Ice squad continues to struggle, record drops to 1-8-1

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- The Greenmen's ice hockey team slide continued last week as the squad lost two games to drop their season record to 1-8-1.

The icers are mired in a five game losing streak with no relief in sight as they're in the midst of the Chagrin Valley Conference hockey tournament with three upper division schools.

The first game of the tournament was a 5-1 loss to Kenston. Despite the score, the locals may have played one of their best games of the season as they hung with the high-powered Bombers. Kenston scored three first period goals; the teams then played a scoreless second frame.

AHS made things interesting in the third as Nathaniel Schwartz drove down the right wing, cut to the net and put a shot on goal. Mike Ambrose stuffed the rebound into the short side, his seventh goal of the year to narrow the gap to 3-1 with 9 minutes to go.

A Kenston power play goal and Aurora's inability to capitalize on its man advantage chances sealed the locals' fate.

Head coach John Sheridan liked what he saw in the effort department. "Kenston is a good hockey club; we worked hard and I thought we played well," he said.

The effort was encouraging after a disastrous loss the day before -- 9-1 by Benedictine. "It was our worst game of the season," Sheridan lamented.

Aurora trailed 2-0 after the first period. Two Bengal penalties gave the Greenmen a two-man power play advantage, when disaster struck. Benedictine stole a pass and scored short-handed goal to totally deflate the team.

By the time the smoke cleared, the Bennies tallied 4 more times in the period to coast to victory. Steve Lawrie scored unassisted on a shot from the blue line in the middle stanza.

"We have to play them in our building and I know we can play better than that," said Sheridan.

The already thin lineup was missing two players and the large ice surface at Cleveland Heights didn't help matters for the beleaguered squad.

This week features three more tough contests. The team plays another CVC tourney game tonight (Dec. 19) at 8:20 against Orange at the Pond . On Dec. 21, AHS travels to Mentor for a 6 p.m. match against Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, and rounds out the week hosting Midview on Dec. 22 at 4:20 p.m.

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