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Season Preview 2012-13

The Canfield High School hockey team embarks on its 16th year overall and 13th as an OHSAA sanctioned team.  The Cards will again play in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL), but in the newly formed Blue Central East division, with two league games against Brush, Nordonia, Twinsburg, and West Geauga.   Canfield will also play a tough cross over schedule with teams from the Blue Central West:  Bay, Brooklyn, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, and Western Reserve Academy.

Canfield has had its share of ups and downs over the last several seasons and looks to rebound after a 5-21 season.   Randy Emery begins his 6th season as head coach of the Cardinals, who return 3 seniors to the lineup for the 2012-13 campaign.

“We are in a competitive division for us,” Emery claims, “it’s a matter of coming together as a team,  making good decisions, and executing, if we want success this season.”

Senior captain, Josh Tancer, returns for his 4th varsity campaign.  Tancer has played mainly defense for the Cards, but Coach Emery indicates he will “use him wherever needed, he’s that type of team mate.” Tancer has put the Cardinal uniform on for 74 games and brings “leadership and experience to our team.” Emery added.

Senior forward Pat Bassett begins his third varsity season for the Cards. He chipped in 2 goals and 4 assists last season in 21 games. Also, senior forward, Jared Daugherty laces the skates up for his second varsity season.

Emery stated, “Our seniors love the game of hockey and they all bring an added leadership quality to our young team.”

The Cards are hoping to benefit offensively from junior captain, Nick Crescimanno’s,  ability to distribute the puck and his net presence, as Crescimanno brings 5 goals and 14 assists in his two seasons. Junior defenseman, Tim Fernstrom will be counted on for his toughness and ability to protect in front of junior goaltender Megan Cole. Cole has the tough task of replacing the OHSAA all time saves leader, Roger Geiser, who graduated last season. Junior, TJ Sakkas looks to help offensively after an injury riddled season last year and class mate Britanny Bettile shores up the defense.

The sophomore class is headed by forward Danny Drotleff, who saw action in 26 games last year as a freshman. Defenseman, JP Clendenin and forward, PJ Denney who both played in half the varsity games last season, bring added toughness to the ice.  Mitchell Blasko and Grant Guillia will step up to varsity this season after playing for the developmental team last year.

This season’s freshman class will hope to earn playing time as Pete Crescimanno, (Nick’s Brother), Collin Fishel, and back up goal tender Patrick Byrne, all put the varsity sweaters on for the first time.

Varsity coaching assistants Paul Barnes and Joe Villano bring plenty of experience to the team.  Barnes is in his 4th year coaching the Canfield defense, while Joe Villano, former head coach of the team, has been with the program for 14 seasons, and returns to work with the goal tenders.  The Cards open the 2012-13 season November 23rd,  hosting the 12th annual Canfield Hockey Thanksgiving tournament. Avon HS, Mentor HS junior varsity, and West Geauga will competewith Canfield Thanksgiving weekend, at the Ice Zone in Boardman.

For full season schedule and up to date team news visit the team website:

1. Start out going south on Cardinal Dr toward Brook Park Dr.
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2. Take the 2nd left onto US-224/W Main St. Continue to follow US-224.   
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3. Merge onto OH-11 N toward Youngstown.
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4. Merge onto I-80 W via EXIT 41A on the left toward Cleveland (Portions toll).
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5. Merge onto I-480 W via EXIT 187 toward Cleveland.
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6. Keep right to take I-480 W via EXIT 26A-B toward Airport/Cleveland.
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5411 Turney Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125 United States
41.416040, -81.602390
(Address is approximate)

Below is an incomplete list of former players  and coaches.  Please help us form a more complete list by sending info to the above email. 

