Olmsted senior tri-captain Chad Murphy skates past Avon Lake’s
Josh Hanson during last Saturday’s 5-0 win over the Shoremen.
Murphy scored a hat trick, getting a pair of goals in the final
period to accomplish the feat. (West Life photo by Larry Bennet)
Eagles skate past Shoremen
By Jim Horvath
Published Jan. 7, 2009
It was pretty
evident early on how this one was going to turn out.
Despite a gutsy
effort by freshman goalie Logan Galati, the Avon Lake hockey team
proved no match for state-ranked North Olmsted last Saturday afternoon.
Behind Chad Murphy’s hat trick, the No. 7 Eagles moved to 16-1 on
the season with their 5-0 shutout win at the North Olmsted Recreation
The win capped
off a successful holiday season for North Olmsted. After a tough
5-4 loss to visiting Walsh Jesuit before Christmas, the Eagles rebounded
with a 4-2 win over Red East Division rival Hudson in the opening
round of the Trinity Christmas Tournament.
After a 5-0
win over host Trinity, North Olmsted blanked Normandy, 5-0, then
defeated the Invaders again later in the day, 7-3, to win the tournament
title. It was the third tournament win for the Eagles, but veteran
head coach Tim Murphy was quick to point out the most important
part of the season was yet to come.
our early-season success in perspective,” said Murphy after the
win over the Shoremen. “Our record is 4-1 (in the division), and
all the rest of those wins just make our record look nicer. Our
focus is on winning the Southwestern Conference and winning our
is based on what is done in January, so really it started today
for us,” said Murphy.
All in all,
it was a pretty good start. North Olmsted took the opening face
off and kept the puck on the Avon Lake side of the ice for the better
part of the game’s first five minutes. It kept Galati and his defense
busy as the Eagles got off 13 shots on goal to just four for the
to stay in the game after one period, trailing just 1-0 after sophomore
forward Mike Konyesni scored at 10:04 off assists from junior Mike
Minch and junior Sean McBride. But as the second period wore on,
it was evident the bigger Eagles were beginning to wear out the
At 8:11, Murphy
scored his first goal to give North Olmsted a 2-0 lead. Then at
14:00, senior forward Brandon Hammermeister scored a goal to make
it 3-0 at the intermission.
defenseman Dale Drellishak gets to play a little bit of offense,
getting away this slap shot against Avon Lake last Saturday
at North Olmsted Recreation Center. Teammate Chad Murphy waits
at the other side of the goal for a rebound attempt. (West Life
photo by Larry Bennet)
Murphy got his hat trick with a pair of goals in the
third period. The senior captain scored his second goal at the 7:39
mark off assists from Minch and sophomore Ryan Sutton. His third
goal came nine minutes into the period, giving him 28 on the season.
Maye, who has filled in for the injured Ian Smith for a good part
of the season, recorded 12 saves and registered his fourth shutout
of the season. His record is now 9-1.
Smith, who was
recently cleared to play, is expected back soon, according to Murphy.
in goal for us since the second week of the season and has done
a great job for us,” said Murphy. “He’s given us exactly what we’ve
needed. Ian started skating just yesterday, but he isn’t quite ready
to go yet.
“It was another
good outing for Chad. I’m not sure, but I think that’s his sixth
hat trick of the season. But I thought our starting line of McBride,
Konyesni and Minch was pretty dominant today. They control the puck
as well as any line we’ve had, and the past three weeks they’ve
been our best line.
“They move the
puck quickly, plus they’re all underclassmen,” he added.
up with 40 saves for the Shoremen, who fell to 2-10 on the season.
now returns to Red East play this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at home against
division rival Hudson, which is 3-1.
Shots on goal
There was a moment of silence prior to the game for
the father of senior tri-captain Ronnie Soltesz, Ronald T. Soltesz,
who passed away recently after a lengthy illness. The team attended
services for Mr. Soltesz this past Monday…Chad Murphy now has 24
assists on the season, giving him 52 points. Mike Konyesni has 18
assists, followed by Minch with 13…the Eagles have outscored their
opponents, 108-31, so far this season…Hammermeister is second in
goals scored with 14, followed by McBride with 13. Sutton and Minch
have 12 goals each.