The Benedictine Bengal hockey team finished the 2017-18 season with a 13-12- 2 record, after losing to the Red
South Division champion Strongsville Mustangs in the first round of the Brooklyn District of the OHSAA state
playoffs on February 15 th . This season ending loss came one week after Bengals lost 7-1 to the eventual Barons Cup
II champion Amherst Comets in the semi-finals of the Barons Cup II playoffs on February 9 th . The Bengals had
reached the Barons Cup II semi-finals by defeating the Canfield Cardinals 1-0 on February 6 th .
The win over Canfield was highlighted by sophomore goaltender Tristan Cotter’s 2 nd shut-out of the season, as he
turned aside all 26 Canfield shots. Matt Carson’s short-handed, team leading 33 rd goal of the season at the 8:53 mark
of the 1 st period was the only goal of the game. The strong defensive team effort was anchored by senior defensemen
Henry Jacobs and Ted Houser, junior defenseman Mark Tisdale, and freshman defenseman Luke Tisdale. The win
over Canfield earned the Bengals a Barons Cup II semi-final berth against the White North Division champion
Amherst Comets. Unfortunately, the Comets high-powered offense was too much for the Bengals as the Comets
won by a 7-1 score. Junior Andrew Schiffer had the lone Bengal goal, with assists going to junior Mike Iammarino
and senior Luke Brown. Cotter turned aside 25 shots in the loss.
The Bengals season was highlighted by a 4 game winning streak in January when they outscored their opponents by
32-9 margin and by their 1-0 shutout of Canfield, in which they captured their first Barons Cup II victory in three
seasons. A balanced scoring attack was shown by the Bengals all year long. All 11 skaters had at least one goal, five
skaters had 10 goals or more, six skaters had 10 assists or more, and five skaters had 20 or points. Matt Carson led
the team in scoring with 33G, 21A, 54 pts; Andrew Schiffer was 2 nd with 14G, 25 A, 39 pts; Mike Price was 3 rd with
12G, 23A, 35 pts.; and Mike Wilk was 4 th with 17G, 12A, 29 pts. In nets, Tristan Cotter had 12 wins, 12 losses (3 in
OT), a 3.24 GAA and a 0.984 save percentage. Junior Mike Iammarino played one game in goal and earned a
victory while stopping 23 of 27 shots.
Multiple Bengal players earned individual accolades during the 2018-18 season. The Greater Cleveland High School
Hockey League (GCHSHL) recognized 4 different Bengals as “Stars of the Week”, including: Week #3 junior Matt
Carson (4 G, 1 A); Week #3 junior Andrew Schiffer (1 G, 4 A); Week #6 freshman Mike Price (3 G, 2 A); and
Week #9 sophomore Tristan Cotter (35 saves in 2-1 OT loss). The GCHSHL also recognized Matt Carson as 2 nd
team White All League forward and 1 st team White South All Division forward. Andrew Schiffer also received
recognition by the GCHSHL as 2 nd team White South All Division forward. Finally, senior Luke Brown was selected
to play in the 2018 GCHSHL Senior All-Star game on Sunday, March 4 th at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Best of luck to the three graduating Bengal senior hockey players, Luke Brown, Ted Houser and co-captain Henry
Jacobs. Brown finished his Bengal career with 110 games played, 30G, 16A, 46 pts. and 67 penalty minutes.
Houser’s career totals were a school record 114 games played, 11G, 37A, 48 pts. and 16 penalty minutes. Jacobs
final career stats were 113 games played (2 nd all-time in school history, behind Houser), 6G, 23A, 39 pts. and 61
The 2018-19 Bengals will return 9 players, including 4 juniors (Carson, Iammarino, Schiffer, Tisdale), 2
sophomores (Cotter, Wilk) and 3 freshmen (Faulisi, Jack McBride, Price). The incoming Benedictine class of 2022
is expected to contain several new players that will be looked upon to contribute right from the start of the
Benedictine hockey careers.
Any players interested in playing for the 2018-19 Benedictine Bengal hockey team should contact head coach Joe
Primiano via e-mail: email@example.com