The Middies’ offense came up with six goals in the second period with four players scoring and six players registering assists in an 8-3 Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Blue West beatdown at North Park.
Brock Behler had three goals and one assist, Austin Steindl two goals and five assists, K.C. Kudela a pair of goals, and defenseman Brad Urig a goal and two assists to go with a tremendous night on defense.
The Middies (9-3, 4-2) needed the big second period after a lackluster effort in the first that saw the Bulldogs forge a 1-1 tie on Steven Wilks’ goal with 10:10 on the clock. Behler opened the scoring just 1:22 into the game.
“We started moving the puck better,” Midview coach Rick Verlotti said. “In the first period we had individuals trying to do to do it themselves. If Austin can keep getting the rest of the team involved, that will be a big thing for us moving forward.”
Steindl scored twice in the second period and assisted on three other goals as the Middies all but put the game away.
Kudela started the barrage with an unassisted goal after wrapping around the back of the net and beating Olmsted Falls goalie Chris Polcar for a 2-1 lead with 12:52 left in the second.
Steindl scored just 32 seconds later, but that was answered by the Dogs’ Jacob Norman on a power-play goal to cut the lead to 3-2.
Falls wouldn’t score again the rest of the period, while the Middies played share-the-puck, scoring four times in the next seven-and-a-half minutes.
Steindl scored off assists by Manny Ceja and Brad Urig at 9:32. That was followed by a Behler score off assists from Jacob Hack and Steindl at 7:45, capping a possession that lasted nearly a minute.
“We have not done a very good job of moving the puck lately,” Ceja said. “We picked up our heads today and finally started seeing the lanes opening up.”
Urig scored 29 seconds later from the blue lines, getting assists from Steindl and Behler, and Kudela ended the second period with a power-play goal off assists from Ceja and Steindl.
“We really have to start coming out stronger in the first period,” Behler said. “We got the chemistry going in the second period and we got the passes going with each other.
“We just were able to find all the open guys around the net. We’ve been working hard in practice, keeping the puck in our offensive zone, cycling around the net and giving ourselves a chance to score.”
While the offense was clicking, Urig and Jacob Schneider were cutting off Olmsted Falls’ scoring chances by challenging the puck and laying out to block shots.
Freshman goalie Jarred Meredith stopped 20 of 22 shots. He gave way to Liz Ternes, who stopped one of two shots after the game went to a running clock with the Middies up by six.
Midview 8, Olmsted Falls 3
FIRST PERIOD: (M) Brock Behler (Austin Steindl, Brad Urig), 13:38; (OF) Steven Wilks (Jeremy Polcar, Joey Egan), 10:10. Penalties – (M) Jacob Schneider (cross-check), 4:56; (M) Urig (tripping), 0:04.
SECOND PERIOD: (M) K.C. Kudela (unassisted), 12:52; (M) Steindl (unassisted) SH, 12:34; (OF) Jacob Norman (Egan) PP, 11:58; (M) Steindl (Manny Ceja, Urig), 9:32; (M) Behler (Jacob Hack, Steindl), 7:45; (M) Urig (Steindl, Behler), 7:16; (M) Kudela (Ceja, Steindl) PP, 2:09. Penalties – (M) Ceja (goalie interference), 12:34; (M) Kyle Kudela (elbow), 6:51; (OF) Norman (tripping), 6:12; (M) Ceja (boarding), 5:54; (OF) Egan (tripping), 5:01; (OF) Norman (charging), 3:38.
THIRD PERIOD: (M) Behler (Steindl, Kyle Kudela), 8:39; (OF) Wilks, (Norman, Jeremy Polcar), 3:59. Penalties – (OF) Polcar (tripping), 10:46.
Olmsted Falls 1 1 1 — 3
Midview 1 6 1 — 8
Shots on goal: Midview 38 (8-16-14), Olmsted Falls 24 (12-10-2). Goalies: Midview Jared Meredith (22 shots, 20 saves), Liz Ternes (2 shots, 1 save); Olmsted Falls: Chris Polcar (38 shots, 30 saves). Power-play opportunities: Midview 1-4, Olmsted Falls 1-4.
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