ELYRIA — Midview came back from a tough weekend to bounce shorthanded Elyria Catholic 9-0 Sunday in Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League play.
The Panthers are skating with only 10 players this year, so it was a huge blow to have Jacob Ritzic and leading scorer David Kukucka on the bench. That left Elyria Catholic with just eight healthy skaters and goalie Luke Farmer.
Farmer did his best against the Middies, stopping 56 shots, but it wasn’t enough. Midview outshot the Panthers 33-0 in the first period alone in building a 5-0 lead in their White West Division game. They finished with a 66-7 advantage in shots on goal.
The quick start was something Midview (8-7, 3-2) needed to get back on track after sluggish starts Friday against North Canton Hoover and Saturday against Westlake, both of which ended in losses.
“We needed to come out ready to play after not doing that our last two games,” said Middies senior Jacob Lyons, who scored once and had three assists.
“We had a different attitude and needed to get a win to get us back on track. We were able to relax a little and have some fun.”
It was Elyria Catholic (0-8, 0-4) that couldn’t relax in the first period.
Freshman Carl Fischer started the scoring less than three minutes into the game and that was followed by a Mackie Eichenlaub score that went low to the right of Farmer just minutes later.
Lyons added his 13th goal of the year at the 8:14 mark and Jacob Schnieder and Jake Behler scored 31 seconds apart at 3:12 and 2:41. Schneider’s score came on a Kyle Kudela assist and Behler’s came off the sticks of Fischer and Lyons for a 5-0 lead.
“We came out and did what we had to do to win the game,” Midview coach Rick Verlotti said. “We know that EC is short and now they’re missing some of their best players, so that really hurts them.
“The kids realize who has and hasn’t scored, so it was nice to see the kids moving the puck around to get their teammates some goals that haven’t scored much this year.”
Kyle Nagel and Kudela added goals in the second period to make it seven goals from seven players for the Middies.
Behler became the only multigoal scorer with a goal at 1:08 of the second period for an 8-0 lead.
Midview spent a good portion of the third trying to get the puck to freshman Jimmy Boesch so he could get his first varsity goal and he was able to accomplish that at 13:18 of the third to finish up the scoring.
Boesch got the game puck for scoring for the first time.
“We didn’t show up to play in the first period,” Panthers coach Rick Montgomery said. “In the second and third period we came out and played like we were playing for something. That’s something the kids will have to do better as they learn how to play this game.”
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Midview 9, Elyria Catholic 0
FIRST PERIOD: (M) Carl Fischer (Jake Behler, Zach Schneider), 12:16, Mackie Eichenlaub (Jacob Schneider), 9:45, Jacob Lyons (Jacob Hack), 8:14, Jacob Schneider (Kyle Kudela), 3:12, Behler (Fischer, Lyons), 2:41. Penalties — (EC) Will Gentry (hoolking), 0:09.
SECOND PERIOD: (M) Z. Schneider (Lyons), PP, 13:44, (M) Kudela (Tommy Coon), 3:07, Behler (Trevor Perkins, 1:08. Penalties — (EC) Josh Laubenthal (hooking), 0:01.
THIRD PERIOD: (M) Jimmy Boesch (Lyons), PP, 13:18. Penalties — (M) Coon (slashing), 8:45.
Midview 5 3 1 — 9
Elyria Catholic 0 0 0 — 0
Shots on goal: Midview 66 (33-16-17), Elyria Catholic 23 (0-5-2). Goalies: (M) Jared Meredith (7 shots, 7 saves), Elyria Catholic Luke Farmer (66 shots, 56 saves). Power-play opportunities: Midview 2-2, Elyria Catholic 0-1.