The Twinsburg ice hockey team faced the two best teams from the Blue Central West Division last week and split games.
On Jan. 13, the Tigers won 5-1 over the Bay Village, the second-ranked team in the Blue Central West of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.
That came after Twinsburg lost 5-1 to the top club from the Blue Central West, Lakewood, on Jan. 12. It showed the vast difference in the Blue divisions as Twinsburg holds the top spot in the Blue Central East.
With 7:30 left in the first period of the win over Bay, the Tigers picked up an interference penalty.
Despite playing short-handed, the Tigers found pay dirt when senior defenseman Brandon Best hit the back of the net with an assist from junior forward Dylan Aoki. Three minutes later, Tiger junior defenseman Andrew Leonard scored off a feed from Best.
The second period featured a Leonard goal, assisted by sophomore forward Kyle DiRosa. Freshman forward Richard Kirker would hit the back of the net with assists going to Best and DiRosa.
For the third period, Tiger freshman goaltender Jerry Gaydos replaced starting net minder junior Braden Susnik, who had stopped all 10 shots he faced.
Best added a tally on a feed by DiRosa. Gaydos turned away six of the seven shots he faced.
The Lakewood game was physical as the Rangers took advantage of a power play in the first stanza.
With 1:30 left in the first period, the Tigers drew an elbowing penalty putting the Rangers on the power play. Lakewood capitalized just 17 seconds later as Zach Muran scored off a pass from Steve Sorger.
The second period maintained the fast pace. At the 6:10 mark, Ranger Colin Scheel tallied an unassisted goal.
Then, with 2:00 left in the period, Nate Bonacuse found the back of the net off a feed from Scheel to make it 3-1.\
The Tigers came out for the third period fired up as Best put the Tigers on the board just 57 seconds into the period off an assist from Leonard.
However, the Rangers would close the door after that as at the 7:30 mark, Jacob Gregory scored off a pass from Walkush, who would later add another tally.
Twinsburg had 22 shots on goal in the contest while Susnik turned aside 39 of the 44 shots he faced.
The Tigers host Western Reserve Academy at the Dan Kostel Arena in Garfield Heights on Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m.