Aurora -- The Greenmen ice hockey team picked up its first win of the season, along with a tie in three games last week.
Aurora traveled to Rocky River on Nov. 27 and defeated Avon Lake 10-4. Over the weekend, coach John Sheridan's squad hosted two games at the Pond, tying Twinsburg 1-2 and losing to Mayfield 7-1.
After scoring only one goal in their first three games the offense exploded against Avon Lake. Aurora trailed 2-1 in the first period before reeling off 8 straight goals to overwhelm the Shoremen.
Mike Ambrose led the offense with 4 goals and 4 assists, and Brandt Vermillion was right behind with a three-goal hat trick and 2 assists. Oliver Ketonen had a 4-point game with 2 goals and Kenny Pope found the net. Canton McElwee had 3 assists and Kelly Sheridan and Steve Lawrie each had an assist
"It's always nice to get the first win and we really played well, especially skating and making plays in the offensive zone, and more importantly we stayed out of the penalty box," said Sheridan.
Defensively, the team played a solid game. After giving up 2 goals in the first 3 minutes Aurora didn't allow a goal until AL scored twice in the final minute. Goalie Rachael Schwartz stopped 19 shots, while the Greenmen blasted 58 shots at the Shoremen cage
In the home opener against Twinsburg, Ambrose picked up where he left off, scoring midway through the first period, assisted by Kelly Sheridan.
That was all the offense Aurora could muster as the Tigers evened the game in the second period. The game was played quickly with few whistles and only one penalty on Twinsburg.
The Greenmen's power play couldn't score despite several chances, and the teams settled for a draw. The shots were just about even. AHS came on stronger in the third with 13 shots, and Schwartz again had a strong game stopping 26 of 27 shots.
"I think we tried to do too much individually instead of passing the puck or dumping it into their zone and that really wore us out, especially with such a short bench," stated the coach.
Against Mayfield, Lawrie excited the fans as he raced up ice and fired a slap shot into the net to tie the game with 5 seconds left in the first period, assisted by McElwee. After that, the Wildcats took control and ground down the Greenmen to score the game's last 6 goals.
On Dec. 8, the Geenmen host Cleveland Heights at 4:20 p.m. and on Dec. 9, they host Avon at 6:40 p.m.