Bears open Buckeye Cup with a win; defeat Lakota East 3-2.
Posted by Jeff McCarthy on Mar 07 2014 at 04:00PM PST
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Lakota East Thunderhawks in game 1 of the 2014 Buckeye Cup State Championships. The Bears trailed 1-0 after the 1st period but tied the score midway through the middle period when Aaron Wynbrandt won an offensive zone faceoff, walked the defenseman and beat the keeper with a nifty shot. North Royalton took a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd when Michael Dzoba took a pass from Branden Walsh and buried the puck, Aaron Schmitt also was credited for an assist on the score. Lakota wouldn’t go away and knotted the game at two apiece with just over 5 minutes remaining however the Bears responded just a minute later when Aaron Schmitt knocked home the rebound of an Angelo Nero blast. Tyler Roesch played solid between the pipes for North Royalton stopping 18 of the 20 Thunderhawks shots he faced. The win, the Bears 32nd of the year, sets a new club record for wins in a single season topping the previous mark set by the 2010-2011 Bears.
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