North Royalton loses the battle of the Bears, fall to Jackson 6-2

Posted by Jeff McCarthy on Dec 18 2014 at 04:00PM PST
The North Royalton Bears lost to the Jackson Polar Bears, 6-2, in league play on Wednesday, December 17th at Center Ice in Canton, OH. North Royalton came out quick and controlled play throughout the opening period outshooting Jackson 11 to 6 but still found themselves trailing, 2-1, at the end of the 1st period. The Bears 1st period goal was scored by Nick Magro with assists being awarded to Brian Fielding and Dylan Kovach. The 2nd period did not go any better for the Bears whose defensive struggles continued as they surrendered 3 goals on only 9 shots against. Trailing, 5-1, entering the final period the Bears replaced their net minder pulling Joey Fratantonio (11 saves/16 shots) and replacing him with freshman, Collin Mischak (11 saves/12 shots). The goaltending switch seemed to spark the Bears, albeit briefly, as they came out flying to start the 3rd scoring in the opening minute of the period. North Royalton’s goal was scored by Dylan Kovach assisted by Jacob Krosky and Nick Magro. Jackson weathered the Bears early flurry and netted their 6th and final goal midway through the final period. The loss drops the Bears to 3-3 in the North Coast HS Hockey League and 10-5-1 overall.


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