Bears split weekend games; defeat Euclid, fall to Medina.
The North Royalton Bears needed overtime to get passed the Euclid Vikings, 3-2, on Saturday, December 13th. The score was hardly a representation of how close the game actually was as the Bears outshot the Vikings 57-16. Euclid scored the game’s first goal, on the power play, with just under a minute remaining in the opening period and took the lead into the break. North Royalton answered halfway through the middle frame when Jeremy Gripp’s shot from the blue line snuck by the Euclid net minder. The Bears took the, lead early in the final period, when newcomer Colin O’Connor buried a Jeremy Gripp rebound for his 1st goal in a Bears uniform. Despite only tallying six shots in the final period Euclid was able to get one of them past Bears keeper, Collin Mischak, to tie the game at two apiece. North Royalton’s Nicolai Kolasinski scored the game winner for the Bears taking and burying a nice feed from Dylan Kovach. Kolasinski’s goal was a special one, not just because it was an OT game winner, but because just a shift earlier he sustained an arm injury that ultimately landed him in the emergency room.
The Bears took to the ice on December 14th, facing off against rival Media in league play, falling to the Bees, 6-0. The two teams battled through a hard hitting and fast paced opening period with Medina netting the only goal. Medina found the net for their second score just a minute into the middle period and the score remained, 2-0 Medina for most of the period. With just under 90 seconds remaining in the period the Bees exploded scoring three times in just 88 seconds to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Medina added their 6th and final score of the game midway through the final period. Despite giving up six goals, many on 2nd and 3rd shot attempts, junior net minder Joey Fratantonio played very well stopping 32 of 38 shots in the loss.
The Bears overall record now sits at 10-4-1, 3-2 in the North Coast HS Hockey League.