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Shoremen rout Tigers ice hockey on Senior Night

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: February 8, 2017 12:00 AM

It didn't matter to Matt Schroeder several years ago when he elected to start playing competitive ice hockey that he didn't have much experience.

As the lone senior on Twinsburg's squad, Schroeder was honored in the final home game of the regular season for the Tigers.

Twinsburg lost in the regular season finale 7-0 to a powerful Avon Lake unit in Garfield Heights Feb. 4.

"We wrapped up the regular season with a tough loss to Avon Lake," noted Twinsburg mentor Jim DiRosa.

Avon Lake went 11-0-1 in the Blue North Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL). The Shoremen have over 20 wins this winter overall.

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Twinsburg finished 5-7-0 in the deep Blue North Division of the GCHSHL.

While the Tigers prep for tournament hockey, the head coach did see some positives from his young club and he talked about his senior.

"As is tradition, the final home game is when we honor our seniors Matt was playing his final home game of his career," said DiRosa.

"Matt learned to skate his freshman season and would go on to start several games for us this year," said the coach.

Schroeder was the starter at right wing as the visiting Shoremen got a short-handed goal at 12:28 of the first period.

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Patrick Graney's goal was just the beginning for Avon Lake, but Twinsburg battled early on.

"That's how's the first period would end -- we played tight defense for the first and second period even though we were short-handed for most of the time," explained DiRosa.

"We did a good job of killing penalties, an area which we struggled with most of the year."

Hannah Zochowski worked hard as she registered 45 saves in the nets for the Tigers.

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