes from Spencer Antunez and Chris Deming at 3:55 of the 2nd.

Third period insurance goals were scored by Matt Panzo from Asher, Antunez from Deming and Panzo, and Thomas Crabtree from Brad Baker. The latter two were power-play goals, making it three of five goals scored on special teams for the game.

To get the GA shutout in goal, Graham Boduszek made 17 saves on 17 shots. The Lancers doubled the shut output of BP with 35 on goal.


Then in the second game, the Lancers took Serra Catholic, 4-1. Again, Gilmour took a 1-0 lead in the first that held up into the second. Baker scored in the first with an assist from Gordon Wells. Asher scored his first of two goals with passes from Spencer and Panzo in the sixth minute of the 2nd period.


Asher scored again with an assist from Panzo, but the Father Serra made it 3-1 with a goal in the 11th minute of the third. Wells added the final goal in  the final minutes with assists from Grider and Alex Haluska.


GA coach John Malloy put Oliver Flesher in goal for this one. He made 8 saves on 9 shots. The Lancers took 42 shots.


In order to get to the semifinals, the Lancers had to win their third game into a shootout, which they did, 6-5, over Downington East.


In this one, the Lancers did not have their first lead until the second period. After being down 1-0 in the first, Anton tied it in the sixth minute of the period with a goal. After East got the lead back moments later, Antunez tied it at two with help from linemates Panzo and Asher.


East grabbed back a 3-2 lead before GA scored three consecutive goals to take a 5-3 lead. 3. Anton scored first from Jordan Robinson and Baker, followed by Panzo on a penalty shot and Asher on power play.


East sent it into overtime on a pair of third period goals.


It went straight to a shootout that went as follows: Boduszek makes a stop, Wells scores, Boduszek makes another stop, Panzo scores, DE scores, Antunez scores, Boduszek makes a third stop and GA wins.


Boduszek stopped 34 of 39 shots, which was one fewer shots than GA took.


In the semis, Gilmour Academy blanked North Allegheny, 3-0, by scoring a goal in each period. Asher scored with an assist from Burke with 4:09 left in the 1st, Deming made it 2-0 unassisted at 5:08 of the 2nd, and Wells scored the insurance tally with passes from Grider and Burke late in the 3rd

Boduszek saved 28 of 28 shots

“We are getting some needed production from our offense and playing pretty well defensively,” Malloy said.

Three periods, one overtime, 

eight shooters in penalty shot 

contest, Lancers fall a bounce 

short in final game in Bethel 


Jan 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





Gilmour’s hockey team showed great dominance in round-robin play highlighted by stiff goaltending, a shutout semifinal victory and tenacity in the finals before falling in a long drawn out shoot out.


Down 3-0 after two periods in the title game against Upper St. Clair, the Lancers scored three goals in the third to tie it up.


After going one period of overtime with no winner yet determined, the Lancers had to go to a 5 man shoot out. None of either team’s first four players scored as both goalies, Graham Boduszek for GA and Ken Wregget Jr.(Wregget’s dad was an NHL goaltender) for USC, were playing brilliantly.


Brian Anton scored for the Lancers as their fifth shooter and then their fifth shooter also scored. Two more shooters went and again the goalies were up to the task.


Finally after Gilmour’s eighth player went, their eighth shooter scored on a nice goal for the victory.


“All in all it was a very good championship game,” Gilmour coach John Malloy said.

The GA goal scorers in the third were Eddie Asher from Chris Deming and Zach Buehner at 4:26. Then at 5:51 Spencer Antunez scored with an assist from Matt Panzo. At 1:38 of the third, Panzo scored an empty net.


Unfortunately with a minute left in the third, the Lancers scored again on a completely open net, but the puck hit the back pad and came right out and the goal did not count.


“Neither ref was in position to see it,” Malloy said. “Those things happen. It wasn’t their fault. Sometimes it comes down to obscured views of angles and not really bad calls.”

Graham was brilliant,” the coach added about his tender. Boduszek was standing on his head nearly, making 28 of 31 saves during the game and then another 6 of 8 for the shoot out.


The GA offense got in gear as the game moved on. The Lancers ended up with 34 shots on net at the end of the third, even though they had only had five shots in the first.


“We just came out very flat to start the game,” Malloy said.

Warriors and Rocky River 

advance to tomorrow's 

championship game of the 

Walsh Jesuit Invitational Hockey 

Tournament in Kent

Jan 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT – Host Walsh Jesuit and Rocky River will be playing in the championship game Walsh High School Hockey Invitational at 7 tomorrow night here in the Kent State Ice Arena after both finished up 3-0 today.


