BROOKLYN — The rematch is set.
After Amherst cruised to a 7-0 win over Orange in the opener, Avon Lake didn’t have an answer for Dom Conte, who scored five goals and added a pair of assists to give Olmsted Falls an 8-4 win Baron Cup II tournament action at the Brooklyn Recreation Center on Monday night.
Last year Amherst and Olmsted Falls met in the Baron Cup II championship game with the Comets rallying for a 5-4 win. Amherst has beaten Falls (16-10-1) six straight times dating back to last season.
This year they’ll meet in Friday’s semifinals at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re excited to have another chance at them,” Bulldogs coach Robert Walczak said. “I think every time we play them we’re closer to beating them, going back to the Baron Cup last year.”
Before the ’Dogs could think about a rematch with the Comets they had to get through Avon Lake, which put up a fight but couldn’t slow Conte, who had a hat trick in the first period. Two of his goals came late in the period, just 17 seconds apart.
Avon Lake (15-12-3) led 1-0 on a Nick Ospelt goal at 11:30, but it was all downhill from there as the ’Dogs scored the next five. Matt Heine and Colin Wilson each had a goal to go with Conte’s three.
“He’s obviously a guy you highlight before the game and watch for him,” Shoremen coach Steve Burns said of Conte. “If he’s on, then you’re going to have a hard night and, unfortunately, he was on tonight.”
Tommy Kacmarcik tried to pull Avon Lake back into the game with a pair of second-period scores, giving him 30 on the season. But those were answered by Conte, who added goals in the second and third periods.
“Everyone wants to continue this, we don’t want it to end right now,” said Conte, who has set school records for goals and points in a season. “We all put our hearts in this game to pull out a win tonight.”
Amherst started its title defense by overwhelming Orange (10-16).
The Comets (28-2) started quickly, getting goals from Jacob Fekete and Joey Kramer just 27 seconds apart, drawing a quick Lions timeout.
Orange’s defense slowed down Amherst briefly, but Michael Giannuzzi scored two unassisted goals for a 4-0 lead going to the first intermission.
“It’s a little bit different coming in as the defending champion because we know what we can do, Giannuzzi said. “We have a reputation to uphold and we want to come out and play the best we can.”
After 16 shots on goal in the first, the Comets fired off 25 in the second, but Lions goalie Danny Moore made some incredible saves to keep the game from getting out of hand. He stopped 23 shots in the period and 46 for the game.
Jacob Kramer picked up his county-leading 56th goal at 5:22 and Giannuzzi picked up his second hat trick of the season, scoring with 22 seconds left to send the game to a running clock.
Amherst 7, Orange 0
FIRST PERIOD: (A) Jacob Fekete (Jacob Kramer, Michael Giannuzzi), 12:55, (A) Joey Kramer (Ja. Kramer), 12:32, (A) Giannuzzi (unassisted), 9:20, (A) Giannuzzi (unassisted), 6:27. Penalties: None.
SECOND PERIOD: (A) Ja. Kramer (unassisted), 5:22, (A) Giannuzzi (Fekete, Ja. Kramer), 0:22. Penalties: None.
THIRD PERIOD: (A) Fekete (Ja. Kramer), 10:33. Penalties: None.
Orange 0 0 0 - 0
Amherst 4 2 1 - 7
Shots on goal: Orange 19 (9-3-7), Amherst 53 (16-25-12). Goalies: Orange: Danny Moore (53 shots, 46 saves), Amherst: Brady Grove (19 shots, 19 saves). Power-play opportunities: Orange 0-0, Amherst 0-0.
Olmsted Falls 8, Avon Lake 4
FIRST PERIOD: (AL) Nick Ospelt (unassisted), 11:30, (OF) Dom Conte (Noah Voelker, Max Kirth-Gruszczynski), 10:09, (OF) Conte (Kirth-Gruszczynski), 1:09, (OF) Conte (unassisted), 0:52. Penalties: (A) Devin Elliott (2:00 tripping).
SECOND PERIOD: (OF) Matt Heine (Jackson McMahan), 10:53, (OD) Colin Wilson (Conte, Kirth-Gruszczynski), 9:34, (AL) Tommy Kacmarcik (unassisted), 8:57, (OF) Conte (Jacob Kerkay, Wilson), PP, 5:15, (AL) Kacmarcik (Tim Lubertozzi), PP, 2:15, (OF) Kirth-Gruszczynski (Conte), 2:08. Penalties: (OF) Alex Kerkay (2:00 interference), 13:26, (AL) Brian Walasinski (2:00 roughing), 13:26, (AL) Isaac Young (Hooking, Penalty Shot), 5:50, (OF) Kirth-Gruszczynski (2:00 interference), 3:16.
THIRD PERIOD: (OF) Conte (J. Kerkay), 6:39, (AL) Ospelt (Kacmarcik, Justin Share), 5:47. Penalties: (OF) Conte (2:00 slashing), 11:59, (OF) McMahan (2:00 slashing), 10:17.
Avon Lake 1 2 1 - 4
Olmsted Falls 3 4 1 - 8
Shots on goal: Olmsted Falls 41 (13-15-13), Avon Lake 25 (10-9-6). Goalies: Olmsted Falls: Nathan Chandler (25 shots, 21 saves), Avon Lake: Dillon Aslaksen (41 shots, 33 saves). Power-play opportunities: Olmsted Falls 1-2, Avon Lake 1-2.
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