Alumni reunite for game on ice; varsity heads into new year 0-11

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Greenman hockey club continued what has been a hockey tradition by welcoming back former players for an alumni game.

Twenty-nine former players suited up Dec. 21 at the Pond in Auburn Township to renew friendships, swap stories, share laughs and play a pick-up game, loosely refereed by head coach John Sheridan.

The game was fun for the players and spectators as the "green" and "white" semi-battled each other on the ice. Action featured players from the original Greenmen team 15 years ago -- Pat Flanik and Ryan Shary -- to the newest alumni -- Canton McElwee, Colin MacDonald and Steve Lawrie, who were seniors on the varsity last season.

The game also featured some siblings -- Robert and David Walker, Jon and Steve Angus and Courtney and Matt Rausch. Current assistant coaches Kevin Carroll, Brent Flanik and Joe Lawrie also suited up.

The white squad won in dramatic fashion as Rob Walker tied the game in the last two seconds and Steve McCreight, who holds the record for most overtime goals in his Aurora career, added to his legend by scoring the winning goal in sudden death overtime to win it 14-13.

Jacob Meyer, Matt Nowak, Aaron Jaskiewicz, Sean Gallagher, Jon Deacon, Matt Pleveich, Jordan Thorn and Pat Hawk also participated along with Kevin Wolf, Paul Heacox, old timer Erik Knudsen, Jay Adams, Rob Cooke and Joe Alston.

After the game the players presented Sheridan with a token of their appreciation, recognizing his 10 years on the Aurora bench.

The current Greenmen squad (0-11 overall) hopes for brighter things in 2014. The team is still looking for its initial victory after losing to Orange 10-0 and Kenston 10-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference holiday tournament.

The locals resume action Jan. 4 hosting Blue East division foe West Geauga Wolverines at the Pond with an 8:40 p.m. opening faceoff.

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