Olmstedís Kyle Swanseger passes the puck to Chad Murphy. (West
Life photos by Larry Bennet)
look to be best in hockey this season
By Matt Pawlikowski
Published Dec. 19, 2007
yes, itís that time of year again. The snow is falling, and, well,
itís a hockey night in Cleveland.
So who has the best local team? Once again, that distinction
goes to North Olmsted, who, under the guidance of Tim Murphy won
the SWC last year, racking up a 26-6 record including 7-3 in the
Leading the way will be his son Chad, who not only
looked like Sydney Crosby, but also was the best scorer in the state
last year putting up an astronomical 95 points. He will also get
plenty of help, as Sam DeJoy, who ranked fifth in the area in points,
also returns for another year.
In addition to those two, the team returns nine other
letter winners from last year, including Tyler Arencec, Logan Beach,
Stephan Bond, Matt Konyesni, Ron Soltesz, Chad Cullinan, and brothers
Dan and Chad McBride.
The Eagles had a great tandem in goal last year as
Terry Legg and Dan Patterson held down the fort, but both have graduated,
not to mention a few of their top defensemen. But, in newcomer Zach
Laughbaum, a transfer from the state of Montana, the goal position
seems to be in good hands.
Last year, in what was somewhat of a surprise, Olmsted
Falls won the White Division. Olmsted Falls should be tough again
this year. Last year the team went 18-11-1, and return one of the
areas top net minders in Pat Butterfield, who stopped over 90 percent
of the shots that came at him last year.
Eagles score a goal against Elyria Catholic Dec. 9
But scoring also should not be a problem, as one of
the areaís top scorers last year, (65 points) in Buddy Gerus returns,
as does Dave Turner, who had 45 points.
It doesnít hurt that 13 letterman, including Gerus,
Cam Brady, Jason Kolar, Turner, Justen Bement, Butterfield, Mike
Sturm, Colin Brady, Eddie Gerus, Hayden Jones, Eric Kolar, Ryan
Pettiti, and Nuick Riolo return.
Jason Kolar turned out to be one of the better defenseman
around, but in order for the Bulldogs to be successful someone else
will need to step up.
Bay, which plays in the White West Division, went
14-17 last year, including 3-10 in the division, but played each
game tough. It might be tough though for the Rockets to duplicate
last yearís slate, as they lost one of their top players in Cam
Skinner, who underwent surgery for his knee after football.
Still, the cupboard is far from bare. The Rockets
do return a lot of talent along with experience. Bay has 12 letterman
returning including Chris Sedlack, who was the top scorer last season
with 44 goals. Also back is Charlie Davis, who netted 36 points,
along with Dan Kana, who had 39 points. With Zach Hahn, Chris Osburn,
Buddy Martin, Matt MacLaughlin, Matt Noternerdino, Jack Jordan,
and Dan Pailes in the mix, Bay will get some scoring.
Another key for the Rockets will be the play of Kevin
Figuira in goal. If the Rockets have a weakness, again with the
loss of Skinner, who was a good defenseman, that would be the slot.