Tough weekend for NR; Bears lose three, tie one.
The North Royalton Bears hockey team struggled mightily this weekend, playing four games in just two days, losing three of them and tying the other. The Bears hoping to get a jump on their season packed the weekend with quality opponents but perhaps bit off more than they could chew. The Bears opened up at Center Ice in Canton on Saturday, November 22nd against Jackson falling to the Polar Bears 5-1. North Royalton out shot the Polar Bears, 37-22, but could only muster a lone goal which came in the middle period scored by Timmy Orlosky and assisted by Jacob Krosky and Paul Jablonski. The Bears used two goaltenders in the loss; Danny Fielding (11/14) got the start and was replaced by Joey Fratantonio (6/8) with 6 minutes remaining in the second.
North Royalton returned home, to OBM Arena, for an evening game on the 22nd facing off against Fremont and falling, 6-4, to the Ice Wolves. The Bears got on the board first when Paul Jablonski scored on the power play assisted by Jacob Krosky and Timmy Orlosky. After Fremont tied the game, Royalton added the next two- Orlosky netted the first assisted by Jablonski and Krosky and Anthony Picciano add the next one assisted by Nicolai Kolasinski and Michael Schlegel. Fremont closed the gap only to see the Bears take another two goal lead when Schlegel fed Cam Cook who blasted a shot from the point past the Ice Wolves net minder. North Royalton’s defensive struggles continued as they surrendered the next four goals, one at the end of the 2nd and three in the final period. Danny Fielding got the start and struggled, giving up 5 goals on just 19 shots , which led to his being replaced by Joey Fratantonio who played the final 10 minutes giving up 1 goal on 8 shots.
The Bears headed to Gilmour on November 23rd to take on Kenston in non-league play falling to the Bombers 5-2. Kenston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead scoring 3 goals on their first 12 shots before North Royalton answered with one of their own. Eric Golla, assists to Nick Magro and Brian Fielding, tapped in a loose puck with 26 seconds remaining in the middle period however the excitement was short lived as just 15 seconds later Kenston added their fourth of the game. The Bombers added their fifth goal early in the 3rd leading to a Bears goalie change. North Royalton netted their 2nd of the game midway through the final period, on the power play, when Nicolai Kolasinski (assists to Magro and Paul Jablonski) knocked home a loose puck.
North Royalton completed their 4 game weekend on Sunday evening at the Pond in Auburn skating to a, 4-4, tie vs. the Orange Lions. The Lions got on the board first midway through the opening period and held a 1-0 lead until just under a minute when Mike Ambrose netted a score from the slot assisted by Nicolai Kolasinski and Jeremy Gripp. Each team scored two in the middle period- the Bears goals were scored by Brian Fielding (assisted by Eric Golla and Nick Magro) and Paul Jablonski (assisted by Timmy Orlosky and Jacob Krosky). The two teams entered the final period tied at three and each added another goal, the Bears goal was scored by Kolasinski with assists being awarded to Ambrose and Cam Cook. Collin Mischak provided the Bears with solid play between the pipes, something North Royalton hadn't seen all weekend, stopping 33 of the 37 shots faced.
After the weekend, the Bears now sit at 2-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the North Coast HS Hockey League.