In its final round-robin game today, Walsh blanked North Canton Hoover, 9-0, while the Pirates dropped Chagrin Falls, 5-1. Both teams also won first round games Friday and second round games yesterday.


The Warriors (13-6-1) have given up only one goal in the tournament. They also beat Holy Name, 6-0, and Shaker Heights, 3-1.


“We’ve been spreading around the scoring a lot,” said Walsh coach Billy Switaj. “We’ve been getting a lot of guys in and giving our third and fourth lines some time so a lot of guys have been helping out on the goals.”


The Pirates (20-4) were also 9-0 winners over Aurora and 3-2 victors in an exciting one over Red East leader Hudson. The Pirates are six points ahead of second-place Brecksville in the White West.


In other games, Hudson beat Chagrin, 3-2, Chagrin blanked Aurora, 3-0, and Shaker nicked Hoover, 5-4.


“It has been a good tournament all around,” said Switaj. “We just have to keep playing as well as we have at both ends of the ice.”


Broadview’s Sharon 

Rymut, W. Reserve's Lainey 

Kekic help Ohio Wesleyan take 

second at Capital’s 

Mike Houk Invitational

Rocky River’s David

Kolakowski takes second

for Witt men in his college

pole vaulting debut; Regina's

Kuerbitz places for Tiger




Jan. 17, 2010


By Keri Alexander Luchowski  

WESTLAKE -- The Ohio Wesleyan women (128.83) finished second of nine teams behind Otterbein (184). OWU junior Lainey Kekic (Canfield, OH/Western Reserve) won the high jump by clearing 4-11 3/4 and added a third in the 200-meter dash.

[ Lainey Kekic ]

Lainey Kekic

Senior Sharon Rymut (Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) won the weight throw with a throw of 43-10. 

[ Sharon Rymut ]

Sharon Rymut

WITTENBERG freshman David Kolakowski (Rocky River, OH/Rocky River) made his debut in red & white garb with a second-place finish in the pole vault. Kolakowski was a four-time state placer for the Pirates.


Catherine Kuerbitz (Cleveland, OH/Regina) placed third in the 500-meter run for the Wittenberg women.

Another Eagle-Wildcat 

classic has St. Ignatius 

bettering St. Edward for 

title in Bulldog Invite

Jan 17, 2010



By Norm Weber


For the second year in a row St. Ignatius and St. Edward wound up meeting in the finals of the Bulldog Invitational in Meadville, PA this weekend.


Also for the second year in a row, St. Ignatius came out the winner, taking the Eagles, 4-2, today in the championship game. The Wildcats (19-5-3) are now 2-0 against the Eagles this season with the next meeting between the two schools scheduled for Jan 31 in Brooklyn.


Iggy beat LaSalle and Eds topped Mt. Lebanon by identical 3-0 scores to get back into the title game against each other.


Check tomorrow’s (Jan 18) A Page for full write-up of tournament.





Amherst gets into Southwestern 

Conference Hockey Tournament 

championship game with 3-1 win 

over North Olmsted today; 

Brecksville looks to make it three 

in a row

Jan 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor






NORTH OLMSTED – In what is the best year so far in the history of the Amherst High School hockey program, the Comets have earned their way into the championship game of the Southwestern Conference championship with today’s 3-1 win over North Olmsted here at the N.O. Recreation Center.


The Comets, who earlier this year won the Lorain County Tournament championship, will play at 3 tomorrow here against Brecksville, the two-time defending SWC champs, which beat North Olmsted, 2-0, after coming through the losers’ bracket this morning and winning in double overtime, 3-2, over Olmsted Falls.


The Bees topped North Olmsted for the championship last year.


Today the Comets did it with sound defense based not necessarily on a lot of forechecking or backchecking since they give away a lot of size to the Eagles, but just by pinching on defense and cycling out the puck when any threats might have presented themselves in their own zone.


“We’re not big enough to do it with a lot of checking,” said Amherst coach Steve Morris, who played college hockey at Miami (circa 1983). “Because we can’t be that physical, we just try to take off the angles instead of taking them with the body. We’d like to check, but we do a better job of getting into good positions to angle them off and not allowing them many quality shots.


“North Olmsted has the size to knock down people so we go the other way with it. When it works, it’s good. When it doesn’t work, it is not very good.”