Former Head Coaches: Dave Dejoe,  Joe Villano, Randy Emery

Former Assistant Coaches:  Mike Rostek, Ryan Dejoe, 

Players :

Paul Dejoe                            Chad Umbel                          Kevin Kane

Rocky Russo                         Patrick Harbison                   Connor Keating

Vic Divito '01                        Patrick Lane                         Kyle Terrieri

Rob Elgin '01                        Jake Karsten                        Brandon Villano

Neil Guerrieri '01                  Nils Johnson                        Taylor Murchoch '02

Jim Mistovich '02                 Jordan Miklos                      Nick Rulli '02

Bob Brocker '02                   Sean Bailey                          Ryan Bell

Alex George                         Erin Howard                         Ryan Dejoe '03

Josh Gestoni '03                  Steve Kline '03                    Chris Meditz

Bob Debiec '04                    Tom Pangoopoulos '04           Alex Vrable '04

Phillip Tolf                           Sam Crowe '04                     Andy Davis '04

Jeff Kane                             Brandon Beil '04                   Eric Buente '04

Adam Cardlin                        Mike Vrable '05                   Tim Jones '05

Pat Anderson '05                  George West '06                   Mark Maxwell '06

D.J. Haurin '07                     Zach Kovacs '07                   Bill Pfau '07

Tom Mikes '07                      A.J. Ward '07                     Conner McNamara '07

Chris Schade '08                  Brian Moore '08                    Gary Tomko '08

Chad Fisher '08                    Nick Manos '08                     Ryan Meditz  '08

Tony Carney '08                   Tyler Mowry                         Will Jensen

Mark Novotny '08                Tyler Buchenic '09                 Ben Kline '09

Tom Cheslik '09                    Max Siegle '09                      Steve Stanislaw '09

Dan Johns '09                      John Neher '09                      Evan Smith '09

Greg Firestone '09              Scott Sittig '10                        Riley Emery '11

Joe Geiser '11                      Nick Carnery '11                     Bryan Clark '11

Kyle Bassett '11                    Chris Vouvalis '11                     Tyler English '11

Mike Haurin '11                     Sean Meditz '12                      Ryan Ohara '12                     

Roger Geiser '12

Adam Scheetz '12                  Scott Schilling '12                  Stephen Feko '12

Pat  Bassett '13                      Jared Daugherty '13              Josh Tancer '13

Nick Cressimano '14                TJ Sakkes '14 Megan Cole '15

JP Clendenin '15 Braden Falkingham '15 Darby Hepola '15

PJ Denney '15 Mitchell Blasko '15 Danny Drotleff '15

Pat Byrne '16 Steven  Sansoterra '16 Nathan Buttle '16

Logan Falkingham '16

Sam Hepola '17 Seth Opladen '17 Anthony Clendenin '17

Tony Cole '17 Dean Lauer '17  


** Thanks to Jan Kovacs former hockey board treasurer for help in updating our list!

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Jan 27, 2007 (Vindicator)

Posted by Randy Emery at Feb 17, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Kovacs' 3 goals key Canfield

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The Cardinals overpowered Twinsburg, 6-3, for their 10th win this season. By JOHN KOVACH VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF BOARDMAN

