Liberty High School Varsity & Junior Varsity Ice Hockey: Varsity Game Summaries

Monday, February 28
Liberty Earns Shot at Schools First District Hockey Championship

The Patriots are headed to the District Finals after defeating Olentangy Braves 5-3 on Saturday and Dublin Coffman 3-0 on Sunday.  This will be the Patriots first trip to the finals in their short 4 year history.  No CHC team has ever won the Blue Jackets Cup and Districts  in the same year.  Not only are the Patriots blazing new grounds for their history, they are trying to blaze new grounds for the CHC.  Coffman won the 2009 Blue Jackets Cup and made it to the District finals but lost to Centerville.  Last time 2 Central OH teams were in the District Finals was 2006: UA vs. Coffman which UA won.  The Patriots will play Dublin Jerome at 5pm Saturday March 5th at the Ice Haus. 

Sunday saw the Patriots beat Coffman 3-0 on a day where the Patriots played one of their best all around games.  Fans attending the game were buzzing about Coffman missing 3 of their top 7 forwards, yet people were not talking about the Patriots being down 5 forwards from their original varsity roster due to season ending injuries.  Those players (games missed): Helton(35), Mullier(22), Grant Woods(21), Nick Ramsey(6), and Reed Slinger(7) have been sorely missed.  However, the Patriots welcomed Kyle Horner, Cole Hutchinson, Ryan Jesi and JT Wathen up from the JV team as their replacements.  Horner and Hutchinson have seen the most action having played in 25 and 12 games respectively.  Without their contributions, it would be hard to have predicted the Patriots winning the Blue Jackets Cup and making it to the District Finals.  Fortunately, the Patriots have been injury free on defense and in goal.   

The first period saw back and forth action by two teams that came to play.  Coffman outshot the Patriots 8 to 7 but it was the Patriots that got on the board first.  Alec Vidrick got the puck to Christopher Bergamesca at the red line who rushed the puck up the ice and made a back handed pass to Jimmy Ruska who slammed the puck past the Rocks netminder to put the Patriots up 1-0 at period end.  The 2nd period saw the Patriots defense step up big by killing a 5 on 3 Coffman power play for 1 min 20 sec.  Plus, Coffman only registered 2 shots on net for the period.  The Patriots had solid scoring opportunities and dominated play for most of the period but it was a Marshall Oja centering pass that deflected off a Coffman player that resulted in the only goal of the period for a 2-0 Patriots advantage.  In the 3rd period, Patriots went up 3-0 less than 2 minutes into the period on Kyle Horner to Christopher Bergamesca drive to the net goal from the left corner.  However, Coffman did not give-up.  With the Rocks on the power play, their unit set up scoring chance after scoring chance to only be turned away by spectacular saves by Eddie Arcy to preserve the shutout.  During that power play, the Rocks rifled a crossing pass backdoor for a one-timer that Arcy slid across the crease pads flying up to cover as much of the net as possible for not only the initial save, but 2 consecutive rebound saves too.   The Patriot faithful were chanting Eddie, Eddie and gave him a standing ovation.  Arcy ended the game with 17 saves while the Patriots converted 3 of 24 shots for a 3-0 win to up their record to 26-8-1.   

The Patriots lost to Jerome back on December 10th 4-2 and February 4th 3-2.  Looking closer at the 2010/11 season, an interesting statistic comes to light: the season record for Coffman vs. Jerome was 3 wins, 1 loss; Jerome vs. Patriots was 2 wins, 0 losses; Patriots vs. Coffman was 3 wins, 0 losses.  The obvious questions are: will the District Final be in line with the season records?  Can Jerome beat the Patriots 3 times in one season?  How will the pressure of a District Championship game affect the play?  Can Jerome handle the pressure of a championship game?  Did coming from  behind in the 3rd period with 28 seconds left to win the Blue Jackets Cup prepare the Patriots for what they will experience this Saturday, 5pm, Ice Haus, District Championship Game?  Be there to find out!

Thursday, February 24
Second Seeded Patriots Open District Tournament with 5 - 0 Victory over Troy Trojans

Patriots opened the District Tournament with good news and bad news and good news: good news is the Patriots beat Troy 5-0; bad news is Reed Slinger was hurt and is done for the remainder of the tournament; good news is Reed will be ok.   

