October 23, 2014

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Baron Cup: Olmsted Falls’ rally not enough

Olmsted Falls' Steve Wilks and West Geauga's Tom Karlsson battle for control of the puck as Wilks skates toward the goal. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — Olmsted Falls put together a furious third-period rally in its Baron Cup III semifinal against Blue East champion West Geauga, but it just wasn’t enough. The Bulldogs fell 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Brooklyn Recreation Center. “The main thing we took away was our heart in the third period,” Bulldogs coach Brett Thompson Read More…

High school hockey: Joe Sefchik’s stellar play in goal ensures Avon gets by Hoover, heads to Baron Cup II title game

Avon goalie Joe Sefchik makes a save on a shot after Hoover's Dylan Onfy evades Avon's Dominic Bowlin. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — Not much can beat a hot goalie in the playoffs. Avon senior Joe Sefchik continued his solid run in the Baron Cup II playoffs Friday, allowing only a single goal as the Eagles posted a 2-1 win over North Canton Hoover at Brooklyn Recreation Center. Avon, 26-3-1 in just its second year in Read More…

Hockey: Olmsted Falls advances in Baron Cup

Olmsted Falls' Joey Egan  takes control of the puck from Twinsburg's Zach Blackburn in a match at Brooklyn Recreation Center. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — The drought is over for Olmsted Falls. The Bulldogs played solid from start to finish against Twinsburg in the Baron Cup III Tournament at the Brooklyn Recreation Center and rode a pair of goals from Zach Sadowski and the hot goaltending of Zach Snyder to win 4-1. Olmsted Falls (20-7) advances to play Read More…

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…