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The North Royalton Bears earned their 20th win of the season topping Elyria, 4-1, in NCHSHL league play on January 21, 2015. The Bears dominated the Elyria controlling play throughout and outshooting the Panthers 47-17. Royalton got on the board first, breaking a scoreless tie just 25 ticks into the middle period, when Christian Fernandez found the back of the net assisted by Jeremy Gripp and Dylan Kovach. The Bears added their second of the game towards the end of the 2nd period when Jeremy Gripp scored assisted by Kovach and Anthony Picciano. Cam Cook gave the Bears a 3-0 lead, early in the 3rd period, on the power play assisted by Timmy Orlosky and Jacob Krosky. The final Bears goal was scored by Tyler Cimperman with Eric Golla picking up the helper. Elyria spoiled what would have been Joey Fratantonio’s team leading 6th shutout netting a goal with just under a minute remaining in the contest.
The win improves the Bears NCHSHL record to 7-4-1 and their overall record to 20-10-2.
The North Royalton Bears participated in the Olentangy Orange, Pioneer Classic from January 16-18, 2015. The Bears won two games, beating Mentor and Troy, and lost two games, falling to Centerville and Troy in the consolation round.
North Royalton opened up on Friday, January 16th against Mentor, defeating the Cardinals, 3-0.The Bears played two on Saturday, January 17th first falling to the Centerville Elks, 3-1, and next defeating the Troy Trojans, 4-3. The Bears were tied with the Olentangy Braves after the preliminary round, with two wins apiece, and because the two teams did not play one another it went to the secondary tie breaker of fewest penalties s in minutes which the Bears lost. As a result of losing the tie breaker the Bears squared off against the Troy Trojans in the tournaments consolation round on Sunday January, 18th; this time falling to the Trojans, 4-2.
The Bears will return home from Columbus with an overall record of 19-10-2.