The game started out with the Patriots on the attack – out shooting Troy 11-6.  The Troy goalie made some great saves to preserve a 0-0 tie at period end.  The 2nd period was similar to the 1st period with the Patriots outshooting Troy 11-8 but still no scoring by either team.  With Eddie Arcy in goal, Troy only had a few good opportunities which Eddie turned back all attempts.   

The 3rd period finally saw the Patriots get on the board with a power play goal on a great redirection by Noah Allmaras on a shot by Alec Vidrick.  Patriots went up 2-0 on anther power play goal – this time by Marshall Oja.  Patriots added an even strength goal on a breakout started by Robert Koehler to Marshall Oja to Kyle Horner back to Marshall who scored backdoor for a 3-0 lead.  Troy added penalty after penalty which resulted in the Patriots going on a 5-3 power play for the remainder of the game which resulted in goals by Ethan Hollingsworth and Horner.   Patriots showed great passing and teamwork which resulted in 9 assists out of a possible 10: Oja (2), Vidrick, Christopher Bergamesca, Jimmy Ruska, Koehler and Horner (3).   Patriots were 4 for 7 on power plays and 3 for 3 on penalty kills.  Arcy earned the win and shutout by stopping all 20 shots by Troy. 

Sunday, February 13
Patriots Win Their 1st Varsity Blue Jackets Cup

Going into the weekend of February 10th, the players were all business.  They knew what needed to be done in order to achieve their goal of winning their first Blue Jackets Cup in school history.  The Cup has resided in Dublin for the last 6 years (Jerome 4, Coffman 2).   The weekend actually started off Thursday night against Orange.  Patriots came out fast and furious in building a 3-0 lead in only 6 ½ minutes into the game.  Goals by Anthony Bergamesca and 2 by Ethan Hollingsworth caused Orange to call of timeout to regroup.  From that point on, the Patriots kept scoring chances for Orange to a minimum and came away with a 3-0 victory.  Eddie Arcy faced 17 shots to secure the shutout.


Friday the 10th saw the Patriots face the red hot Upper Arlington Golden Bears who were fresh off a 5-2 victory over Archbishop Moeller.  Christopher Bergamesca got the scoring started with a 3 on 5 shorthanded goal.  Reed Slinger slammed home the 2nd goal and Christopher came back with his 2nd goal / team’s 3rd goal early in the 3rd period to put the Patriots up 3-0.  The Bears answered with a goal midway through the period and added their final goal with 15 seconds left in the game for a final of 3-2.  Eddie Arcy stopped 14 shots for the victory. 


Sunday evening saw the Patriots faceoff against the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks in the championship game.  The Rocks had just defeated 1st seeded Dublin Jerome 2-1 Friday night.  The Rocks brought to the rink 2 of the top forwards in the league in Sam O’Brien and Kevin Putnam. Every team knows you must contain them in order to have a chance to win.  Both O’Brien and Putnam scored against Jerome in victory.  The first period saw both teams come out a little sloppy in front of a near capacity crowd at the Ice Haus.  However, the Patriots heard the referee’s whistle blow 4 times which put the Rocks on 4 power plays – including a 5 on 3 for over 1 minute.  Great defense and outstanding goaltending kept the Rocks off the board which resulted in a 0-0 score at period end.  Patriots were outshot 19-6! 


The 2nd period saw the Rocks hit the penalty box 3 times but the Patriots could not convert.  However, Putnam stole the puck on a Patriot’s power play for a break-a-way goal midway through the period to put the Rocks up 1-0.  This was déjà vu from 2 years ago when the Patriots faced the Rocks in the Blue Jackets Cup final.  The exact same play happened in the 2nd period of that game resulting in the Rocks going up 1-0 on route to  a 2-0 victory.  The 2nd period ended at 1-0 in favor of the Rocks; shots on goal were even for the period at 6 apiece. 


