Bears split games in opening weekend of NCHSHL Playoffs; beat Wooster, fall to Medina.
The North Royalton Bears opened up the 2013/14 North Coast High School Hockey League playoffs against the Wooster Oilers on Saturday February 22nd with an 8-0 victory. The win, the Bears 30th of the season, featured 8 goals scored by just four goal scorers. Branden Walsh (3G, 3A) led all scorers with three goals, Michael Dzoba (2G, 2A) and Aaron Wynbrandt (2G) each had a pair and Dylan Kovach (1G) added a solo tally. Several North Royalton players picked up assists; Aaron Schmitt picked up four helpers, Preston Vinyard picked up two assists while Timmy Orlosky, Steven Vinyard, Christian Fernandez, Peyton Matthews and goaltender- Marc Silver all contributed a single assist.
North Royalton faced off against the Medina Bees in game two of the NCHSHL playoffs on Sunday, February 23rd falling to Medina 7-0. The Bears showed well in the 1st period, skating hard and keeping pace however penalty late in the period proved costly as Medina took the 1-0 lead scoring on the power play. North Royalton struggled mightily in the middle period giving up five Medina scores, three in a 52 second span to start the period. The loss sends the Bears into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination playoff where they will meet the Great Lakes Freeze on Tuesday, February 25th in Mentor at 830pm.