Twinsburg ice hockey earns split with Nordonia, Aurora

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published:

Coming off the holiday break, the Twinsburg ice hockey team hosted two games and earned a split.

On Jan. 6, the Tigers posted a 5-0 win over Nordonia to cling to the top spot in the Blue Central East Division.

Junior goaltender Braden Susnik stopped all five shots he faced to earn the shutout for Twinsburg while freshman goaltender Jerry Gaydos relieved him at the start of the third period to secure the shutout.

The Tigers came out ready to play and jumped on the scoreboard 6:00 into the contest when senior forward Eddie Govang pushed the puck in the nets with an assist from senior defenseman Brandon Best.

Senior forward Jared Rodic found the back of the net three minutes later on a feed from senior defenseman Mike Peelman.

With less than 2:00 left in the first period, junior forward Justin Guy tallied off a pass from sophomore forward Kyle DiRosa to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

Best added a goal in the second period to make it 4-0 on a dish from Rodic. Best scored again on an assist by junior forward Dylan Aoki.

Twinsburg lost 2-0 on Jan. 3 to Aurora after tying the Greenmen 1-1 in December.

At the 2:09 mark of the second period, Greenmen forward Colin MacDonald broke a 0-0 defensive battle as he found the back of the net. He was assisted by Steve Lawrie and Nathanial Schwartz.

The period would end with Aurora leading 1-0 as the Tigers struggled offensively in the period, being outshot by the Greenmen 15-5.

Then at the 7:27 mark, the Tigers drew two simultaneous penalties; one for tripping and one for a bench minor.

Aurora overpowered the Tigers five skaters to three and, at the 6:58 mark, Aurora forward Canton McElwee put the puck in the net on a feed from MacDonald for a power play goal.

With 4:00 left in the game, Susnik drew a roughing penalty while trying to clear an Aurora player from the front of the net.

The Tigers managed to get through the penalty kill unscathed. With a minute left, coach Jim DiRosa pulled Susnik to put another forward on the ice to boost the offense with no success.

Susnik stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced while Greenmen goalie Rachel Schwartz stopped all 18 shots by the Tigers.

Twinsburg plays Jan. 12 against Lakewood at 6 p.m. at the Dan Kostel Arena in Garfield Heights and plays Jan. 13 against Bay Village at 5:30 p.m.

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