The Eagles had few squarer-on shots on the Comets’ sophomore goalie Eli Branscum, who shut the door on the Eagles for the final 44:29 of the game after letting up an unassisted goal to Sean McBride at the 31 second mark of the game.


“Our goaltender did well, we played well defensively and we did a good job of getting it in deep,” Morris said. “It was a good game overall by both teams. We just had the last bounce go our way.”


Amherst was perfect on the penalty kill, dousing all three Eagle power-play opportunities. The North Olmsted defense was not too shabby either, going a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.


The 1-0 North Olmsted lead lasted for almost six minutes until Shawn Hunt scored at 6:15 of the first period on a rush to the net that involved Drew Ashton and Kyle Bilancini, both of who picked up assists on the goal.


The game-winning goal came off the stick of Jaron Smith at 10:56 of the first period. Smith took the puck straight toward Eagle goalie Dan McBride, skating between the circles but then losing the puck. Ryan Orseno picked it up, flicked it to Steve Stropko, who pushed it to Smith, who in turn stuffed it past McBride.


The overall strong defense the game produced became very evident in the second period when the two clubs managed only a combined eight shots on goal in 15 minutes.


“They were the better team today, winning most of the key battles and not giving us many chances.” North Olmsted coach Tim Murphy said. “We’ve been short a few players. We have a few guys who are sick.”


The Amherst was in the Blue Division in the first couple years of the program in the earlier part of this century, including one year when it won 30 games. When the Greater Cleveland League brought back the White Division three years ago, the Comets were perfect for it.


“It was not doing us much good winning games 10-1; I’d rather lose 4-3,” Morris said. “We took some of the best teams and put them in the White and now we have a lot of competition among ourselves and with some of the Red teams.”

Hunt added an open net goal in the final minute.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees

Kyle O'Donnell's goal gives 

Brecksville double overtime win 

over Olmsted Falls and trip into 

SWC championship semifinal 


Jan 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor






NORTH OLMSTED – For the fourth time this season, Kyle O’Donnell scored a game-winning goal in overtime, but today it kept Brecksville’s Southwestern Conference championship hopes alive.


O’Donnell scored at 5:24 of the second sudden-death overtime period this morning in a lower bracket game for a 3-2 victory, eliminating Olmsted Falls from the championship track, and breathing new life into the Bees, the two-time defending SWC champs. Brecksville was playing North Olmsted tonight for the rights to face Amherst in tomorrow’s 3 o’clock championship game at the NO Rec Center here.


Matt Iwaszkiw and Tony O’Neil assisted on the game-winning tally.


Tony O'Neil

“It was a nice comeback by us, but nice and stressful,” said Brecksville coach Danny Holden, whose team has been playing without two of his best defensemen. “It was like trudging through the mud.”


Also O’Neil was missing yesterday when the Bees took it on the chin from a surging Amherst outfit, 3-0.


Brecksville took at 14:52 of the first period on a goal by Iwaszkiw that was assisted by Andrew Bell and Kevin Allen.


The lead stood until 10:19 of the second when a power play goal Cory Daugherty tied it. Eddie Gerus assisted the goal the sent a bolt into the Bulldogs who then quickly took the lead at 10:44 Collin Brady goal that was assisted by Erik Kolar.


Ryan Iwaszkiw tied it at 1:11 of the third with an assist from his brother Matt. The Bees have four sets of brothers on their team.

 Matt Iwaszkiw

The Bees had a power play that started at 14:20 of the third that carried over into the first OT and then the Dogs had a power-play after a short 4-on-4, but nothing materialized through the special teams for either team.


This was the third time the Bees beat the Dogs this year and all three were one-goal affairs. They have at least one more meeting this season. The Dogs were playing Avon Lake for fifth place in the SWC this afternoon.


“It is hard playing the same team over and over,” Holden said. “You catch some heat on it after a while.”

Elyria Catholic's Hockey team 

makes computer look silly with 

big weekend at Titan Invitational

Jan 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





With three Red North teams in a high school hockey tournament, there is a good chance that a Cleveland area team will get into the championship game of any such tournament anywhere in Ohio.


That is exactly what happened in the Titan Invitational in the Toledo area this weekend. The only thing is that the area team that made it to today’s championship game was not a Red North team.


Instead, Elyria Catholic from the Red South, won more games in the Titan than defending state champ University School and 2006 state champ Padua combined and advanced to the championship game against Toledo St. Francis, which is ranked No. 1 in Ohio in the computer poll and No. 2 in the coaches’ poll.