The 3rd period saw a ton of action back & forth.  With the Patriots on a change, Ethan Hollingsworth got the puck and drove to the net 1 on 4.  Somehow he managed through the 4 defenders with the puck still on his stick and shot the puck inside the right post to tie the score at 1-1.  The Patriot fans went wild!  The Rocks came back with a 5 on 3 power play goal by O’Brien to go back up by one: 2-1 with 10 minutes left in the game.  With 7 minutes left, Robert Koehler took a shot from the blueline high blocker side, the goalie saved it but left the rebound backdoor which Kyle Horner pounced on to score which tied the game at 2.  With 4 minutes left, the Patriots stopped another Rock power play which set-up the final minute of the game.  Christopher Bergamesca drove to the net firing a shot that resulted in a rebound that put the puck right in front of the goalie.  Before the goalie could freeze the puck, Jimmy Ruska got his stick on the puck to poked it passed the goalie with 28 seconds left in the game to give the Patriots their first lead at 3-2.  The Patriot fans and players went nuts!  After the ensuing faceoff, the Rocks brought the puck into the Patriot’s zone but the Patriots cleared the puck for an icing call.  The Rocks pulled their goalie for a 6 on 5 advantage; Rocks won the face-off, got a shot off which Arcy deflected into the corner and time then ran out!!!!!!!!!  Most of the Shamrock faithful joined their players and quickly exited the ice and arena opting not to hang around to witness the celebration of the Cup leaving Dublin for the first time in 7 seasons.  

3rd period shots were 12-11 in favor of the Patriots.  In total, Eddie Arcy had 34 saves to earn the hard fought victory. 


Congratulation to the Patriots for earning their first Blue Jackets Cup Championship.

Monday, January 31
Patriots Defeat Moeller To Remain Unbeaten in CHC League Play

With 4 remaining conference games left on the schedule and the Patriots being the only undefeated team left in conference play, each game takes on more meaning than the previous. Saturday evening saw the Patriots host Archbishop Moeller at Chiller North.  Moeller entered the game in 1st place in the conference with 20 points based on a 10-1 record.  Patriots were 9-0 with 18 points.  Moeller entered the game with wins over Gahanna and Dublin Scioto by 5-0 and 10-0 respectively last weekend while the Patriots were fresh off victories over Upper Arlington and Worthington Kilbourne by scores of 3-1 and 6-0 respectively last weekend.  The Patriots are without seniors Matt Mullier and Grant Woods for the rest of the regular season due to injuries.  Kyle Horner has been called up permanently from the JV squad and has been very productive in scoring and assisting on goals.   

The first period saw the Patriots and Moeller come out strong with solid checking and passing.  However, the Patriots dominated play by out shooting Moeller 14-4 in the period and getting on the board first on a goal by Nick Ramsey.  The second period saw the Patriots in the penalty box for 6 minutes over a 7 minute stretch.  However, during that span, the Patriots outshot Moeller and recorded a shorthanded goal by Christopher Bergamesca who stole the puck, went one on one with the goalie and beat him with a backhander.   Moeller replaced their goalie after Kyle Horner put in a rebound midway through the 2nd period to put the Patriots up 3-0.  Patriots outshot Moeller 11-5 for the period.  The 3rd period saw Moeller get on the board with wicked shot from the deep left side that beat Arcy top left corner for Moeller’s only goal.  Patriots added an empty net goal by Marshall Oja for a final score of 4-1.  Eddie Arcy recorded 14 saves and the Patriots ended with a 35-15 shot advantage.   

The Patriots are 10-0 in conference play, tied with Jerome and Moeller with 20 points.  But, Jerome’s record is 10-1 and Moeller ‘s record dropped to 10-2.  The Patriot’s next game is this Friday, Feb. 4th at Chiller North versus Dublin Jerome at 8pm.  This will also be Senior Night for the Patriots.  The players know that with a win over Jerome, they clinch the regular season conference championship.  It would be the first year the Patriots would have beaten Coffman, Jerome and Moeller in the same year.  The season would not be over though, the Patriots still have games versus DeSales at Chiller Easton on Saturday the 5th at 5:30pm and then finish with St. Charles on Super Bowl Sunday at the Dispatch Ice Haus at 1:10pm.  The Patriots lost to St. Charles 4-3 in the Allgeyer tournament back in December. 

Monday, January 3
Liberty Ice Hockey Now 9-0 in Olentangy School District Ice Hockey Games!

December 31, 2010: 

Patriots played their 3rd game in 3 days against their in district rival the Braves.  A large crowd came to see an exciting game but the Patriots jumped out early in the 1st period and skated away from the Braves.  Patriots scored 5 goals in the first, 5 goals in the second and ended the game early in the 3rd with 2 goals to win 12-2.  Jimmy Ruska had a team leading 4 goals, Ethan Hollingsworth and Marshall Oja had 2 each followed by Nick Ramsey, Drew Ash, Noah Allmaras and Kyle Horner with 1 each.  Of the 12 goals scored, 2 were shorthanded.  Bryan Finneran was solid in net as he faced 27 shots.  Finneran upped his record to 10-2 and the Patriots improved their season record to 15-3 and 6-0 in the conference.   

