September 23, 2014

Hazy sunshine

High school hockey notes: Avon Lake might have only one win, but just having a team makes this season a success

There are plenty of hockey teams that start the year with visions of Baron Cup or state playoff championships dancing in their head. Other teams just want to keep their hockey programs alive. Avon Lake falls into the latter category. It didn’t even know if it would have a team this season until several members Read More…

Hockey Notes: Westlake’s only female player mixes it up among the guys

Westlake’s Grace Jenkins slaps a shot toward the net during a recent practice.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

When this hockey season started, Westlake found itself in the upper Red Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League after the defection of several state-powers to start their own conference. It took the Demons a few weeks to find their legs, but now they are on a roll, winning 10 of 11 games Read More…

High school hockey: Olmsted Falls downs Parma behind Jacob Norman’s big game, pulls into tie for first in Blue West

Olmsted Falls' Joey Egan and Parma's Joe Gallo fight for control in the first period Sunday afternoon in Parma. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

PARMA — Forgive Parma coach Joe Gaudino if he never wants to see or speak of Olmsted Falls’ Jacob Norman again. Norman scored three times and had an assist Sunday as Falls beat the Redmen 6-4 at the James A. Ries Ice Arena to move into a first-place tie with them in the Blue West Read More…

High school hockey: Midview rights ship, beats shorthanded Elyria Catholic

Midview's Jacob Hack takes a shot on goal against Elyria Catholic goalie Luke Farmer in the first period Sunday afternoon at North Park Rec Sports Complex in Elyria. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

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 Read More…

Hockey: Westlake dominates in Red South Division victory

Westlake Alex Miller takes a shot on North Olmsted goalie Chase Cullinan on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Neither Mother Nature nor North Olmsted could stop Westlake in Greater Cleveland High School High League play Thursday afternoon at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. The Demons, braving the harsh weather and the rival Eagles, dominated action from start to finish in posting a 5-1 Red South Division victory. Statistics don’t always Read More…

High school hockey: Westlake’s power play pays off big

Avon’s Pat Baeder, right, applies defensive pressure to Westlake’s Chris Humer on Sunday. LINDA MUPRHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Avon ran out of power Sunday night against Westlake in a 5-2 loss in a non-conference game at the Hamilton Ice Arena. The Eagles have done well killing off over 70 percent of power plays this year, but the Demons scored four power-play goals with four different players the man-advantage to lead Read More…

High school hockey: Avon improves to 2-0 in own holiday tournament

Avon's Pat Baeder tries to work the puck by Olmsted Falls' Zach Sadowski. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Avon stayed red-hot — improving to 7-0-1 in its last eight games — with a 5-2 victory over Olmsted Falls in the second round of the Avon Holiday Tournament at North Olmsted Recreation Center. The Bulldogs had been equally hot — winning eight straight — before the Blue Division squad fell to Read More…

Hockey: Avon dominates Elyria Catholic at The Q

Avon's Pat Baeder and Elyria Catholic's David Kukucka battle for control of the puck. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Avon obviously enjoyed the experience of skating on the ice at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday afternoon. The 10-0 loss they hung on Elyria Catholic attests to that. But maybe part of the reason for the Eagles’ win was that they didn’t enjoy the experience too much. “I told the kids to look Read More…

High school hockey: Avon pulls away from North Olmsted with second-period flurry of goals

Avon's Neal Novotny moves the puck up the ice against North Olmsted's Shane Malinak in the first period Sunday afternoon at the North Olmsted Recreation Complex. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — In a game that lasts 45 minutes, it took Avon just 45 seconds to put away North Olmsted in a non-conference hockey matchup Sunday afternoon as Lorain County’s Eagles defeated Cuyahoga County’s Eagles 5-0 at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. Avon (4-2) was nursing a 1-0 lead after Eric Novakovic scored just Read More…

Hockey: Short-handed Elyria Catholic falls to Lakewood

Elyria Catholic's David Kukucka tries to get ahead of Lakewood's Cooper Strachan and Justin Eaton. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

  ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic may struggle on the ice this year with only eight skaters and it showed in Wednesday night’s 6-2 loss to Lakewood in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League opener for both clubs in the White West Division. The Panthers (0-2, 0-1) went up early, but then had no answer Read More…