Varsity Green Hockey Takes Care of Business in First Game of Parma Sr. MLK Tournament

Varsity Green Hockey Takes Care of Business in First Game of Parma Sr. MLK Tournament

Inside Michael A. Ries ice rink in Parma, the St. Edward Varsity Hockey Green team defeated Kent Roosevelt by a score of 10-3.  To start off the first couple minutes of the game, St. Edward killed a power play, and then actually went on their own power play and scored the first goal at 8:56.  This goal was scored by AJ Szopo and assisted by Geoffrey Lapsevich and Thomas Marshall.  After a few huge saves from St. Edward goalkeeper Beau Sasseville, the Eagles killed another power play to end the half.  

Despite going into the first intermission leading 1-0, Coach Dan Humphrey said, “Realistically we came out a little slow, but [we] battled through.” The Parma Sr. MLK Tournament consists of a “points by period” format, meaning a team has to win each period in order to secure the 5 tournament points.  

Coach Humphrey went on to say, “When we play our style of hockey, they just can’t keep up with us.” Indeed, the Eagles went on to play St. Edward style hockey.  The Eagles exploded offensively in the second half, scoring 5 goals and only conceding one.  The offensive frenzy started just 46 seconds into the 2nd period, with sophomore Seamus Kennedy scoring a goal assisted by Riddick Biliboaca and Carson Albright.  The next four St. Edward goals were scored by AJ Szopo, Logan Klaiber, Ryan Schmitt and Seamus Kennedy again.  Assists respectively came from Grant Petrucceli, Carson Albright, Riddick Biliboaca, Patrick Garvey (2) and Emmett Shuler.  

At 10:31 and 7:28 of the 3rd period, the Eagles scored 2 goals from Carson Albright and Geoffrey Lapsevich.  These goals were assisted by Evan Hales, Danny Jopek and Emmett Shuler.  2 more Kent Roosevelt goals came in the third period, so the Eagles still needed one more goal to win the period and secure the 5 tournament points.  After the game, Coach Humphrey said “Rolling into the third, we had to battle a little bit of adversity there…  because technically it was tied 2-2 with a minute left”.  Fortunately, in the final minute, St. Edward scored 2 goals; one from Geoffrey Lapsevich and the other from sophomore Tommy Foerth, unassisted.

The St. Edward Varsity Green team will play again on Sunday against Canfield at 3:30 PM.  The Eagles currently have 5 tournament points and if all goes right, they will play in a championship game on Monday at 7 PM.