A pair of hard fought 3-1 losses over the weekend will give the Twinsburg High ice hockey team some coaching points to work on.
Twinsburg fell 3-1 at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Jan. 21 as the Tigers didn't get enough consistent scoring threats on the offensive end.
"The game started out with both teams playing tight defense and our defensive zone play is getting better," remarked head coach Jim DiRosa, whose club held a loaded Brooklyn squad to three goals in a 3-1 loss the day before.
At the 6:29 mark of the first period, a misplayed puck at the Twinsburg blue line gave CVCA a break away tally as Christian Beckett scored the first of his two goals for the Royals.
Just 49 seconds into the second period the Royals would score again to push the score to 2-0.
Then with 2:02 to go, junior Ryan DiRosa scored for Twinsburg on a feed from Troy Sutliff the slice the lead to 2-1.
"Ryan took a break out pass from Troy (Sutliff) the length of the ice and deke the goalie to get the Tigers within one going into the final period," explained the mentor.
CVCA would score one more time at 13:38 to make it 3-1.
For the Tigers, goalie Hannah Zochowski had 23 saves.
"We are playing more physical in our own end," noted DiRosa. "We have limited teamsto less than 30 shots, but we need to get more pucks to the net."
The Twinsburg hockey program will host a Community Skate on January 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center in Garfield Heights.
All Twinsburg residents are invited to come and skate with the Tigers.
The event will feature free skating. Skate rentals will be available for a $3.00 fee.
Twinsburg plays Jan. 25 at North Canton Hoover, hosts Aurora Jan. 27, and hosts Avon Lake Feb. 4.
DiRosa saw his squad play strong defense with an independent game against powerful Brooklyn (15-2). As mentioned, the Tigers lost 3-1.
"Both teams showed tight defense foo most of the first period," said DiRosa.
Brooklyn led 1-0 at the 5:02 mark of the opening period with a power play goal, and led 2-0 at 12:26 of the second period.
Ryan DiRosa finally got the Tigers on the board with an unassisted goal with just eight seconds to go in the second stanza.
Zochowski would make 25 save on 28 shots.
"Brooklyn plays tight in their defensive zone," said the coach. "They block a lot of shot attempts. We had eight power play opportunities and couldn't convert. We need to get better at special teams."