BROOKLYN — The Middies just couldn’t get away from giving up late goals and it cost them dearly in a 5-4 loss to Lakewood in the district tournament Wednesday at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.
The evening was also not kind to North Olmsted, as the Eagles fell 4-3 to Brecksville-Broadview Heights in double overtime.
In each of the three periods, Midview gave up a score in the final two minutes. It was still tied at 4 until the Rangers’ Zach Moran scored on the power play, ripping a slap shot from the blue line for the winner with 1:47 left in regulation.
“On the bench we wanted to finish the third period like the other two periods,” Lakewood coach Josh Dress said. “Zach held the puck just long enough to get the goaltender moving and was able to get a lot of the net.”
Midview played from behind through the first period, trailing 2-1 after Luke Walkush hit a length-of-the-ice shot that skipped over Logan Perkins’ stick as he went to swipe it away with less than a second on the first-period clock.
Tommy Coon scored at 13:47 of the second period and Kyle Kudela netted his second of the night at 12:07 to give Midview (12-15) its first lead at 3-2.
That lead disappeared in the final 2:54 of the period when Moran scored unassisted and then took a pass from Matt Johnson to score with 25 seconds left. Lakewood (12-12) took a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.
Jacob Schneider knotted the game at 4 with a low liner from the point at 5:43, but the Middies needed one more goal to counter Moran’s winner from the blue line.
“When a team is scoring late in the period it’s just the death of me,” Midview coach Rick Verlotti said. “We definitely had some early lows, but we kept fighting and fought to the last second but couldn’t get a puck to go.”
North Olmsted and Brecksville came out firing — scoring five goals in the first period — but the game settled down until the Bees’ James Bell found the back of the net at 5:31 of the second overtime.
The Bees (13-18) advance to face fifth-seeded Padua on Saturday at 6 p.m. North Olmsted finishes the year 3-20-1.
“That was just a great, great high school playoff hockey game,” Eagles first-year coach TJ Murray said. “Both teams deserved to win, but in the playoffs someone is going home and it was us tonight.”
Brecksville and the Eagles traded goals in the first period. The Bees’ Bell scored at 13:53, followed by North Olmsted’s Shane Malinak 41 seconds later on an assist from Justin Malinak.
The Bees went right back up 18 seconds later on Jake Kivett’s score, but the Eagles tied it in 28 seconds on Shane Malinak’s second goal of the period.
Brecksville finished the first period with a 3-2 lead when Eric Stucky beat the Eagles’ Chase Cullinan on assists from Andrew Marincic and Kevin Arthur.
After Stucky’s score, Cullinan turned into a stone wall, stopping 24 shots in the final two periods and the first overtime.
The reason the game went into extra sessions was a slick play by Zach Servidio, who grabbed the puck out of midair off a defender’s stick, dropped the puck to his feet and poked it past Bees goalie Eric Bolon (26 saves).
Brecksville finally solved Cullinan when Mario DeJoy was called for a holding call and Bell put the winner in the net just 20 seconds later to knock the Eagles from the tournament.
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Brecksville 4, North Olmsted 3 (2OT)
FIRST PERIOD: (B) James Bell (Jake Kivett), 13:53, (NO) Shane Malinak (Justin Malinak), 13:12, (B) Kivett (Bell, Matt Link), 12:54, (N) Shane Malinak (unassissted), (B) Eric Stucky (Andrew Marincic, Kevin Arthur), PP, 6:14. Penalties: (NO) J. Malinak (unsportamanlike), 6:14, (B) Bench (too many men), 2:48.
SECOND PERIOD: Penalties: (B) Marincic (tripping), 7:03, (B) Stucky (interference), 1:34.
THIRD PERIOD: (NO) Zach Servidio (unassisted), 8:19. Penalties: (B) Kivett (slashing), 2:33.
OVERTIME: Penalties: None.
OVERTIME: (B) Bell (Kivett, Stucky), PP, 5:31. Penalties: (NO) Mario DeJoy (holding), 5:51
North Olmsted 2 0 1 0 0 — 3
Brecksville 3 0 0 0 1 — 4
Shots on goal: North Olmsted 29 (8-9-9-3-0), Brecksville 40 (14-7-8-9-2). Goalies: North Olmsted: Chase Cullinan (40 shots, 36 saves), Brecksville: Eric Bolon (29 shots, 26 saves). Power-play opportunities: North Olmsted 0-4, Brecksville 2-2.
Lakewood 5, Midview 4
FIRST PERIOD: (L) Jacob Gregory (Tommy Kettel), 13:37, (M) Kyle Kudela (Jacob Lyons), 12:34, (L) Luke Walkush (Matt Johnson), 0:01. Penalties: (L) Bench (score sheet error), 12:34, (M) Trevor Perkins (head contact), 3:54.
SECOND PERIOD: (M) Tommy Coon (Carl Fischer), 13:47, (M) Kudela (Jacob Hack, Jacob Schneider), PP, 12:07, (L) Zach Moran (unassisted), 2:54, (L) Moran (Matt Johnson), 0:25. Penalties: (L) Nate Hinchley (tripping), (L) Tommy Kettel (interference), 7:11.
THIRD PERIOD: (M) Jacob Schneider (unassisted), 5:53, (L) Moran (unassisted), 1:47. Penalties: (M) Coon (tripping), 4:37, (M) Jacob Hack (roughing), 1:47, (L) Kettel (tripping), 0:15.
Midview 1 2 1 — 4
Lakewood 2 2 1 — 5
Shots on goal: Midview 36 (11-11-14), Lakewood 27 (11-10-6). Goalies: Midview: Logan Perkins (27 shots, 22 saves), Lakewood: Hunter Nugent (36 shots, 32 saves). Power-play opportunities: Midview 1-4, Lakewood 1-3.