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District hockey: Avon jumps on Parma early, hangs on for win; Avon Lake battles but can't keep up with fifth-ranked St. Edward

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    Avon's Chris Reitmann fires a shot on goal during a district tournament game against Parma on Sunday at the Brooklyn Recreation Center. Avon won 6-3.

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    Avon Lake's Justin Share takes a shot during a district game against St. Edward on Sunday at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.

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    Avon Lake's Nick Ospelt attempts a shot on goal during the district matchup against St. Ed's, Sunday in Brooklyn.

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    Avon Lake's Tommy Kacmarcik attempts a shot on goal during the district matchup against St. Ed's, Sunday in Brooklyn.

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    Parma celebrates its third goal of the game during the district matchup against Avon on Sunday in Brooklyn.

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    Avon Lake's Nick Ospelt attempts a shot on goal during the district matchup against St. Ed's, Sunday in Brooklyn.

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    Avon's Nick Kraszewski flips the puck past Parma's goalie, Colin Pinson, after catching a rebound during the district matchup against Parma, Sunday in Brooklyn.

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BROOKLYN — Sometimes records are just numbers.

Avon proved that Sunday against Parma in a district hockey game. The Eagles came into the match with just four wins to Parma’s 29 but left with a 6-3 win at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.

Avon Lake, on the other hand, discovered that sometimes records can be pretty meaningful in a 10-0 loss earlier Sunday to third-seeded and fifth-ranked in the state St. Edward and its 20-plus wins.

Avon, which finished last in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League’s White South Division, took the fight right to the Redmen, winners of the lower Blue North Division, scoring the first five goals.

The Eagles (5-19-3) haven’t been an offensive machine this year, so their three goals in the first period from Jack Goetz, Nick Kraszweski and Mike Perusek amounted to an unexpected explosion.

Not content, Goetz and Logan Brown added goals in the first five minutes of the second period for a commanding 5-0 lead.

But the Redmen (29-6) showed some fight, scoring three times in the final 5:33 to cause the Eagles some concern going into the final period.

“I told the kids that the first three minutes of the third period would show me how much they wanted to win the game,” said Avon coach Kyle Botos, whose team advances to face St. Edward on Wednesay at 8 p.m. “They (Parma) have some scoring power and they’re 29-4 for a reason. We fell apart a little bit in the second. I got a little nervous.”

The Eagles stayed steady at the start of the third before a few turnovers resulted in scoring chances for Parma. But Kyli Warnkin stood tall in goal, stopping all 10 shots she saw in the third and finishing with 32 saves.

“I really got screened out by Parma on those goals,” she said. “They did a good job of getting in front of me. Coach told us to just get back out there to play our game and have some fun. Don’t play nervous and go block some shots.”

Ian Dargai gave the Eagles breathing room with a goal at 8:21 off a long pass from Chris Reitmann to make it 6-3.

“I think we got a little lazy and they got some momentum and it hurt us,” Dargai said. “I think we got a little overconfident. We just got back to playing the way we did in the first period and pulled it out.”

Unlike Avon, Avon Lake pretty much knew its fate against St. Edward, but that didn’t keep the Shoremen from battling before the game was stopped at 9:32 in the third because of the 10-goal mercy rule.

Avon Lake (16-13-3) barely hit the ice before St. Ed’s Tanyon Bajker scored the first of his four goals just seven seconds into the game.

The Shoremen gave up only one more goal the rest of the period with Dillon Aslaksen picking up 19 of his 42 saves.

The Shoremen already down 3-0 when they had their best chances to score. Nick Ospelt had a one-on-one chance turned away by Evan Wrightsman and Avon Lake then failed to score on a two-man advantage.

It mattered little to Bajker, who scored a shorthanded to start a five-goal onslaught that gave St. Edward (22-7-3) an 8-0 lead after two periods.

“Dillon played out of his mind and that’s been a theme to our season all year long,” first-year Avon Lake coach Steve Burns said about his goalie. “We didn’t want to just come in and let it go the way these normally go.

“We know what we are and we know what they are. We fought for every inch we could get on the ice. The fact that we got some shots on goal is a testament to all the hard work they put in all year.”

Contact James Brady at (440) 329-7135 or jbrady_ct@yahoo.com.

Avon 6, Parma 3

FIRST PERIOD: (A) Jack Goetz (Ian Dargai), 13:33, (A) Nick Kraszweski (Mike Perusek, Logan Brown), 2:36, (A) Perusek (Cole Emerine), PP, 0:36. Penalties — (P) David Basic (2:00 hooking), 1:59.

SECOND PERIOD: (A) Goetz (Dargai, Connor Wing), 14:23, (A) Brown (Luke Lindon), 10:28, (P) Matt Piech (Robbie Gudin), PP, 5:33, (P) Matt Higginbotham (Gudin, Owen Arthur), 2:19, (P) Piech (Higginbotham), 1:40, Penalties — (A) Wing (5:00 check-from-behind), 8:53.

THIRD PERIOD: (A) Dargai (Chris Reitmann), 8:21.

Avon   3 2 1 — 6
Parma 0 3 0 — 3

Shots on goal: Parma 35 (8-17-10), Avon 45 (16-16-13). Saves: (P) Colin Pinson 39; (A) Kyli Warnkin 32. Power-play opportunities: Parma 1-1, Avon 1-1.

St. Edward 10, Avon Lake 0

FIRST PERIOD: (SE) Tanyon Bajzer (Joe Wilber, Sean Kolenich), 14:53, (SE) Matt Smith (Bajzer, Carson Kostka), 11:31. Penalties — (AL) Isaac Young (2:00 tripping).

SECOND PERIOD: (SE) Wilber (Gavin Keller, Tyler Budzar), 14:32, (SE) Bajzer (Ryan Willse), SH, 12:57, (SE) Bajzer (Cam Bajzer), 11:01, (SE) Matthew Dobrowsky (Tyler Fowles, Charlie Kirkholder), 9:00, (SE) T. Bajzer (Wilber, Kolenich), 5:05, (SE) Dobrowsky (Evan Wrighthman, C. Bajzer), 0:07. Penalties — (SE) Matt Smith (2:00 elbowing), 14:25, (SE) Noah Schultz (2:00 roughing), (SE) Schultz (2:00 roughing), (AL) Nick Ospelt (2:00 roughing), 1:33.

THIRD PERIOD: (SE) Newton (Jack O’Sullivan, Kirkholder), 10:30, (SE) Willse (T. Bajzer, C. Bajzer), 9:32.

Avon Lake  0 0 0 — 0
St. Edward 2 6 2 — 10

Shots on goal: St. Edward 52 (21-22-9), Avon Lake 8 (1-6-1). Saves: (SE) Evan Wrightman 8; (AL) Dillon Aslaksen 42. Power-play opportunities: St. Edward 0-1, Avon Lake 0-1.

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