FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora — The ice hockey season opened over the Thanksgiving weekend for the Greenmen, but the results were disappointing.
Aurora notched three losses right out of the gate in the Parma holiday tournament.
Head coach John Sheridan is fielding his smallest squad as AHS kicked off the tourney with eight skaters and finished with seven. The undermanned icers simply ran out of gas in all three contests.
In the opener, Bay Village scored on its first shot of the game and outshot the locals 12-4 in the first period. By early in the third period, Aurora trailed 2-0, when Steven Laurie scored unassisted on a power play, banking a shot off the Rockets goalie from behind the net.
Bay got the goal back a mere 13 seconds later for the final 3-1 margin of victory. Goalie Rachel Schwartz kept the Greenmen in the game, turning back 25 shots.
“I thought that was a winnable game for us,” said Sheridan. “Rachael played a solid game; she gave us 9 solid periods of goaltending.
“We — coach Paul Angus, Rick MacDonald and myself — have been preaching discipline since training camp. We committed too many penalties. We can’t afford to be short-handed, especially with so few players.”
The lack of discipline really showed in the next game against Benedictine. With the game scoreless midway through the second period, Aurora took a five-minute major penalty.
The Bengals then scored three times on the power play, scoring four goals on the way to the 5-0 victory. Schwartz turned in her best game of the tourney, stopping 41 shots.
It was an even game until we got into the penalty box,” Sheridan said.
The final game of the weekend, a 6-0 loss to Parma, was a gritty one.
“I thought we gave a good effort, worked hard and played pretty good fundamental hockey despite being seriously outmanned,” the coach said. “We should be back to full strength in about two weeks, so we need to keep up the effort.”
Aurora was to face Avon Lake on Nov. 27. On Nov. 30, Twinsburg will invade the Pond for a 4:50 p.m. match and on Dec. 1 the locals host Mayfield at 6:30 p.m.