January 1, 2011: 

Patriots ended their 4th game in 4 days with a hard fought 6-3 victory over district rival Olentangy Orange Pioneers.  Patriots looked a stepped behind early and found themselves quickly down 1-0.  However, Nick Ramsey answered back 2 minutes later on a rush started by Alec Vidrick who fed Grant Woods who then gave it up to Ramsey to make it 1-1.  Vidrick made it 2-1 on a coast to coast rush.  Patriots killed a 2 minute 5-3 Orange power play to keep the score 2-1 at period end.  Ethan Hollingsworth opened the 2nd period by putting the Patriots up 3-1 but Orange answered with a goal to make it 3-2.  Once again, Patriots answered back on a power play goal by Marshall Oja to make it 4-2.  Orange answered back on a penalty shot to make it 4-3.  Then, with Orange on the power play, Robert Koehler sent the puck around the boards to Oja for a break-a-way; Oja beat the goalie glove side to put the Patriots up 5-3 to end the 2nd period.  Liberty put Orange away in the 3rd on a goal by Grant Woods who was set up by Oja and Hollingsworth for a final score of 6-3.  Eddie Arcy was in net and faced 19 shots.  Arcy upped his record to 6-1; Patriots are now 16-3, 7-0 in the conference for 1st place over Dublin Jerome and Cincinnati Moeller who find themselves one game back at 6-1.   

Saturday, January 1
Liberty Hockey Patriots Remain Unbeaten in Capital Hockey Conference League Play!

Dec. 29th CHC League Game vs. Watterson:  

The Patriots came back to the ice after a 15 day game break with an 11-0 win over the Bishop Watterson Eagles.   The coaches called up defensemen Tommy Fortunato and Daniel Rosenberg along with forwards Kyle Horner and Ryan Jesi from the JV squad for the game.  Ethan Hollingsworth and Jimmy Ruska recorded hat tricks, Kyle Horner had 2 goals, followed by Christopher Bergamesca, Anthony Bergamesca and Matt Mullier with one each.  The Eagles goalie faced 29 shots in the 1st period and 48 shots in the 2nd period.   Bryan Finneran was in goal and upped his record to 9-2.   

Dec. 30th CHC League Game vs. Thomas Worthington:  

The Liberty HS varsity Patriots visited the Ice Cube to play the Thomas Worthington Cardinals and came away with a 4-1 victory.  Eddie Arcy was in goal and faced 18 shots.  Liberty got on the board early in the 1st as Noah Allmaras stole the puck at center ice, skated down left and sniped it blocker side.  The Cardinals managed only 4 shots in the period as most of the action was in the Cardinals zone with the Patriots recording 12.  The second period saw the Patriots get 2 power play goals by the Bergamesca brothers.  Anthony took a pass from Robert Koehler and fired it high glove side to put the Patriots up 2-0.   The Cardinals got a power play goal next to cut the lead to 2-1 but Christopher received a nice pass from Jimmy Ruska on the next Patriots power play to put the Patriots up by 2 again to end the 2nd period.  Ethan Hollingsworth ended the scoring on another power goal in the 3rd with Marshall Oja and Kyle Horner assisting to make the final 4-1.   Patriots were 3 for 5 on power play opportunities and had 47 shots for the game.  Eddie Arcy got the win to up his record to 5-1.  The Patriots overall record now stands at 14-3; 5-0 in the Conference. 

