Mercy! SEHS Ice Hockey Blitzes to District Final

Mercy! SEHS Ice Hockey Blitzes to District Final

BROOKLYN– In a one sided game, the St. Edward Eagles defeated the Avon Eagles, by a score of 10-0.  St. Edward came into Saturday’s district semifinal having outscored their past two opponents 21-0.  On the other hand, Avon came off their second straight overtime playoff win.  As the 7 seed, the Avon Eagles defeated Benedictine and Amherst to earn their first ever district semifinal berth.  

However, Avon’s noteworthy playoff run fell short on Saturday.  In the first period alone, St. Edward scored 3 goals.  At 13:03, senior Lucas Newton started off the scoring with the assist coming from Jack O’Sullivan.  The next two goals came at 11:36 and 4:54.  Despite a 3-0 lead in the first period, St. Edward head coach Tim Sullivan said “We were a little sloppy in the first period, but we fine tuned some things up and had a good second period.”  

Indeed, the St. Edward Eagles had a much better second period.  Within the first minute of the second period, Lucas Newton capitalized again for the Eagles, with the assist coming from Ryan Dunn.  The next four goals came at 10:41, 10:14, 6:20 and 4:37.  

By the beginning of the third period, the score read 8 goals for St. Edward, and 0 for Avon.  St. Edward’s next two goals occurred at 10:10 and 6:08.  Per OHSAA’s “mercy” rule, the game ended immediately after the 10th goal.  

Overall, both Lucas Newton and junior Atticus Durst tallied hat tricks.  When asked about his spectacular performance, Newton emphasized, “It’s not all about how I play, it’s about how the team plays.  I’m just trying to help the team out as much as I can.”  Coach Sullivan also went on to say, “Good players rise at good times, and [Lucas Newton] did a heck of a job today with that.”   

Other St. Edward goals were scored by Tyler Fowles, Danny Jopek, Jack O’Sullivan and Jack Mansour.  Assists were recorded by Jack O’Sullivan (x3), Ethan Critzer (x2), Zak Bell, Hayden Payne (x3), Ryan Dunn (x2), Carson Kostka, Lucas Newton and Ethan Payne.  Between the pipes, St. Edward goalkeeper Hayden Payne made 9 total saves.

The St. Edward Eagles advance to the Brooklyn West district final on March 6th, in which they will face off against the Rocky River Pirates, who are coming off a fresh district semifinal win against St. Ignatius.