Avon became the last remaining area team alive in the Brooklyn district hockey tournament with a convincing 11-1 win Saturday over Bay. The Eagles will meet Holy Name, the ninth-ranked team in the state, next Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Eagles became the lone local survivor after Westlake dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 decision to Strongsville in double overtime on Ben Andreski’s power-play score at 7:36.
Avon (28-4-1) wasted little time jumping all over the short-handed Rockets (8-22) — they had just nine skaters — as senior Alex Guzik (two goals, two assists) scored 15 seconds into the game.
“We wanted to come out and take control early because it’s win-or-go-home time,” Guzik said. “We stepped it up to take advantage of the situation to get comfortable in the first period.”
The comfort came by scoring seven goals in the first 15 minutes, including a hat trick by Joe Goetz to give him 17 goals on the year. Eric Novakovic also had three goals to raise his total to 60.
Goetz scored his first just 30 seconds after Guzik’s initial score for a 3-0 lead, and his third came at 1:13 for a 6-0 lead.
“Getting out to an early lead is always helpful,” Goetz said. “We were able to set up in their zone and control the puck. We’re going to have to skate hard and control the puck next week when we take on Holy Name.”
The only thing in doubt was Bay getting on the board and that happened at 5:13 of the second period when Nathan Cullinan poked a loose puck into the net.
There was plenty of scoring on both sides in the second game, but the Demons came out on the wrong end.
The Demons (17-9) fell behind 13 seconds into the game on a Noah Oblak goal that trickled across the goal line after slipping through the legs of Joe Guay.
Westlake bounced right back, scoring the next three goals. Chris Humer scored at 13:13 and 2:36 of the first period to go with an unassisted goal by Rudy Keppler at 8:35 of the second period.
Just when it looked like momentum was on the Demons’ side, the Mustangs came roaring back to knot the score at 4 going to the second intermission.
Stephen Supanich had a shot deflect off a stick to beat Guay to cut the Demons’ lead to 3-2, but Keppler answered with a power-play goal 14 seconds later to push the lead back to two.
Andreski and Kyle Suts scored in the final four minutes of the second period to tie the score at 4.
Strongsville (8-18-2) then took the lead early in the third when Cody Kurek chased down a puck that had been flipped out of the Demons’ offensive zone and scored top-shelf on a chance that looked just like a penalty shot.
Westlake seemed done in regulation, but Adam Sandor jammed home a loose puck with 13 seconds left with the Demons using a sixth attacker to force overtime.
“We kept fighting and found a way to get back in it,” Demons coach John Duke said. “We got out of our rhythm a little bit, but were able to get back into it in the third. It was just a tough break in the second overtime.”
Westlake outshot the Mustangs 7-0 in the first overtime, but Strongsville took advantage of a hooking call early in the second overtime when Andreski went top-shelf on a beautiful pass from Kurek.
“I couldn’t ask to skate with a better left wing,” Andreski said. “We were just put on a line together this past month and he gave me a great pass right on my stick.”
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Strongsville 6 Westlake 5
FIRST PERIOD: (S) Noah Oblak (Ben Andreski), 14:47, (W) Chris Humer (Paul Freedman), 13:13, (W) Humer (Freedman), 2:36. Penalties: (W) Rudy Keppler (elbowing), 9:10.
SECOND PERIOD: (W) Rudy Keppler (unassisted), 8:35, (S) Stephen Supanich (unassisted), 7:23, (W) Keppler (unassisted), PP, 7:03, (S) Ben Andreski (Nick Mendenhall, Cody Kurek), PP, 3:53, (S) Kyle Suts (unassisted), 0:36. Penalties: (S) Brian Wrorley (interference), (W) Keppler (hooking), 3:52, (W) Alex Miller (tripping), 2:46.
THIRD PERIOD: (S) Kurek (Jacob Krosky), 12:31, (W) Adam Sandor (Nate Greenburg), 0:13. Penalties: None.
1ST OVERTIME: Penalties: None
2ND OVERTIME: (S) Andreski (Kurek), 6:55. Penalties: (W) Adam Sandor (hooking), 7:36.
Strongsville 1 3 1 0 1 — 6
Westlake 2 2 1 0 0 — 5
Shots on goal: Strongsville 29 (8-13-7-0-1), Westlake 31 (11-10-8-0-2). Goalies: Strongsville: Mike Starr (31 shots, 26 saves), Westlake: Joe Guay (29 shots, 23 saves). Power-play opportunities: Strongsville 2-3, Westlake 1-1.
Avon 11, Bay 1
FIRST PERIOD: (A) Alex Guzik (Joe Goetz, Eric Novakovic), 14:45, (A) Goetz (Pat Baeder, Shane Docherty), 14:15, (A) Goetz (Jarret Greene, Paeder), 9:59, (A) Guzik (Novakovic), 9:33, (A) Novakovic (Baeder, Friss), 7:07, (A) Goetz (Guzik, Christian Hieronymous), 1:13, (A) Shane Docherty (Darren Certer, Novakovic), 0:45. Penalties: (B) Chris Gulley (interference), 7:07.
SECOND PERIOD: (A) Novakovic (unassisted), 6:30, (B) Nathan Cullinan (Tom Godenswager, John McLaughlin), 5:13, (A) Novakovic (Guzik, Baeder). Penalties: None.
THIRD PERIOD: (A) Novakovic (Friss), 11:44, (A) Docherty (unassisted), 11:12. Penalties: None.
Bay 0 1 0 — 1
Avon 7 2 2 — 11
Shots on goal: Bay 11 (3-8-0), Avon 50 (33-14-3). Goalies: Bay: Nate Best (50 shots, 39 saves), Avon: Eric Dechant (11 shots, 10 saves). Power-play opportunities: Bay 0-0, Avon 1-1.