FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- The high school hockey team split two games last weekend. It defeated Benedictine after losing the night before to Olmstead Falls.
The team is 2-8 in the Blue East Division and 4-15-1 overall.
The Greenmen got off to a rocky start against Olmsted Falls giving up a goal 18 seconds after the opening faceoff. Senior defensemen Steve Lawrie tied the game with a bank shot off the Bulldogs goalie from behind the goal line after a pass from e Canton McElwee.
Falls grabbed the lead for good a minute later, and Bulldogs scored the final two goals in the second period. The third period was scoreless.
"We just didn't have the intensity, combined with bad breakdowns in our zone was the difference," said Greenmen coach John Sheridan.
Rachael Schwartz stopped 15 of 19 shots and Aurora hammered 15 shots at the Bulldog cage.
AHS stormed back the next night. Brandt Vermillion and Mike Ambrose scored in the first 5 minutes. After Benedictine closed the gap, Kelly Sheridan and Colin MacDonald then added to the lead.
Benedictine got the next two goals before Ambrose scored unassisted for a 2-goal lead in the third period. Benedictine closed out the scoring, making it 5-4 with 3:45 left in the game.
"We needed Rachael to preserve the win for us and she came through when the game was on the line," said Sheridan, as she saved 30 shots.
Nathaniel Schwartz and Brandt Vermillion added 2 assists and Ambrose, the team's leading scorer, added a helper. "I thought we played our best game of the season," said senior co-captain McElwee.
Earlier in the season, Benedictine beat AHS 9-1 and 5-0.
The locals head to North Canton Hoover on Jan. 18 at 5:50 p.m.