Olmsted’s Terry Legg (goal) gets some help from defenseman Mike
Tomko (22) as Matt Konyesni (18) and Chad Murphy (7) look on
as they wait for the puck to clear. (Photo by Larry Bennet)
put talons to Cougars at the 'Q'
By Matt Pawlikowski
Published Jan. 10, 2007
wasn’t the Stanley Cup, but for a period, North Olmsted’s players
played like it was. But can you blame them?
The Eagles game against Lake Catholic was no ordinary
contest. It was the first game to be played on the ice at Quicken
Loans Arena in over a year. Not to mention the team got to dress
in a professional locker room, and throughout the contest, there
was a huge state-of-the-art scoreboard showing all the replays with
loud music playing.
Some may call it a case of big time nerves, but perhaps
even better, as coach Tim Murphy said, his players just got caught
up in the moment.
“I think the highlight of the game for the kids was
walking into the locker room, then walking out the tunnel to the
ice,’’ said Murphy. “It was a big deal for them. To be able to play
in a venue like this, compared to our rink, they were definitely
Although North Olmsted started well, jumping out to
a 2-0 lead on goals from Dan McBride and a penalty shot from Sam
DeJoy, Lake made a game of things, utilizing their speed.
In the second period with the game tied at 2-apiece,
Lake Catholic appeared to take the lead with 8:47 left but the Cougars
were called with interference. Three minutes later at 5:59, Lake’s
Josh Vance was able to tickle the twine off a shot from behind the
net that ricocheted off Terry Legg’s leg, putting the Cougars up
North Olmsted wasn’t done, though, and with 2:19 left
in the period, on a breakaway, Logan Beach, with a great slap shot
from the left side of the net, scored to tie things up.
DeJoy’s second goal of the game at 4:42 in the third,
off a pass from Chad Murphy proved to be the game winner.
“He cycled it down low, and it popped out right in
front,’’ said DeJoy. “I just banged it in.”
Despite his goal, DeJoy refused to take credit for
“We played strong offensively and defensively and
had strong goaltending, and that is why we won,’’ said DeJoy. “It
took us a period to get used to the surroundings, but after the
second period, we started playing hockey again. I think we were
definitely watching ourselves on the jumbotron.
North Olmsted High School hockey team celebrates following a
4-3 victory over Lake Catholic High School Sunday afternoon
at Quicken Loans Arena.
DeJoy’s goal may have sealed the win for North Olmsted,
but from that point on, it was a defensive challenge for the Eagles.
Legg’s play in net became another key factor into the Eagles coming
away with the win. On the night the goalie stopped 22 shots, but
it was the barrage he withstood in the final minutes, that handed
North Olmsted its 15th win of the year.
“Terry played real well, especially in the third period
when we were sagging a bit, and kept us in there,’’ said Murphy.
“He really stood back and played really, really well.”
Lake Catholic pulled its goalie with just under a
minute to play and had an extra man on the ice. It enabled the Cougars
to put even more pressure on Legg and his defenders, but he did
not waver, and stopped the eight shots that flew his way.
“For the first four or five minutes, I sort of lost
focus, with the big tron up there,’ said Legg. “But in the third
period, I kept the bottom of the net, kept my gloves up, and chased
things that came up high.
The Eagles, who sit at 15-4, are off until this weekend,
when the Southwestern Conference Tournament returns to the North
Olmsted Recreation Center.
“It will be a very competitive tournament again,’’
said Murphy. “We’d like to win it, but there are some good teams
in our conference.”