Monday, December 20
Patriots Hockey Update
The Liberty HS hockey Patriots rolled into the Allgeyer Tournament having won 5 straight but came away with 1 victory in 3 tries.Liberty opened against the host team Dublin Jerome and quickly found themselves in a fast paced, hard hitting game.  The Patriots matched Jerome stride for stride, hit for hit.  The first period found the Patriots out shooting the Celtics 11 to 9 but down 1-0 at period end.  Jerome opened the 2nd period with a goal to go up 2-0 but Gus Olmstead responded with a shot from the point that was deflected off a defenseman to make the score 2-1 going into the 3rd period.  Celtics outshot the Patriots 10 to 6 in the 2nd.  Third period saw Jerome go up 3-1 but Nick Ramsey answered quickly on a great pass from Reed Slinger to score ‘5 hole’ to make the score 3-2.  Jerome put the game away on a late goal to make the final 4-2.  Bryan Finneran made 26 saves in his first loss of the season; his record is 6-1; team record 10-2. Patriots 2nd game of the tournament found them losing to St. Charles 4-3.  Once again, Patriots found themselves down first 1-0 but tied it on a goal from Ethan Hollingsworth.  Second period again found the Patriots down 2-1.  Jimmy Ruska scored to tie the game at 2-2 but a late goal with 2 minutes left in the period by St. Charles ended the period with the Patriots down 3-2.  Third period opened with the Patriots putting pressure upon pressure on the St. Charles goalie; 6 minutes in found the Patriots tying the game at 3-3 on a cross ice pass from Jimmy Ruska to Robert Koehler who roofed it for a power play goal.  St. Charles went up 4-3 with 6 minutes remaining and withstood the final 90 seconds pressure by the Patriots pulling their goalie.  Patriots outshot the Cardinals 46 to 17.  Bryan Finneran was in goal and saw his record drop to 6-2.  Team record dropped to 10-3. Patriots 3rd and final game of the tournament saw them face 2-0 Solon.  Solon had defeated St. Charles 5-2 and Jerome 3-0.  First period had Solon scoring late to take a 1-0 lead.  Patriots put pressure on their goalie but could not get one acrossed the line.  Patriots found their rhythm in the 2nd period with Robert Koehler scoring 3 times and Ethan Hollingsworth once.  Koehler scored twice from the point in part because the goalie was screened by Grant Woods.  Koehler’s 3rd goal came off a break-a-way shot by Christopher Bergamesca that rang the post, deflected perfectly to Koehler on the backside who fired it high glove side.  Third period was scoreless.  Bryan Finneran was in goal and recorded his 7th win of the season to up his record to 7-2; Team record is now 11-3. Patriots found themselves playing for the 4th day in a row with a game Monday night against Gahanna at the Ice Works.  The Ice Works definitely lived up to the saying:  more chills than thrills.  With the outside temperature at 18 degrees, inside the Ice Works it was a balmy 32 degrees.  The Patriots brought up 3 JV players to participate in their first varsity game: Cole Hutchinson, Kyle Horner and Drew Russell.  Even with the Patriots only outshooting the Lions 12-10 in the 1st period, Patriots ended the period up 2-0 on goals by Grant Woods and Nick Ramsey.  Bryan Finneran started his 5th consecutive game and turned away every scoring opportunity by the Lions by recording 16 saves in 2 periods.  Drew Russell played the 3rd period and recorded 6 saves on 7 shots.  In the 2nd period, Patriots pounded the Lions goalie with 17 shots but could only mustard 2 goals.  Kyle Homer scored his first varsity goal and Grant Woods recorded his 2nd goal of the game to put the Patriots up 4-0 at the end of the 2nd period.  Patriots ended the game with 43 shots.  Team record improved to 12-3 and 3-0 in the conference. Patriots are on a break until December 29th when they have 4 consecutive games: Watterson (29th at 5:40, North); Thomas Worthington (30th at 8pm, Ice Works); Olentangy Braves (31st at 2pm, North); Orange (1st at Noon, North).  In 15 games, the Patriots have recorded 25 or more shots 11 times; Patriots have given up 25 or more shots twice.  Excluding the goalies, 15 of 16 varsity players have scored a goal; every varsity player has at least 2 assists.  Patriots have scored 75 goals, given up 21.    Patriots have scored 18 power play goals, given up 5 penalty kill goals.  Patriots are 3-0 in the conference and ranked 4th in points behind Orange at 4-1-1 (9 pts), and Jerome & Moeller at 4-1 (8 pts).  The next 4 games listed above are all conference games.

Monday, December 6
Liberty Varsity Opens League Play With Victories Over Coffman and Scioto

December 5, 2010: Patriots 4 - Coffman  


The Patriots traveled to the Dublin Chiller to take on arch rival Dublin Coffman for an early season conference meeting of 2 of the top teams in the CHC.  Coffman came into the game with a 6-2-1 record and having tied Olentangy Orange the previous night 3-3. 

