By Ryan Kaczmarski
The 2012 ice hockey Division I Brooklyn district tournament started last week, and already the Westshore area field has diminished to just three teams (as of Monday).
The North Olmsted Eagles (11-18) started its tournament run with a 4-2 victory over Avon Lake on Feb. 14. Then, the Eagles ran straight into the fourth-seeded Rocky River Pirates (26-6) and lost 10-0 on Thursday night in a game that was called just 26 seconds into the third period.
The Pirates had eight skaters score points in the game, including Brock Reimenschneider (1 g.), Max Lurie (1 g., 5 a.), Eric Sperli (2 g., 3 a.), Tyler Harkins (2 g., 3 a.), Bob Perez (1 g., 2 a.), Kyle Kopechek (1 g., 1 a.), Logan Drell (1 g.), Tom Garibaldi (1 g.) and Jordan Wooley (1 g.). Rocky River goalkeeper Jake Nicholson tallied 16 saves, while North Olmsted’s Chase Cullinan saved 30.
The Pirates will skate for the sectional championship against Amherst tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.
In the early game on Thursday night, Elyria Catholic defeated the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs 11-3. The lone bright spot for the Bulldogs was center Jake Norman, who scored two goals and assisted on the Bulldogs other goal.
The other area team still in the hunt is the Westlake club team which defeated Lakewood 4-0 last Wednesday night. Westlake sophomore Kent Axcell scored three goals and sophomore Connor Fife scored one. Demons senior goaltender Matt Russell had 21 saves in the game, while Lakewood senior goaltender Alexander Hudock tallied 25 saves. Westlake faces fifth-seeded Strongsville tonight at 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.
Bay opened the tournament last night against second-seeded Shaker Heights.