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Strong start for Tiger ice hockey team

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: December 6, 2012 12:00 AM

It looks as if the Twinsburg High ice hockey team has improved its offensive production in the early season.

The Tigers posted an 8-0 win over Canfield on Dec. 2 at the Dan Kostel Arena in Garfield Heights to move to 4-1-1 overall this season.

Senior forward Jared Rodic started the scoring barrage just fifty seconds into the contest with a goal off feeds from junior Dylan Aoki and sophomore Kyle DiRosa. Rodic would score again eight minutes later off a pass from senior Brandon Best.

Also scoring in the first period was DiRosa (assisted by Rodic and freshman Travis Zochowski) and Brennan Byers (Aoki and Best assisted).

Standouts seniors Best and Rodic also had unassisted goals in the second period as Rodic ended with a hat trick (three goals).

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Goaltender Braden Susnik stopped all 22 shots he faced as he chalked up the first shutout of the regular season.

Susnik, a veteran junior, had a shutout in the recent Nordonia Thanksgiving Tournament.

Other scorers for Twinsburg were Byers (two goals) and sophomore forward Justin Guy finished off the scoring with assists from junior forward Alex Hagenbuch and Aoki.

Head coach Jim DiRosa is pleased with the team's progress as the Tigers host Brush Dec. 9 at Kostel Arena at 5:30 p.m.

In a hard fought contest Nov. 30 at The Pond, Twinsburg and Aurora tied 1-1.

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Aurora scored their lone goal in the first period when Mike Ambrose found the back of the net with an assist from Kelly Sheridan.

Twinsburg answered in the second period when Aoki slipped the puck past the Greenmen goalie off feeds from Best and Rodic.

The Tigers managed 28 shots on goal while the Greenmen peppered Susnik with 27 shots.

DiRosa saw his troops win 9-3 at Brooklyn on Nov. 29 after a slow start.

Mike Coyne slipped the puck past Susnik just five minutes into the game, assisted by Art Tiberio.

Brooklyn would again tally a minute and a half later when Coyne scored on a feed by Moody Oasem.

Rodic put the Tigers on the board with four minutes left in the period with assists from Best and Byers as Brooklyn led 2-1 at the end of the first period.

The Tigers came out for the second period hungry as Byers started it off with a goal off a pass from Best just forty-five seconds into the period, and that opened the floodgates for Twinsburg.

An unassisted goal by DiRosa followed along with a tally from Best on a pass from Zochowski. Byers also scored on an assist from DiRosa to lead 5-2 at the half.

The third period saw Aoki start it off with a counter just 30 seconds into the period on a pass from Rodic. Brooklyn came back with an unassisted goal by Coyne, who had the hat trick.

However, Aoki answered back with an unassisted goal two minutes later.

The Tigers would close out the game with two more goals, one by Zochowski, assisted by DiRosa, and the last by sophomore defenseman A.J. Werny on feeds from Best and junior forward Hunter Coleman.



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anonymous Dec 6, 2012 5:42 AM

Nice article. This is an excellent match. Tigers played very well. This is good start of Tigers Ice Hockey team.....