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Aurora -- The Greenmen hockey squad went 1-2-1 in the past week, putting its overall record at 7-6-1.
On Dec 31, the locals hosted the Blue North Division first place Avon Lake Shoreman, who had defeated AHS 7-2 in their previous meeting Dec 4. This time, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
The locals played solid first period capped off with a goal by junior Joe Capretta with a minute left. The score remained 1-0 until 2 minutes into the third period when Avon Lake tied it up.
AHS junior Tomi Pirinen then cashed in with 5 minutes left, but the Shoremen pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and deflected the puck past AHS senior goalie Joey Brockway with 24 seconds left to tie it.
The game went into an 8-minute sudden death overtime, where both teams suffered penalties and had power play chances, but neither could capitalize.
Capretta, sophomore Jack Pfiffner and Pirinen all added assists, and Brockway made 28 saves.
On Jan 5, the locals battled Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy at Kent State University Ice Arena in a division game.
The Royals scored 4 goals in the first two periods to grab a 4-1 lead. AHS mounted a small comeback bid, netting 3 goals in the third, but CVCA tacked on 2 more to earn a 6-4 win.
Pirinen and senior Nick Capretta each had 2 goals and Joe Capretta, Pfiffner, junior Cole Rausch and freshman Jack McElwee each had an assist. Brockway made 46 saves in net. CVCA improved to 2-4-1 in the Blue North division with the win.
AHS then defeated Parma Normandy 2-1 in a league game Jan. 7. Normandy struck early to take the lead, then Joe Capretta wristed home a goal with 6 minutes left in the period to tie it.
Pirinen netted a power play tally halfway through the third period to give AHS the lead, and the locals hung on.
Nick and Joe Capretta, Pfiffner and freshman Patrick Murray all added assists. Sophomore goalie Jordan Smith made 21 saves as AHS improved to 4-3-1 in the Blue North Division and took sole possession of second place. Normandy fell to 3-2.
The weekend was capped off by a 5-3 non-league loss to Orange, as Pirinen opened the scoring 5 minutes into the contest before the Lions tied it 3 minutes later.
Orange added two more second period tallies to take a 3-1 lead, then Nick Capretta scored off a faceoff. Orange tallied, and Joe Capretta countered with 4 minutes left.
The Greenmen pulled their goalie for an extra attacker in the last minute and the Lions netted an empty net goal with 2 seconds left to improve their record to 4-6 overall.
Pirinen, Murray and senior Dominic Hesmondhalgh each added an assist, and Brockway made 23 saves.
The Greenmen are participating in the NDCL Winter Invitational this week. The remainder of games are Jan. 13 at 8:30 p.m. against Benedictine, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. against Cleveland Heights, and a possible championship or consolation game Jan 15. All are at Mentor Civic Ice Arena.
Through 14 games, Pirinen leads the squad with 40 points, and Joe Capretta leads in goals with 25.