— The Canfield High ice hockey team had defeated Twinsburg twice this season before Friday's game, and so the Cardinals suspected they weren't going against the Tigers' regular goalie in their third meeting at the Ice Zone. Canfield capitalized on the Twinsburg goalie Joel Sands' inexperience with a strong offensive attack. Zack Kovacs fired in three goals and added an assist to lead the Cardinals to a 6-3 decision in a Cleveland High School Hockey League game. "We knew that we were playing against an inexperienced goalie and that we had to be patient [and we would score]," said coach Joe Villano of Canfield (10-9-1, 4-6 CHSHL). "Kovacs knew he had to be patient [and he was]. "This is the third time we played them. We now are 3-0 against them," Villano said. Kovacs, a senior forward, scored two of his goals without help, one coming on a penalty shot and the other unassisted. His other goal came on an assist from Connor McNamara to give him a hat trick. Kovacs is the Cardinals' leading scorer this season with 25 goals and 10 assists for 35 points. "[Kovacs] pretty much plays like this all the time. He has had hat tricks before. He is our leading scorer," said Villano, whose team got off to a strong start with a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Greg Firestone and Tom Cheslik. Tyler Buchenic and Tom Carney got the respective assists. "We maintained control in our zone," Villano said. "We were keeping the puck in our zone. We were able to maneuver it in our zone." Sands' first time in goal Coach Val Hernandez of Twinsburg (7-15-1, 3-8) said that although substitute goalie Sands gave up six goals, that he also played a good game for being in goal for the first time. "I was very pleased the way he played," Hernandez said. "You couldn't tell that it was the first time that he played goalie. "And we even played better defense because we knew we had to do that to back him up," said Hernandez, who explained that the team lost its goalie due to academic ineligibility. "We lost our regular goalie, Josh Arnold, due to ineligibility. He was on top in the Blue Division in save percentage. He is a junior. We lost him to grades," Hernandez said. "We have no back-up goalie. A defensive player [Sands] played goalie," Hernandez said. "We put him in there because we had no other goalie. This is the first time he ever played goalie." "[Sands] will play there the rest of the season. Arnold will be out the rest of the season." Cameron Labry scored two goals for Twinsburg while Sean Williams had the other tally. Kovacs strikes Williams' goal on assists from Bob Bartok and Peter Judy cut Canfield's lead to 2-1, but Kovacs' first goal on McNamara's assist boosted the Cardinals ahead by 3-1 entering the second period. Then Labnry scored on assists from Bartok and Grayson Collins to pull the Tigers within 3-2, before Kovacs scored two in a row on a penalty shot and without assist to make it 5-2 after two periods. Labry struck again on Collins' assist to make it 5-3 with about 13 minutes remaining, but Kovacs final score on McNamara's assist with about 2:35 added insurance. Villano said that Mark Takach was outstanding on defense while Tyler Buchenic played well at center. "Takach was real strong back there. He had an excellent game," Villano said. "Buchenic is our third-line center. He was flying around the ice with good speed and made good decisions." Villano also said goalie Brian Moore made some nice stops. "Our goalie Brian Moore was coming off an injury. It's tough to play in goal when you are not getting [a lot of] shots," Villano said.

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Canfield Hockey "A Look Back"

Posted by Randy Emery at Feb 17, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

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CANFIELD HOCKEY Loss to Aurora is minor setback By Tom Williams Sunday, January 13, 2002

The Cardinals still have five wins in their last eight games. By TOM WILLIAMS VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF

BOARDMAN -- Canfield High ice hockey coach Dave DeJoe says young players often struggle when they play the puck instead of an opponent's body. DeJoe said his young Cardinals struggled with that battle in Saturday's 7-4 loss to Aurora in a Greater Cleveland Suburban League game at the Ice Zone. Aurora's Drew Troy scored four goals to lead the Greenmen to the Blue East Division victory. Reasoning: "Maybe we got a little too cocky," said Canfield junior Jeff Kane after Aurora scored five consecutive goals for a 6-2 lead. "They certainly picked up their play in the second period." Part of DeJoe's frustration is knowing how well his squad (5-7-1) played against Aurora in the first game, a 7-1 victory. "This is a funny game," DeJoe said, citing how well Canfield played in Friday's 5-1 victory over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. "We jumped out to a 2-1 lead, then we stopped playing," DeJoe said of Saturday's game. "That's the problem with a young team sometimes, getting them to play for a full 45 minutes." Still, DeJoe said he feels good about Canfield's 5-2-1 record in the past eight games. "If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we'd be 5-7 at this point, I'd have taken it in a heartbeat," DeJoe said. Early lead: Kane put Canfield ahead 1-0 on an assist from Steve Kline. "I set up in front of the net and Steve sent me a great pass," Kane said. Troy responded with a powerplay goal. Sam Crowe put the Cards ahead 2-1 when he buried a rebound of a Josh Gestosani shot from the point past Aurora goalie Adam Swift. In the second period, Troy netted another goal on a powerplay, scoring the first of the Greenmen's five straight goals. Steve McCreight broke the tie with an end-to-end rush, pulling Canfield goalie Ryan DeJoe down and flipping the puck in. Late in the period, Kyle Olson scored his first of two goals for a 4-2 lead. Seconds into the third period, Olson scored off a faceoff, then Troy followed with his third goal. Rally: Canfield got back in the game temporarily when Kline deflected Kane's shot past Swift. Taylor Murdoch's goal four minutes later cut the Aurora lead to 6-4. But 40 seconds later, Troy's fourth goal sealed Aurora's win. "Any time you score four goals, it's an exceptional game," Dave DeJoe said of Troy. "But we were very confused around our net and left a few too many rebounds." Canfield's next game is a makeup contest with CVCA Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice Zone.