By Matt Maher 

BROOKLYN, OH – The Cardinals were soaring high after Tuesday night’s 5-4 overtime playoff victory over the Chagrin falls Tigers! After the rough season Canfield had and the rough history between these two clubs the expectations were fairly low for Canfield going into this one but sometimes it’s a good thing to play with little pressure, sometimes you need to just go out and play hockey and that’s exactly what they did against a very talented Tigers team who was sent home packing after the major upset. 


It’s always good to score first and for Marcus Epp he did just that with just over 5 minutes played he found a nice goal that trickled through the five-hole of the Tigers goalie Nathaniel Newton and gave Canfield a huge energy boost. The Tigers didn’t take long to respond because 52 seconds later their team’s leading goal scorer, Anton Flach, did his thing and evened things up. After a few minutes of goaltending duels and icing calls, Connor Cattaneo ripped one past Newton for the unassisted go ahead goal that would give Canfield the 2-1 lead after the first period. Peyton Nottingham made 9 beautiful saves this period and looked very comfortable in net. 


Chagrin Falls came back with a little more energy and a lot more goals and it started with Henry Cimperman who found an unassisted tally at the 9:28 mark of the period. Less than 3 minutes later Aiden Cabic found the back of the net after shooting the puck through traffic and somehow avoiding everyone including Nottingham. Cabic didn’t have long to celebrate because Adoni Darkadakis used his strength and skill with the puck to swerve his way around traffic and walk up to Newton and smash another hole through the wall and tie up the game at 3-3. Nottingham steered aside 6 of 8 shots faced. 


Period 3 saw 2 very early goals, with 2 minutes and 57 seconds played Chagrin Falls saw Flach pass the puck to Cimperman who in turn found Cabic for his second goal of the night and the lead. The Tigers celebration did not last long because Marcus Epp found his team’s 3rd unassisted goal to once again tie the game. Chagrin Falls found 2 penalties this periods and both were successful kills, in fact we saw Canfield kill off 3 penalties in this game and Chagrin falls kill off 4. Nottingham made 12 masterful saves the rest of the period to force overtime. 


1 minute and 30 seconds, that’s all the time Canfield needed to put this game to rest. The Cardinals had been in front of Newton trying to get something past him but the Tigers goalie and his defense were locked in, until they made 1 mistake. The defense had the puck in the corner to Newtons right and had tried passing the puck out but Connor Cattaneo was able to tip the pass and redirect it in front of Newton where Luke Scolieri was waiting and he took full advantage and DID. NOT. MISS. 


The Cardinals, who went into this tournament with a 2-8 record, amazed everyone by upsetting the 12-1-1 Chagrin Falls Tigers and advanced to the semifinals where they will face Westlake who took down Nordonia 4-1 in their first round matchup. It’s an uphill battle but one the Cardinals have proven they can climb. The Cardinals game against Westlake will take place on Thursday February 8th at 6PM and you can catch Jordan Barber on the call live and for Free right here on YSN. 


By Matt Maher

BOARDMAN, OH – While it may feel like spring outside, Canfield reminded us we’re still in February when they hosted Cleveland Heights in the final game of the hockey regular season. With the excitement of senior day and the great memory of the 8-0 victory the cardinals found against these Tigers on December 10th, this team was ready to play and with another 8-0 victory on Sunday afternoon, it’s safe to say they absolutely were ready for this one.


It didn’t take long for Canfield to get on the board because less than 2 minutes into the game Christian Morrison got one past Tigers net minder James Betti. Just under 3 minutes later CJ Glista passed the puck to Scotty Tucker who tucked one home to help the Cardinals extend their lead. With under 5 minutes to go Canfield would find yet another tally, this time off of a tip from Charlie Boris who took the feed from JJ Boris. Peyton Nottingham never faced a shot in the first frame while Betti faced 23 and stopped 20 of them. 


Cleveland Heights stepped up their defensive play in period 2 and held Canfield to just 14 shots and James Betti stopped all of them. Canfield allowed just one shot from Cleveland Heights late in the period on a small breakaway that Nottingham showed absolutely no fear on when batting it aside. These two teams started to look a little more even in this period, though Canfield still maintained possession for the majority of it, Cleveland Heights did start to look more comfortable.


While the Tigers should be happy with their 2nd period, they should forget completely about the third where Canfield put up 5 goals off of 13 shots. Not even a minute into the period Ty Novotny put one past Betti with an assist from Owen Olovsky at  the 12:08 mark it would be Gavin Rupert’s turn to cash in with the helper from Charlie Boris. Grayson Orlovsky found the next one up high for a beautiful score with no assist needed. The next two came later and a minute apart from each other both from Owen Orlovsky with the first having Grayson Orlovsky credited with the assist and the second going unassisted.


