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High School Hockey: Everyone gets involved as Midview opens Baron Cup II with win over Canfield


    Midview's Jonathan Rodgers (14) takes the puck down the ice as Canfield's Danny Beistel extends his stick to defend Tuesday in Brooklyn.



    Midview High School's Nick Verlotti (12) takes the puck out as he is guarded by Canfield High School's Vincent Hepola (52) on Tuesday night, February 5.



    Midview High School's Robby Rodgers (16) makes a pass during a game against Canfield on Tuesday night, February 5.



    Midview High School's Evan Vince (13) passes the puck while Canfield High School's Danny Beistel (68) guards him on Tuesday night, February 5.



    Midview High School's Nick Verlotti (12) jumps while hitting the puck away from Canfield High School's Vincent Hepola (52) on Tuesday night, February 5.



BROOKLYN — Talk about sharing the puck.

Midview had nine players in uniform in its Baron Cup II tournament opener against Canfield and every one of them picked up a goal or an assist in the 6-2 win at the John M. Coyne Brooklyn Recreation Center on Tuesday night.

Midview (10-7) will face Kent Roosevelt on Friday at 7:30 p.m. back in Brooklyn.

The Middies beat Kent, a 5-3 winner over Western Reserve Academy on Tuesday, during the regular season.

“With eight skaters tonight, they all played a ton and it was a great effort from everyone,” Middies coach Rick Verlotti said. “I thought we played a good game against a real physical team.”

Canfield (18-9-2) struck first when Brian Woak scored the first of his two goals, but the Middies took control by scoring the next five goals over the first two periods.

Robby Rodgers got things going at 5:06 of the first off assists by Ethan Weber and Bryan Weaver. Jonathan Rodgers gave the Middies the lead going to the first intermission on Weber’s second assist.

The advantage ballooned to 5-1 after two periods.

The Middies won a faceoff in their end, resulting in a goal for Evan Vince at 11:41 with Paul Saylor and Jonathan Rodgers getting the assists.

Jonathan Rodgers scored about eight minutes later, putting goalie Ben Janik on his back with an extra move at the net as the lead went to 4-1. Weaver got his second assist.

“It feels great, we’re just looking forward to Friday’s game and trying to keep this going,” said Jonathan Rodgers, who wore No. 14 after forgetting his No. 19 jersey at home. “We really played well as a team tonight. We’ve had some games when it didn’t work out like that, but we have pulled together as a team late in the season.”

Isaac Vince capped the second-period scoring with just eight seconds left by jamming home a shot by Robby Rodgers that had been turned away.

After all the scoring in the first two periods, only two players were left without a point for the Middies.

That changed when goalie Braden Rapp dumped off a puck to Nicholas Verlotti, who went end-to-end for Midview’s final score as Rapp (23 saves) earned the assist.

“We came out with the mentality to stay out of the box and move the puck,” Nicholas Verlotti said. “We did pick up a few penalties at the end, but we kept a tight box and were able to kill off almost all of the penalties. This is too much fun being out there with all your boys and working hard to get the win.”

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Midview 6, Canfield 2

FIRST PERIOD: (C) Brian Woak (unassisted),10:11, (M) Robby Rodgers (Ethan Weber, Bryan Weaver), 5:06, (M) Jonathan Rodgers (Ethan Weber), 1:34. Penalties: None.

SECOND PERIOD: (M) Evan Vince (Paul Saylor, J. Rodgers), 11:41, (M) J. Rodgers (Weaver), 3:17, (M) Vince (R. Rodgers), 0:08. Penalties: (C) Vincent Hepola (2:00 hooking), 11:26, (C) Joe Scoleri (2:00 too many men), 6:35.

THIRD PERIOD: (C) Woak (Danny Beistel), PP, 10:32, (M) Nicholas Verlotti (Braden Rapp), 9:50. Penalties: (M) J. Rodgers (2:00 holding), 12:57, (C) Matt Scolieri (2:00 slashing), 12:57, (M) Verlotti (2:00 tripping), 10:56, (M) Verlotti (2;00 hooking), 6:38, (M) J. Rodgers (2:00 cross-check), 5:47, (M) J. Rodgers (2:00 hooking), 2:49.

Canfield 1 0 1 — 2

Midview 2 3 1 — 6

Shots on goal: Canfield 25 (7-7-11), Midview 34 (14-12-8). Goalies: Canfield, Ben Janik (34 shots, 28 saves); Midview, Braden Rapp (25 shots, 23 saves). Power-play opportunities: Canfield 1-3, Midview 0-2.

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