Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Avon Lake High School
Avon Lake took on their cross-town rivals Avon High School Tuesday in a non-league matchup. The game featured the first-place Shoremen representing the Blue North division against the first-place Eagles from the division above them, the White North. Avon High School ultimately prevailed 4-2 in a hard fought contest.
The first period featured hard work and tight checking by both teams, with Avon taking a 1-0 lead into intermission. After allowing another Avon goal, the Shoremen responded well with two goals of their own in the second period. Junior assistant captain Patrick Graney fired a quick wrist shot that the Avon goalie could not handle to start the scoring. It was an unassisted power play goal. Just 90 seconds later freshman Nick Ospelt outworked two Avon players in the corner to control the puck. He then headed to the front of the net where he buried a great wrist shot top-shelf with traffic in front of the Avon goalie. Senior captain Alex Kelly was credited with the assist. The teams were tied at 2-2 going into the third period. The talented Eagles came out strong and were up to the Avon Lake challenge. They scored twice in the third and held off the Shoremen during a frantic ending to ice the win.
The Shoremen stepped up their physical play in the game and registered 36 hits on the night. Strong defense and outstanding back-checking also helped to keep the contest close. Goalie Cameron Stepka had 28 saves, many of them against Avon’s best players, for Avon Lake.
Avon Lake is now 17-3-1 overall and 7-0 -1in divisional play. They return to league play on January 20th against West Geauga. The puck will drop at 9:00pm at the Mentor Ice Rink.