Despite how this season went the Cardinals did find some very impressive wins including the series sweep of Cleveland Heights where they outscored the Tigers 16-0! Owen Orlovsky showed everyone his skill with a 4 point night with his 2 goals and 2 assists while Grayson Orlovsky and Charlie Boris both finished with 2 points. Cleveland Heights will finish off their season when they visit Notre Dame Cathedral Latin on February 10th at 6:15PM while Canfield gears up for their first Baron Cup playoff game against Chagrin Falls, that game’s date and time are still being determined. 


By Matt Maher

BOARDMAN, OH – Canfield looked to bring in the New Year with a fresh start against West Lake on Sunday afternoon. While the game showed some good chances for the Cardinals and even brought some scoring, their efforts would ultimately not be enough to take down the Demons and West Lake would come out of Boardman with a 6-1 victory and be a little beaten up.


The first frame started off slow with no scoring until the 4:57 mark when Sean Evilsizer put one past Peyton Nottingham  thanks to some nice passing from Kevin Teets and Sean pavich. Canfield wouldn’t let that score stay for long because with 2:54 to go Gavin Rupert would put a dime past Vinny Boccardi to even things up, the lone assist belonged to Adoni Darkadakis. The Demons would respond only 25 seconds later when Evilsizer found his second with this one going unassisted. Nottingham finished the period with a respectab8 saves while Boccardi stopped 11.


West Lake would not hold back come the second period where they would score 4 unanswered goals and totally upend the Cardinals defense. Seth Schons found the first of the period with 9:46 still to play while Luke Hyland would score less than two minutes later and then Sam Dossa tallied 67 seconds later. Canfield showed some improvements in their defense after Dossa’s goal but it would falter once more when Evilsizer scored with only 53 seconds remaining and found the always impressive hat-trick. Nottingham would not find much better here, only stopping 3 of 7 shots faced while Boccardi managed to stop all 7 of his shots faced.


Period 3 saw solid defense from the Cardinals and much better net minding from Nottingham as West Lake was kept off the scoreboard. While West Lake was held silent they returned the favor by keeping Canfield away from the net as well. Nottingham and Boccardi both faced and saved 9 shots from their opponents. The quarter may not have seen any scoring but it did see both teams release their frustrations at the very end of the game when some players decided to drop the gloves and do the tango. While fighting is a staple of professional hockey, high school hockey has strict rules against it so while the tussles may have been the most entertaining part of the period, it’s also the part that will cost several players on both sides 3 to 4 games suspensions. While both sides erupted at the end they were able to leave it all out on the ice and walk away without any injuries which is always fantastic news. 


The Cardinals put an effort forward in this home game but it just wasn’t  enough to find the goals needed and the result would be a 3-6 record while Westlake would improve to 5-2 on their season. West Lake will be back home on January 27th when they host Aurora at 5:30PM while the Cardinals will travel to Normandy for a tilt with the Invaders on January 21st at 3:00PM.


By Matt Maher 

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH – Good things come to those who wait and that reigns true for the Cardinals as they snap a three game losing streak that spanned three weeks to start the season when they made their way to the Cleveland Heights Community Center Sunday night to take on the Tigers. 


The Cardinals came out shooting in the first period where they found the back of the net FIVE times! It started 7 minutes and 32 seconds into the game with a goal from Luke Scolieri who took a nice pass from Grayson Orlovsky. From there the floodgates opened and just over three minutes later Adoni Darkadakis would net number two and 22 seconds after that Owen Orlovsky found the back of the net with his first career goal. We would go on to see Ardoni Darkadakis score his second of the night and Charlie Boris get his first career goal both in the five minute mark of the period.


 The Cardinals dominated play in this period by testing the Tigers Goalie, James Betti, with 30 shots on goal and spent majority of the period in the offensive zone with only one shot making its way to the Cardinals keeper Scotty Tucker.


The dominant play continued on into the second where the Cardinals would find two more goals and test Betti 12 more times. The first tally came just over four minutes into the period when Connor Cattaneo took a pass from Darkadakis to put in his first of his career and find Darkadakis his fourth point of the game! Not even a minute passed when JJ Boris connected for his first career goal. Luke Scolieri would get the assist and his second point of the game. The Cardinals spent almost the entirety of the period in the offensive zone and did not concede a shot on goal to the Tigers.


Canfield didn’t let up on finding chances in the third and would test Betti 14 more times before the final horn went. While the Cardinals continued to pressure Cleveland Heights they would only find one more score in the third and it came from none other than Adoni Darkadakis who completed the hat-trick and the scoring for the Cardinals in this contest. 


