celebrates a goal in their 9-2 win over rival Olmsted Falls.
( Photo by Larry Bennet)
maybe, but Bay finds a way
to win fourth straight Blue West title
By Zachary Dzurick
Published Feb 2, 2005
Jan. 30 had been circled as the day the Blue West would be decided.
Then Parma played with everyone's emotions. First the Redmen nearly
beat Bay, but the Rockets salvaged a tie. However they figured any
chance to win a fourth straight Blue West title was gone. Bay needed
Parma to go out and beat Olmsted Falls in a late Saturday night
tie, we didn't think there was any chance, but we thought we would
come out and try to win our last home game as seniors," Bay captain
senior Derek Lindsay said. "I had never lost in my high school career
here at Winterhurst."
"I was thinking
about second place so we could go to the Baron Cup," fellow captain
junior Dan Wise admitted. "I got the call from Coach last night
that Parma won and I called everyone I knew to tell them to get
home and go to bed. We had an chance."
already asleep and he didn't find out until morning
I woke up and found out that Parma won," Lindsay said. "I was psyched
Bay coach Terry
Chadwick was at the game. Parma won 6-4 in a very emotional contest.
Chadwick was glad for the opportunity, but still had mixed emotions
for the coach he had come into the league at the same time with.
"It was hard
to watch," Chadwick said. "I didn't want any bad luck on Olmsted
Falls. Craig is a good coach and their team is a good rival of ours.
There were mixed emotions because I have so much respect for Craig
and Olmsted Falls, but obviously we wanted a chance to win the Blue
game was to determine the outright championship after all. Olmsted
Falls just needed a tie while Bay needed the win. Everyone one of
these games seems to go down to the wire. It looked to be a clasic.
had talked about needing to control Bay's first line of Lindsay,
Wise and senior Scott Abraham. They didn't and Bay's impossible
dream became Olmsted Falls' nightmare.
two first period goals, the first unassisted and the second assisted
by both line mates. Wise added a power play goal just over a minute
into the second period to make it 3-0. Olmsted Falls captain Dan
Turner got his team on the board with a power play goal with nine
and half minutes remaining in the period. It appeared that momentum
would shift and then Wise made the play of night.
The puck was
left behind Olmsted Falls goal for a defender. Wise came and just
took the puck and found Dan Kana at the goal's doorstep. That made
it 4-1, but Bay still did not relax.
they came back and beat us when we were up 4-2 after two," Lindsay
said. "We knew that they could come back. So we knew we had to step
it up and come out flying."
That they did.
Bay scored five times in the final period and won 9-2. Wise and
Kana each notched a second goal. Abraham completed his hat trick
and Cam Gibbons and Cam Skinner also lit the lamp. Jason Kolar scored
a power play goal for Olmsted Falls.
Count Bay the
most surprised at the final margin.
have believed it," Chadwick said. "We just played the best we have
all year. The key is to keep it there."
Bay lost every
game in the opening SWC tournament including the opener 6-1 to Olmsted
Falls. The seniors admitted at the time they did not believe they
could repeat as Blue West Champions.
"No way I thought
we could win it again," Abraham said. "We had so many freshman and
had lost so many seniors. To come all the way back and beat Olmsted
Falls 9-2, that is a great achievement."
And the youngsters
played their part as well.
"Most of the
season, it has been mostly our line scoring all of the goals while
the others lines been stopping other teams but not scoring as much,"
Lindsay said. "Tonight they stepped up and scored some big goals."
that this year has been one of his most satisfying as a coach.
doubt, this year has been a lot of fun," Chadwick said. "It has
been a frustrating year because we felt like we were close and could
not get over the hump. The Baron Cup will be fun if we can keep
it at this level."
It was an emotional
weekend for Olmsted Falls. First they lost a hard fought battle
that could have clinched the Blue West late on Saturday night. Turning
around to play your biggest rival is one thing but many of the players
were at the hospital late. Freshman Buddy Gerus was injured against
busted up his jaw and had a concussion," coach Craig Patton said.
"The kids rallied around him and had a late night at the hospital.
Today they just didn't have it."
has the Baron Cup II and the playoffs. Can he get his team to bounce
"We have to
get ourselves together," Patton said. "Right now it is crumble or
come back and play the best hockey you can. I have faith in these
guys. They will bounce back."
8-1-1 in the Blue West and 14-11-3 overall. Olmsted Falls was 8-2
in the Blue West and 14-6-3 overall.
Bay won their
Baron Cup II opener Monday night 12-2 over Kenston. Lindsay had
5 goals and two assists. Wise scored once but had 7 assists. Kyle
Knight also played well. He scored once and had 5 assists.