ELYRIA — You will have to forgive Elyria Catholic’s Drew Beck if he never wants to hear the sounds of a bell again during the holiday season.
Beck took 22 of the Panthers 27 shots in their Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Blue South Division game with Nordonia on Wednesday and when he wasn’t getting triple-teamed by the defense, Beck had multiple shots ring off the goal as EC fell 5-0 to the Knights.
“They had three guys crashing on him (Beck) and they still couldn’t stop him,” Elyria Catholic coach Rick Montgomery said. “He hit a cross-bar and two goals posts in the third period alone, they (Nordonia) just could not stop him.”
EC (1-6, 0-2) had to move Beck from his natural forward position to defense for the game since it was short-handed due to one of the regular defensemen being unavailable because of sickness.
Moving Beck to defense limited his scoring chances but kept the Panthers in the game trailing 2-0 after one period when Tyler Justice scored a power-play goal at 9:22 and Nick Peters tallied an unassisted goal against EC goalie Kevin Hahn with 2:51 left on the clock.
Hahn was peppered all night by 53 Nordonia shots – nearly double those taken by EC- and he was able to turn away 48 in the loss.
The Knights lead went to 4-0 after two periods on scores by Carson Carrell at 10:48 and Brian Sebastian who scored with just 44 ticks left in the second period.
Going to the final 15 minutes, Montgomery moved Beck back to forward and EC more than doubled its shots on goal from the first two periods (12) with 15 chances in the final 15 minutes of play.
That’s when Beck started ringing the goal sending bell sounds through North Park Recreation as he continually beat multiple Knight defenders for a scoring chance only to be turned away by the cold metal behind Nordonia goalie Anthony Cinalli who stopped all 27 Panther shots.
“We wanted to know where 11 (Beck) and 10 (Ryan Sustersic) were on the ice all the time,” Knights coach Rich Cinalli. “Beck is really a good skater and a good skater; we wanted to make sure he was the one not to beat us.”
While Beck was banging pucks off the goal in the third, the Panther defense tightened up and only allowed just a single tally in the third as Sebastian scored his second goal of the evening to move the Knights to 2-8, 1-6.
“We had to give up a little offense to move him (Beck) back to defense — but if we don’t — who knows how many goals we might give up,” Montgomery said. “The effort is there, but we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. There aren’t going to be many night when Drew (Beck) gets that many shots and comes up empty.”
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Nordonia 5, Elyria Catholic 0
FIRST PERIOD: (N) Tyler Justice (Brian Sebastian, Samantha Peters), PP, 9:22, (N) Nick Peters (unassisted), 2:51. Penalties: (EC) Riley Cunningham (2:00 tripping).
SECOND PERIOD: (N) Carson Carrell (unassisted), 10:48, (N) Sebastian (Carrell, Drew McKinley), 0:44. Penalties: None.
THIRD PERIOD: (N) Sebastian (Carrell), 6:05. Penalties: None.
Nordonia 2 2 1 — 5
Elyria Catholic 0 0 0 — 0
Shots on goal: Nordonia 53 (9-25-19), Elyria Catholic 27 (4-8-15). Goalies: Nordonia: Anthony Cinalli (27 shots, 27 saves), Elyria Catholic: Kevin Hahn (53 shots, 48 saves). Power-play opportunities: Nordonia 1-1, Elyria Catholic 0-0.