Aurora hockey team ends with win, awaits tourney

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- The Greenmen icers finished it's regular season schedule on a positive note by defeating Brush by a 9-3 score on Feb. 2.

The victory, coupled with a 6-1 loss earlier in the week to Parma, gave the squad a 5-19-1 record heading into the single elimination state tournament, which opens Feb. 11 at the Kent State University Ice Arena.

The nine goals Aurora scored in the weekend victory was its second largest offensive showing of the season. The offense was led by Mike Ambrose's two goals and two assists. He leads the team in scoring with 26 points and goals with 16.

The team began slow, trailing 1-0 and 2-1 before Ambrose tied it and Nathaniel Schwartz gave AHS the lead late in the first period.

A five-goal second period put the game away. Kelly Sheridan and Brandt Vermillion each had two goals and one assist. Stephen Lawrie had a four-point night with a goal and three assists.

Colin MacDonald tallied a goal and two assists, while Schwartz added a goal and an assist.

Coach John Sheridan said, "It's nice to get a win and to have our offense open up and score a bunch of goals." The offense has struggled for much of the season, averaging fewer than two goals a contest prior to the game.

One thing the Greenmen have had a lot of this season is penalties, and 10 of them really hurt in the loss to Parma.

Schwartz had the only goal of the game, assisted by Lawrie and MacDonald, while goaltender Rachael Schwartz stopped 32 Parma shots as AHS played short-handed for most of the third period.

Seeding and scheduling for the state tournament will be unveiled today (Feb. 6).

"Our goal is to draw a team that we're capable of upsetting with a great effort and working together," said Sheridan.

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