The Panthers went up on the Knights 2-0 and held on after one period, but then were outshot in the final two periods, 40-2, to settle for runners up honors.


In round-robin games, EC went 2-0-1, Padua 0-2-1 and US 1-1-1. Lake Catholic went 2-0-1, but was in the same grouping as St. Francis and just missed advancing to play North Coast League foe EC in the title game.


EC was a 5-3 winner over Padua, a nemesis in NCL tournaments annually, and tied Toledo St. John, the 2007 state champions.


In the state computer poll, US is ranked second right behind St. Frank, while Padua is fourth, St. John eighth, Lake Catholic 11th, and Moeller, which was also in the Titan, 23rd.


EC, which came into the weekend 14-6-1, was ranked a modest 25th.

It will be interesting to see what the computer does next week.


Look for a full story on the tournament later tonight or early in the morning after midnight right here at S/A-Cleveland from staff writer Mike Haszto.

The Clock Struck 12 on EC's 

Jan 17, 2010

By Mike Haszto
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 (Sylvania)- In a most improbable weekend for the EC Panther hockey team, the Cinderella clock struck twelve on them two periods too early during theChampionship of the Titan Invitational hockey tournament in Sylvania.  Hosted by Toledo St. John's and including five of the eight schools ranked in the top twelve, and seven ranked in the top 25 of the state computer rankings, Elyria Catholic looked to improve on their eighth place finish last year, but realized it would be quite a challenge.
     Grouped in a bracket with state #4 Padua, #6 St. John's, and #23 Cincinnati Moeller, the 25th ranked Panthers realized every game would be a battle.  And it was.
     Missing three of their right wingers, one of which was their leading goal scorer, due to sickness and injury, they took on Padua first on Friday night.  To say the game was physical would be a gross understatement.  And to say the game was squeaky clean would be a gross overstatement.  Overall, fifteen penalties were whistled, eight of which went to the Panthers.
     Padua opened the scoring at 3:50 of the first period.  Keeping in step with the Bruins, Justin Saunders notched the first of his six goals in the tournament to draw even at the 5:00 minute mark.  Brad Oravets assisted on the even strength goal.  Padua answered back at 10:21 with a power play goal, and hung on for a 2-1 lead after one period.  Padua owned the advantage in shots at 15-9.
     Coach Dave Phiel must have had some words of wisdom between periods as the Panthers transformed themselves into an opportunistic team.  Although out shot 16-6 in the second period, EC beat Padua's number one net minder for two tallies in taking a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.  EC's Saunders scored his second of the game off a Cody Toboz feed at 7:04, and Captain Pat DeSouza stuffed in a James Baker rebound at 10:05 with a shorthanded goal.  During that period, EC killed off four penalties.
     The third period was also dominated by Padua in shots, 23-6, but again EC made the most of their opportunities.  Toboz stretched the Panther lead to 4-2, one timing a rebound off a Mitch Haszto shot from the right point on the power play.  Saunders started the play at 9:10 winning the faceoff back to Haszto.  With under two minutes left in the game, Padua pulled their goalie Goebel for a sixth attacker.  EC's Oravets made them pay by shooting a laser from mid-ice into the empty net for a 5-2 lead.  Padua would finish the scoring with a goalmouth scramble goal with fourty-six seconds left.  Overall shots were 54-21 Padua in the upset.
     The Panther's second game of the tourney came against St. John's.  No one knew if EC would suffer a letdown from their huge victory over Padua.  The Panthers caused some anxious moments, but the letdown never came this game.  As with the Padua game, EC fell behind 2-1 after the first period.  EC's Justin Saunders opened the scoring at 3:53 off passes from Toboz and Oravets.  St. John's control of the play became evident toward the end of the period, tallying twice for their advantage...the first at 10:04 and the second at 14:36.  The second one appeared to sour the emotions of the Panthers at the time, but again, the first intermission proved to be a turning point.
     Coming out in the second period and skating with the Titans stride for stride, the Panthers capitalized on a power play opportunity at 7:05, and once again it was Saunders who crammed home a shot off a Brent Zifcak shot toward the net.  After two periods, the Titans owned a 24-16 shots advantage but were tied at 2-2.
