Just when you think that seniors Connor Koncelik and Jared Aslaksen could not top their effort in round one of the state playoffs (2 goals each), they did exactly that in round two of the Brooklyn sectional by registering 3-goal hat-tricks each. Their offense was the catalyst for the 8-3 win over GCHSHL White Division foe, Olmsted Falls High School.
Aslaksen stayed red- hot and scored the first three goals for Avon Lake, all unassisted. He now 35 goals and also added three assists on the night. Those assists gave him 27 on the season and 91 for his career. With one more assist he will hold the Avon Lake record for goals, assists and points in a career.
With Avon Lake clinging to a 3-2 lead in the second period sophomore Tommy Kacmarcik picked a good time to score his 20th goal of the season, the 4th Shoremen with at least 20 . Assists on the play went to Brian Walasinski, his first of two on the night and Tim Lubertozzi, his first of three. Walasinski and Lubertozzi, along with Justin Share, also played particularly stifling defense all night. Koncelik then joined in the scoring, which was followed by Avon Lake’s 6th goal of the night; a laser shot courtesy of senior captain Patrick Graney who had another physical game that his teammates can emulate. Koncelik’s two third period goals iced the game for Avon Lake. The senior defenseman added to his team-leading point total and now has 42 goals and 33 assists for 75 points. Not too shabby for a guy that did not even make the all-division team!
Sophomore Dillon Aslaksen got the start in goal and was up to the task. He did a commendable job of holding off a talented Olmsted Falls team early in the game when Avon Lake needed a big save. He turned aside 30 of 33 shots on the night and improved to 9-3 on the season.
The Shoremen now have won ten games in a row; ironically enough a streak that began with a tough loss against Olmsted Falls in the SWC tourney on January 14th. The victory marks the first time that Avon Lake has won two games in the state tournament since 2003. The team continues to build upon records including most wins in a season (27) and goals scored (205). Avon Lake now advances to take on GCHSHL Red Division rival Rocky River as the sectional field will be down to 8 teams. The puck drops at 8:00pm on Tuesday February 20th at Brooklyn’s Coyne Recreation