Mansour’s Four Goals Lead the Eagles to a Dominating Win Against Holy Name

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Sam Richardson , Editor in Chief

     Saint Edward dominated Holy Name tonight in their Great Lakes League matchup. From the opening faceoff, it was exceptionally clear that Saint Ed’s had put together a far more polished product than the Holy Name Green Wave, who seemed outmatched. 

     In 2019, Coach Sullivan came to Saint Edward from Holy Name, and with his move, he brought his coaching staff to Lakewood. This move has translated into great success for the Eagles, who are currently number 1 in the state and riding the momentum of a two-game winning streak. With the blowout 11-1 win tonight, Coach Sullivan was able to add one more win at his alma mater and defeat his former school. 

     Following the hiring of Craig Patton, the former head coach of Cleveland State Hockey, Holy Name has been struggling. This year, they are 3-11, with an 0-3-1 record within the GLHL. No matter how callous it may seem, the Eagles have clearly gotten the better end of the deal when it comes to coaching hirings.

     In tonight’s 11-0 victory, the game was dominated early on and the onslaught of goals did not stop. The scoring started only 1:29 into the game, with a top-shelf backhand from Zach Bell beating the butterfly of the Holy Name goalie. This scoring would then be compounded by Jack Mansour, who would end the day with four goals in what was a dominating performance as a forward. These goals would be supplemented by the efforts of Josh Szopo (2 goals), Adam Kolenich, Jack O’Sullivan, Lucas Newton, and Danny Enovitch. 

     The Eagles would take control early and did not give it up all game. The Eds’ forecheck and defencemen rarely let the puck come out of the offensive zone, and when it did, the puck would quickly be broken out again and brought back out into the neutral zone. Holy Name could simply get nothing going, and Saint Edward’s neutral zone dominance was impressive. When the Eagles would be in their offensive zone, the scoring came easily. Cross crease passes, snipes from the slot, and heavily screened shots from the point overwhelmed the Holy Name defense, who did not have any response to the Eds’ offensive attack. As the periods progressed, the difference in speed between the two teams became even more apparent, as the Eagles were simply able to skate around and through the Green Wave defenders at will. 

     Tomorrow, the Eagles look to continue their success against the Gilmour Gladiators in Gates Mills.