Coach lauds Aurora icers' effort in 4-2 defeat

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- On Jan. 18, the Greenmen ice hockey squad traveled to Canton knowing it needed a strong game against Blue West Division leader North Canton Hoover.

Despite losing to the Vikings 4-2 the squad did everything coach John Sheridan asked of it. "We said before the game that we needed strong goaltending, and we also had to play good positional hockey and not get caught running around chasing the puck."

The Greenmen got the first goal of the game on a power play, with Mike Ambrose scoring, assisted by Brandt Vermillion and Canton McElwee. Hoover took the lead with two goals in the opening period and outshot AHS 17-4 count.

Aurora gave up a power play goal late in the second period to trail 3-1 as the Vikings drilled 23 second-period shots toward goaltender Rachael Schwartz, who stood tall in the nets.

In the third period, Ambrose cut the lead to 3-2, scoring his team-leading 14th goal of the season unassisted just over a minute into the frame. Aurora had chances, but Hoover finished off the scoring at the six-minute mark to up their division record to 10-1.

"This game and coming off a win over Benedictine were probably our two best games of the season" said the coach. "We really played well against a real good team and Rachael kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win." Schwartz made 52 saves against a team that was averaging over six goals a game.

The icers have two games on the agenda this week -- Jan. 25 at 8:45 p.m. at Cleveland Heights, hoping to avenge an early season 3-2 loss to the Tigers, and Jan. 27 at 6:40 p.m. at the Pond against Notre Dame Cathedral Latin.

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