The Cardinals would secure the 8-0 win over The Tigers and move to 1-3 on the season. Dominant play from Darkadakis (who finished with 5 points) led the way to the win but the team as a whole saw much improvement from everyone including Kaylee Hensdill who earned player of the game recognitions from her team due to her fierce play in the crease all game and while she couldn’t find the back of the net her play proved invaluable to her team. Also of note are Connor Cattaneo, Charlie Boris, Owen Orlovsky and JJ Boris who all score their first ever high school goals. 


The Cardinals are back in action on Friday December 15th when they travel to North Olmsted for the Bay Rockets Holiday Tournament. Game one for Canfield drops the puck at 8:10PM. 


By Matt Maher

– The Canfield cardinals took to the ice on Sunday to test their strengths against the Normandy Invaders. The Cardinals were coming off of a disappointing 8-1 loss against Aurora less than 24 hard prior to puck drop and needed to come out with a strong response.


Period one saw two teams play a fairly even game up until the 12:08 mark where Normandy’s Matt Nicholson found the first tally beating Peyton Nottingham in net. Normandy used the surge of energy found from scoring the first goal to keep their momentum and find the second tally on sixty-one seconds later thanks to a nice setup from Jacob Nugent to Andy Lane. Normandy’s luck didn’t run out there as Canfield’s Grayson Orlovsky went off the ice with a roughing minor with nine minutes and three seconds to go. 18 seconds later Wylan Hill beat Nottingham to make it 3-0 after one.


The puck dropped in the second period and Canfield looked like a team on a mission and with just under four minutes played Ty Novotny found the back of the Normandy net to cut the deficit to two. Two minutes and fifty-nine seconds later Canfield would make it 3-2 thanks to some good passing from Andrew Battaglia to Scotty Tucker who would get it to Marcus Epp to find the goal. The Cardinals defense stood strong in the second and things were looking good for the third until, with a minute fifty-nine to play, Scotty Tucker was found guilty of elbowing an Invader in a puck battle along the boards. It took just twenty-four seconds for Normandy to take advantage as Derrick Pierce won an offensive zone faceoff and Jacob Nugent took the puck and went top shelf to make it 4-2. 


Period three was uneventful as neither team could truly get anything significant going offensively thanks to a series of icing calls against both teams. Canfield would get a couple of quality shots but any rebounds given up by Jason Nicholson were immediately cleared away by his defense. The period ended with no scoring and left us with the final score of 4-2 in favor of Normandy who improved to 5-1 and Canfield moved to 0-3 on their season. Peyton Nottingham looked comfortable after the first period and saved 22 of 26 shots faced in the game but his offense just couldn’t get past the defense of Normandy. 


Canfield is back in action on Sunday December tenth where they travel to Cleveland Heights for a battle against the Tigers. That game is scheduled for a 6:30PM puck drop. 


PEPPER PIKE OH- No matter what sport you’re talking about, or what team you watch, everyone needs a strong captain. Ice hockey is no exception. With Orange, hockey is a sport that is tracking more and more interest inside the school system. This has to do with the team’s success for sure, but the team wouldn’t be successful with out the steadfast captains that it features. One of those captains is Max Sigel.

Max runs the middle of the lions formation. He gets the opportunity to contribute to his teams in many different ways. Yes he can score himself, after the first 6 games he had already acquired 4 goals, but he also is a solid passer. In fact Max says that passing has always been a passion of his.  It’s an art form to be able to pass well on the ice. Max has definitely put in the work to be an artist with the assists. Along with those 4 goals in the first 6 matches, Sigel also had 8 assists.  That means he had his hand in 12 goals.  You mix all of that with his exceptional defense, and his in unwavering positive attitude and you get a captain fit to steer any team to victory.

Max was kind enough to come on to YSN’s Running Point last week to talk about his ice hockey career at Orange. He chatted with Anthony Hartwig and Scotty Mincher about his passion for the sport, who some of his role models are, and much more. Don’t miss the latest hockey player profile from Orange only on YSN!

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PEPPER PIKE OH- It’s about time we jump into the fantastic world of Ice Hockey. With the addition of Orange to the YSN family comes an addition of a very good hockey team. The Lions rampage through their opponents. In a sport that only has around 80 teams in the whole state of Ohio, you can make a sure bet that the talent is dense.  Orange has a ton of talent skating on the ice. One of their captains Dillon Fellinger has taken the season by storm.

Through six games, Fellinger has scored 8 goals. Even if you’re not great at math you can figure out it’s good when you have more goals than games played. Orange’s offense overwhelms their opponents and Dillon is a big reason why. But don’t be fooled he’s also a great facilitator. Dillon has 3 assists to go along with his 8 goals.

Dillon took the time to chat with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig and Scotty Mincher on our talk show Running Point this week. They talk about his love for the sport of hockey, the development of the Orange program, and so much more. Check out the first ever Orange Ice Hockey Player Profile only on YSN.

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