     It must be noted that although several Panthers have been mentioned several times beforehand, it was the work of their goalie, senior Andrew Field, and some clutch defense that kept the scores as tight as they were.  The third period became a Field highlight reel, stopping 16 of 17 shots fired his way, several of them frompoint blank range, and the final shot caught with a lightening quick glove with eight seconds left.  In between those masterful saves, St. John's took a loose puck at their blue line on a penalty kill, and skated with the speed of light past two Panthers with the only blemish on Field's score sheet in the period to take a 3-2 lead at 7:15.  EC was down but not out.  Exercising a little Panther magic, the power play found themselves again opportunistic with 2:01 remaining in the game.  Cody Toboz directed a goalmouth scramble shot into the left side of the net, willing it home for the tie.  James Baker and Saunders assisted.  EC was out shot 41-20 on the game.
     Two games against Ohio powerhouses...a win and a tie.  Cincinnati Moeller was up next, a power from the southwest quadrant of the state.
     Writing up a new blueprint for this game, EC came out opportunistic right away, getting to the Moeller Crusaders for two quick goals twenty one seconds apart.  EC's Zifcak lobbed in an off speed shot from the upper slot for the early lead at 2:53.  At 3:14, Panther freshman Nate Wilkie scored his first varsity goal by ramming home a rebound off a James Baker shot.  The Panthers had a 2-0 lead after one period, though Moeller picked up the pace and started controlling play later into the period.
     EC's grit and determination won out after the lead was narrowed to 2-1 just 4:19 into the second period.  The game was the cleanest by far up to that point, but proved to be an energetic up and down skating game, testing the conditioning of EC.
     The third period was a carbon copy of the second for the first thirteen minutes.  EC  was hanging on to a 2-1 lead, but then the Crusaders pulled their goaltender and hit pay dirt at 13:11, tying the score and damaging the chances of an EC championship match-up...temporarily.  Forty six seconds later, Brad Oravets proved the hero with a strong backhander through the pads of Moeller's goalie for the winning goal.  Cody Toboz notched the assist.  Shots were a little more even this game at 28-23 Moeller.  It should be noted their were only four penalties the whole game, just one by EC.
     On Sunday, EC awaited patiently for their championship tip with the state's top ranked team in St. Francis.  Three consolation games prior to the championship face off pushed the game over an hour late. 
     The first period was opportunity knocking for the Panthers again.  Even though the Knight's physical play was taking a toll with a 12-7 shots advantage and wearing down of the Panthers, EC's Saunders stood tall in recording both goals scored in the period.  Both coming on power plays, Oravets and Pat DeSouza assisted on the first just 2:12 into the game, and Zifcak and Toboz had the helpers on the second one at 12:26.  The Knights were clearly a frustrated team after that first period, muttering all the way back to their locker room.  The Panthers were an exhausted bunch, nursing an assortments of bumps and bruises.  Did the Panthers have enough for the upset?  The mindsets were all focused, and the determination there...
     As the Panthers awaited the second stanza, this time it was the St. Francis coach barking out some inspiration...after all, one doesn't become a 23-1 team without facing some adversity and them overcoming it.  The second period turned into a penalty fest (the first period had five already), with nine infractions invoked and one game misconduct.  The Knights took advantage of two of those EC penalties and waltzed out of the period scoring six times on twenty two shots.  It appeared as though the glass slipper shattered on EC, but they refused to quit.  A 22-2 shots tally was evidence though that the EC Cinderella weekend was in jeopardy.
     The third period had some spirited play left in the Panthers, though once again the tanks ran dry as the period progressed.  Another six penalties were charted, and another two goals by the Knights during their 20-2 shots advantage to close the game.  Overall shots were 54-11.
     EC held their heads high as they skated off the ice at Tam-o-Shanter in Sylvania with the runner-up trophy...it appeared as though the Panthers (16-7-2) came in as a team with a mission, and came out a much stronger team who stretched their game and realized the potential that exists within them.  Time will tell just how far they can go the rest of the season...

Padua,  US and Lake Catholic 

at Titan ...

Padua had their challenges at the tournament, coming away winless.  Other than the 5-3 setback to EC, the Bruins tied Moeller 1-1, and St. John's 4-4.

In their consolation game for 5th place, they lost to University School.Lake Catholic secured two wins during the weekend, besting US 5-4 and Cincinnati St Xavie 10-0.  They fell to St. Francis 6-1, and to St. John's 7-6 in overtime for afourth place finish.

University School was defeated by St Francis 3-1 and Lake catholic 5-4, yet walloped St. Xavier 9-0.  They beat Padua for fifth place.