The Benedictine Bengals beat the Avon Eagles 3-2 on Sunday morning, December 10th at the Cleveland Heights Ice Pavilion to take home the 3rd place trophy from the 2017 Benedictine Christmas tournament. It was an impressive effort by the shorthanded Bengals who were only able to dress 10 players compared to the 19 in uniform for Avon.
The Bengals took a 1-0 lead late in the first period when junior Mark Tisdale scored on a 2 on 1 off a feed from Andrew Schiffer. Mike Iammarino picked up the second assist on Tisdale’s goal. The game remained 1-0 in favor of Benedictine until late in the 2nd period when sophomore Mike Wilk extended the lead to 2-0 with a power play goal that was assisted by junior co-captain Matt Carson.
The short bench took its’ toll on the Bengals early in the 3rd period as Avon scored 30 seconds into the 3rd period on the power play to tighten the game to 2-1. Four minutes later, a bad Bengal turnover deep in the defensive zone left Bengal sophomore netminder Tristan Cotter with little chance to stop Avon forward Nick Koepp from tying the game at 2-2. Avon seemed to have seized the momentum at this point of the game, but a strong defensive effort by senior co-captain Henry Jacobs, senior Ted Houser and freshman Luke Faulisi, combined with timely goaltending by Cotter kept Avon off the score sheet for the next 5 minutes. Matt Carson scored what would be the game winner with 6:45 left in the third period with an assist by Mike Wilk. Avon pulled their goalie with two minutes remaining to gain an extra attacker but Cotter stymied the Eagles the rest of the way, allowing the Bengals to win by a 3-2 margin.
Goalkeeper Tristan Cotter stopped 20 of 22 shots on the day in picking up his 3rd win of the weekend and 4th of the season.
The Bengals overall record is now 4 wins, 3 losses, while their league record is 1 win, 1 loss.
2017 Tournament Summary
The Orange Lions defeated the Avon Lake Shoremen 5-4 in the Championship game to win the 2017 Benedictine Christmas Tournament, finishing undefeated at 4-0. Avon Lake took 2nd place, finishing the weekend with 2 wins and 2 losses, both to tournament champion Orange. Benedictine took 3rd place (3 wins, 1 loss) while Avon finished in 4th place (1 win, 3 losses).
Every Bengal skater had at least one point during the 4 games played over the weekend. Player’s statistics for the weekend are noted below:
Matt Carson 6 goals, 7 assists
Andrew Schiffer 5 goals, 5 assists
Mike Wilk 3 goals, 4 assists
Mike Price 3 goals, 2 assists
Mike Iammarino 1 goal, 3 assists
Luke Brown 1 goal, 2 assists
Ted Houser 3 assists
Mark Tisdale 1 goal
Luke Faulisi 1 assist
Henry Jacobs 1 assist
Tristan Cotter 3 wins, 1 loss (OT), 9 GA, 2.23 Goals Against Avg., 0.906 Save %
It should be noted that there was nothing but positive feedback from all of the tournament teams regarding the hospitality of Benedictine and the well run tournament. Athletic Director Marty Hyland and Assistant Athletic Director Jahmal Brown were on site to aide in tournament management along with Bengal Alumni and their families. With the exception of the tough OT loss to Avon Lake on Saturday morning, it was a great weekend for Bengal Hockey.
Box Score vs. Avon (8:30am Sunday, December 10th)
|1st Period||2nd Period||3rd Period||Final|
Avon (2-11 overall; 0-2 league)
Benedictine (4-3 overall; 1-1 league)
B: Mark Tisdale (Andrew Schiffer, Mike Iammarino) 1:41
B: Mike Wilk (Matt Carson) PP 2:51
A: Nick Koepp (Ian Dargel) PP 14:31
A: Nick Koepp 11:30
B: Matt Carson (Mike Wilk) 6:45
Avon: Danny Fielding (Loss, 26 shots, 23 saves)
Benedictine: Tristan Cotter (Win, 22 shots, 20 saves)