FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- The varsity hockey team lost their first two Blue East Division games to Nordonia and West Geauga over the weekend. The team is off to a rough start as it has dropped its first five games of the season.
Aurora hosted Nordonia on Dec. 6 and entertained the fans at the Pond with their most exciting game in several seasons. It couldn't have started any better for the as junior captain Brandt Vermillion scored twice in the first 1 1/2 minutes and the Greenmen looked like they were off and running.
After a Nordonia goal, Vermillion tallied the third goal of his four on the night to put the team back up by two. The Knights countered with two late goals and the first period ended even at 3.
Nordonia then grabbed the lead, scoring 38 seconds into the second period. Seconds later Aurora freshman Nick Capretta tied the game with an assist from Vermillion. The visitors then scored midway through the frame and early in the third period to push their lead to 6-4.
AHS put on some late heroics as Capretta scored with less than three minutes remaining. Vermillion tied the match with a power play goal with 51 seconds left.
The teams then went into an 8 minute sudden death overtime period. The Greenmen had several chances early in the extra session, but it was the Knights who ended up celebrating, as they scored the winner with just over four minutes left for a 7-6 victory.
Vermillion lead the team with his four goals and two assists. Capretta had a 4-point night with two goals and two helpers. Kelly Sheridan and Oliver Ketonen also made the scoring sheet with two assists. Dominic Cinalli scored 5 goals, including the game winner, for Nordonia.
On Dec. 8, the team tangled with West Geauga at Gilmore Academy and played a solid first period, but three goals late in the period started the downfall and the team fell 11-1. Kenny Pope blasted home a slapshot for Aurora's only offensive highlight.
The squad has three weekend games coming up -- Dec. 13 at 8:40 p.m. at the Pond against Avon, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in Mentor to play Notre Dame Cathedral Latin and Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. against Twinsburg at the Garfield Heights Ice Rink.