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The Twinsburg ice hockey team was looking to solidify its hold on the No. 1 spot in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League's Blue Central East Division when it hosted Brush on Dec. 9.
Twinsburg did just that with a 9-3 win over the Arcs at the Dan Kostel Arena in Garfield Heights.
Head coach Jim DiRosa is thrilled with his team's 3-0 start in league play.
Senior forward Jared Rodic got the scoring barrage started only 2:30 into the game when he scored an unassisted goal.
However, Brush's Sam Eisler countered two minutes later when he slipped the puck past Tiger goaltender junior Braden Susnik, unassisted.
At the 7:50 mark, senior Tiger defenseman Brandon Best would slam home a pass from sophomore forward Kyle DiRosa for a tally that would close out the scoring in the first period with a 2-1 Tiger lead.
Brush tied it 2-2 just 2:00 into the period.
Eisler, who finished with a hat trick (three goals in the game), put the Arcs on the scoreboard first with an assist from Dan Niedzwic.
An active goalie, Susnik and the Tiger defense would close the door after that score.
Twinsburg's offense went back to work. Best would score an unassisted goal with nine minutes left in the period, and then Rodic offered two more scores, which gave him a hat trick.
Sophomore forward Brennan Byers assisted the first one and the second was off feeds from freshman defender Travis Zochowski and Best.
Zochowski would then add a goal of his own, unassisted.
Sophomore forward Dylan Aoki closed out the scoring in the period on a dish by Byers.
With a comfortable lead, the DiRosa and his staff placed sophomore goaltender Jerry Gaydos between the pipes and he fared well with seven saves. Susnik amassed 16 saves in all.
Sophomore forward Andrew Leonard blasted an unassisted goal for the Tigers with 10 minutes left in the game and sophomore forward Zach Blackburn would end the scoring for the Tigers with a goal on feeds from Leonard and senior defenseman Mike Peelman.
Twinsburg travels to the Gilmour Arena on Dec. 15 to take on Chesterland West Geauga at 4:45 p.m.