BENGALS BEAT STRONGSVILLE & HUDSON TO OPEN CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
HOLIDAY HOCKEY TOURNAMNENT
The Benedictine Bengals won their first two games of the annual Cleveland Heights Holiday
High School Hockey Tournament on Friday, December 28th at the Cleveland Heights Ice
Pavilion. In the morning game, the Bengal icers defeated Strongsville by a score of 7-5 and in
the late afternoon game they defeated Hudson by a score of 5-2. Junior Mike Wilk had a hat trick
in both games to lead the offense, while junior goalie Tristan Cotter stopped 56 of 63 shots on
the day to pick up both wins. Summaries of both games are noted below:
Senior Andrew Schiffer opened the scoring for Benedictine in the 1st period with a breakaway
goal after being sprung loose by a nice pass from senior captain Matt Carson. Junior Mike Wilk
had the second assist on the goal. The goal was a milestone for Schiffer, as it was his 100th
point in his high school career (42 G, 58 A). Strongsville tied the game a few minutes later, but
Carson answered with a powerplay goal late in the 1st period off of an assist from freshman
defenseman Will Kehres to give the Bengals a 2-1 lead after 1 period.
Benedictine added to their lead early in the second when Mike Wilk scored 2 quick goals, the
2nd of which came on the powerplay. Assists on the two goals were provided by Schiffer (2),
Carson, and sophomore defenseman Luke Faulisi. Carson extended the Bengal lead to 5-1 late in
2nd period with freshmen defenseman Will Kehres and Jack Kehres adding the assists. The
Bengals were unable to kill off a two man disadvantage late in the period as Strongsville scored a
PPG to narrow the lead to 5-2 heading into the 3rd period.
Mike Wilk restored the 4 goal lead and completed his hat trick in the first minute of the third
period. Carson and Schiffer provided the assists. Carson's assist represented another milestone
for the Bengals as it was his 165th career high school point (98 G, 67 A) and passed Bengal
alumni Ron Moner (2016) as the all-time leading scorer for Bengal Hockey (based on available
statistics since 2008). Strongsville converted another 2 man advantage to narrow the gap to 6-3,
but a great hustle play by sophomore Jack McBride resulted in a shorthanded goal and a 7-3 lead.
Strongsville added two more powerplay goals after being given yet another 2 man advantage for
the final 5 minutes of the game, but Cotter stood his ground in the final minute and the Bengals
hung on for the 7-5 win. Cotter stopped 30 of 35 shots in the game to pick up his 6th win of the
Hudson took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but Jack McBride's rebound goal off a Jack
Kehres slapshot knotted the game at 1-1. Mike Price picked up the 2nd assist on the goal. The
Explorers regained the lead on a powerplay goal, but Mike Wilk tied the game with his first goal
of the game with assists going to Matt Carson and Jack Kehres. Andrew Schiffer gave
the Bengals their first lead of the day when his slapshot deflected off of a Hudson defenseman
and into the net. Carson and Luke Faulisi had the helpers on the goal.
The Bengals relied on steady goaltending by Tristan Cotter and strong defense by senior Mark
Tisdale to keep the Explorers scoreless in the 3rd period. Junior Mike added an important
insurance goal, with a powerplay tally late in the 3rd, off of assists by Will & Jack Kehres. It was
Jack Kehres' 3rd assist of the game. Wilk completed his 2nd hat trick of the day by scoring an
empty net goal in the last minute of play. Schiffer was credited with the assist. Cotter stopped 26
of 28 Hudson shots to pick up his 2nd win of the day.
Benedictine returns to the ice on Saturday evening, December 29th when they take on the host
Cleveland Heights Tigers at 8:00pm in the 3rd and final pool play game of the tournament. The
tournament consolation and championship games are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Dec. 30th
at 2:30pm & 5:00pm.
by: Mr. Karl Schiffer