Dublin came out strong and dominated the first period.  Coffman scored first but Patriots answered quickly with a goal by Nick Ramsey.  Coffman scored a power play goal to go up 2-1 and should have had a 3rd goal when they had a 2 on none break-a-way.  Bryan Finneran made a great save to keep it 2-1 which is how the period ended.  The Patriots dominated the 2nd period by scoring 2 unanswered goals by Marshall Oja and Reed Slinger.   The 3rd period started quickly for the Patriots with a goal by Ethan Hollingsworth only 30 seconds in to up the score 4-2.  Coffman answered with 5 minutes left in the game on a backdoor shot.  Coffman continued to pressure but Patriot’s defense held firm to post a 4-3 victory. 

The players would like to thank the 100+ Liberty students who turned it into a Patriot ice hockey home game!  Finneran made 24 saves to up his record to 6-0.


December 4, 2010:  Patriots 3 - Centerville Elks 0 


Patriots traveled to the South Metro Arena to play a non-conference game against Centerville.  Centerville was coming off of winning the Frozen Creek Thanksgiving Tournament and a 6-2-2 record.  The first period saw back and forth action, physical play but no scoring.  Patriots came out in the 2nd period strong.  With Grant Woods tying up 2 players in the corner, Nick Ramsey grabbed the loose puck, charged the net and scored.  Second goal was scored by Matt Mullier on a centering pass from Reed Slinger who had 2 men on him.  Mullier one-timed-it passed the goalie to put the Patriots up 2-0.  With the Patriots on a penalty kill, Robert Koehler cleared the puck to Christopher Bergamesca for a break-a-way who buried his shot for a 3-0 lead. 

Eddie Arcy upped his record to 4-1 with his 3rd shutout of the season by making 17 saves


December 3, 2010:  Patriots 10 - Dublin Scioto 0 

The Patriots opened conference play with a convincing 10-0 win over Dublin Scioto at the Easton Chiller to up their record to 8-1.  The Patriots defense limited the Irish to 2 shots on goal over 2 ¼ periods.  The game was called in the 3rd; OHSAA rules state games will be stopped in the 3rd period when one team is leading by 10 goals.  Teams must complete at least 2 periods regardless of the score. 

The 1st period saw the Irish pack the front of their net with all 5 skaters which limited the number of shots getting through to the goal.  Once the Patriots broke through with their first goal at 7 minutes into the period, the Patriots scored 4 more to lead 5-0 after 1 period. 

Patriots added 4 goals in the 2nd and their 10th goal 3.5 minutes into the 3rd.  The line of C. Bergamesca, Ruska and N. Allmaras continued to produce goals: Bergamesca had 3 goals for his first high school hat trick and Ruska added 2.  The Slinger, Ramsey and Ash/Mullier line added 2 goals by Ramsey and Mullier.  The Oja, Hollingsworth and Woods line added one goal by Hollingsworth. 

The defense continued to produce goals with Alec Vidrick and Robert Koehler contributing one goal each.  Bryan Finneran was in goal and upped his record to 3-0.  The Irish did have one break-a-way but Finneran made a strong move which resulted in the player not getting off a shot. 

Total shots on goal: Patriots 56, Irish 2. 


Monday, November 29
Patriot Varsity Ice Hockey Take 3rd at 8-Team Talawanda Thanksgiving Tournament

The Patriots spent the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend playing in a tournament hosted by Talawanda at Goggin Arena on the campus of Miami University. The tournament consisted of 8 teams broken up in 2 divisions. The Patriots played each team in their division, then ranked based on results from those games, then played the team in the other division with similar ranking. The tournament attracted teams from Cleveland, Toledo, Indiana and Cincinnati. The Patriots were the only team from Columbus. The tournament proved to be a good measuring stick for the Patriots.

Friday afternoon the Patriots opened against Zionsville High School from Indiana and posted a 7-3 victory with Bryan Finneran in goal. Finneran recorded 21 saves.

Saturday morning saw the Patriots play Padua Franciscan High School from Cleveland. Padua is projected as one of the top teams in Northeast OH. Padua scored first early in the 1st period but the Patriots tied it a minute later on a goal by Anthony Bergamesca. The 1st period ended in a 1-1 tie. The 2nd period again saw Padua score first but the Patriots tied it quickly on another goal by Anthony Bergamesca. Padua answered with a shorthanded goal to go up 3-2. Patriots scored late in the 2nd period to tie it at 3-3 on a shorthanded goal by Alec Vidrick. Padua scored twice in the 3rd period – one on a power play, the other on a backside one-timer. Final shots on goal were Padua 19, Patriots 20. Eddie Arcy was in goal for the Patriots.

