NORTH OLMSTED — North Olmsted coach Tim Murphy says he’s now able to tell one McBride twin from the other.
Dan McBride is the one who plays defense. He’s also the one who was the big hero for North Olmsted in its 5-2 victory over Shaker Heights on Saturday.
McBride, a sophomore and the twin brother of forward Sean McBride, scored a pair of goals in the third period to keep Shaker at bay and let the Eagles stay in the top spot in the Red North division. North Olmsted is 4-0 in the division and 10-1 in all games. The Raiders dropped to 3-2 and 4-8-1 overall.
It was McBride’s first two-goal game as a member of the North Olmsted varsity. It also was a nice boost to a team that the coach said was looking lethargic on offense through the first 30 minutes.
“I thought we were flat for some reason,” Murphy said. “Shaker’s effort was better than our effort in the first two periods. We might have been stale — maybe because we hadn’t played in a week. They were outworking us.
“We spent half the second period killing penalties,” Murphy added. “We can’t generate any offense that way. We played a good third period, though.”
The quality play began when McBride intercepted the puck at the red line and found nothing between him and Shaker Heights goalie Ricky Zucker.
“My eyes were big,” McBride said about his steal and breakaway. “I was a little nervous. I was trying not to pinch up on the shot.”
Not to worry. McBride skated in and delivered a shot between the post and the right side of Zucker that was too good for the Raiders’ goalie to stop.
McBride’s first goal gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead with just under 13 minutes to play. Goal No. 2 came midway through the period and made the score 4-1.
Chad Murphy, who also had two goals, made the score 1-0 with 1:24 left in the first on a power play. Murphy took a pass from Sam DeJoy and scored just 11 seconds after Harry Williams went to the penalty box for the Raiders.
The Eagles managed to kill off three penalties in the second period.
Shaker finally scored on a power play when Adam Murray got one with 11:28 remaining. Logan Beach knocked in a hard pass from DeJoy on a power play with 8:38 to play to give the Eagles a 3-1 edge.
Williams scored for the Raiders with 4:38 to go, and DeJoy was called for unsportsmanlike conduct at the 12:14 mark. Shaker pulled Zucker out of the net to create a 6-on-4 opportunity, but Murphy got a stick on the puck and sent it the length of the ice 34 seconds into the penalty to make the score 5-2.
The Eagles play Red South division rival Avon Lake tonight at Rocky River.
North Olmsted 5, Shaker Heights 2
Shaker Heights 0 0 2 – 2
North Olmsted 1 0 4 – 5
FIRST PERIOD: 1. NO, Chad Murphy (Sam DeJoy, Logan Beach), 13:36. Penalties – SH, Harry Williams (hooking), 5:00; SH, Harry Williams (interference), 13:25.
SECOND PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties – NO, Kyle Swansegar (elbowing), 2:46; NO, Mike Minch (interference), 10:13; NO, Sam DeJoy (interference), 14:00.
THIRD PERIOD: 2. NO, Dan McBride (unassisted), 2:08; 1. SH, Adam Murray (Harry Williams, Reed Cowan), 3:32; 3. NO, Logan Beach (Sam DeJoy), 6:22; 4. NO, Dan McBride (Mike Konyesni, Brandon Hammermeister), 7:14; 2. SH, Harry Williams (unassisted), 10:24; 5. NO, Chad Murphy (unassisted), 12:49. Penalties – NO, Tyler Arendec (highsticking), 2:55; SH, Chris Longman (tripping), 5:00; NO, Sam DeJoy (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:14; SH, Aaron Goodman (tripping), 13:09; SH, Dan Kulinski (holding), 14:22.
Power-play opportunities – Shaker Heights 1 of 5, North Olmsted 2 of 4.