On Saturday afternoon the Patriots played Southview High School from Toledo. Unfortunately, Southview did not test the Patriots as the game was called with 11:30 left in the 3rd period with the Patriots winning 10-0. Goals were scored by Jimmy Ruska (2), Drew Ash (2), Alec Vidrick (2), Noah Allmaras (2), Grant WoodsNick Ramsey. Bryan Finneran was in net and improved his record to 2-0. and

After the divisional round robin games, the Patriots were ranked 2nd which resulted in a game Sunday morning again Amherst Steel High School from the Westside of Cleveland. Amherst had victories over Talawanda (8-3) and Cincinnati Moeller (2-1) and lost  to Gilmour Academy (4-1). Patriots were called for 2 quick penalties to open the game which resulted in a 5 on 3 advantage for Amherst. The Patriots killed the penalty by only giving up 2 shots on goal and were never threaten the rest of the game. The Patriots went on to win 6-0. The line of Jimmy Ruska (2), Christopher Bergamesca and Noah Allmaras (2) produced 5 of the 6 goals. Ethan Hollingsworth scored the other goal for the Patriots. Eddie Arcy had 20 saves to record his first official shutout of the regular season and improved his record to 1-1.

 In the championship game, Padua beat Gilmour 2-1.

The Patriots regular season record is 3-1 going into Friday, Dec. 3rd game against Dublin Scioto at Easton Chiller.

Sunday, November 21
Varsity Patriots End Pre-Season With 4 Wins and NO Loses

November 21st - Scrimmage Game 4:  Patriots 3- Bowling Green 0 


The Liberty Ice Hockey Patriots took their game to Bowling Green today to take on the Bobcats for their final 2010 scrimmage game.   Liberty came out strong in the first period with 2 quick goals: Grant Woods scored first on a shot from the corner and Robert Koehler scored on the Patriot’s first power play from the point.  Second period was scoreless with the Patriots successfully killing two 5 on 3 penalty kills.  The Patriots scored on a power play in the 3rd period on a shot from

Christopher Bergamesca which resulted in the Patriots posting a 3-0 victory.  Eddie Arcy recorded his second shutout in as many starts.  The Patriots limited the Bobcats to less than 20 shots which represents the 3rd straight game of 20 or fewer shots on goal allowed.  Liberty varsity ended their scrimmage season with a record of 4-0. 




November 19th - Scrimmage Game 3:  Patriots 2 - Findlay 1 


Patriots went to The Cube in Findlay to  play their 3rd scrimmage of the season versus the Findlay Trojans.  Patriots left The Cube with a 2-1 hard fought victory.  Bryan Finneran made a number of great saves to limit Findlay to one goal.  The defense allowed less than 20 shots for the 2nd consecutive game.  After a scoreless 1st period, Marshall Oja put the Patriots up 1-0 in the 2nd period.  The Trojans tied it early in the 3rd period, but Alec Vidrick put the Patriots up 2-1 with 10 minutes left in the game.  Trojans pulled their goalie with 90 seconds left and the Patriots having a man in the penalty box for a 6 on 4 advantage.  Yet, the Trojans committed a penalty with 45 seconds left to make it 4 on 4.  The Patriots kept the puck in the Trojans zone which kept the Trojan goalie in net and ran out the clock for the victory. 

November 14th - Scrimmage Game 2:  Patriots 8 - Oxford Talawanda 0  

The Varsity Patriots played scrimmage game #2 against the Talwanda Braves and skated to an 8-0 victory behind netminder Eddie Arcy.  After a scoreless 1st period, the Patriots opened the 2nd period with 2 quick goals in 2 1/2 minutes.  Liberty ended the 2nd period up 5-0 with Pete Leonetti, Ethan Hollingsworth, Marshall Oja and Jimmy Ruska scoring.  Matt Mullier, Ruska and Hollingsworth added goals in the 3rd period.  The Patriots limited Talawanda to under 20 shots.  The Patriots travel to Findlay next Friday, November 19th to take on Findlay  at 7pm.

November 12th - Scrimmage Game 1:  Patriots 6 - Centerville 0 

The Varsity Patriots opened its 2010/11 scrimmage season against the Centerville Elks  - the 2010 District semi-finalist and 2009 District Champions.  Marshall Oja, Anthony Bergamesca, Drew Ash and Jimmy Ruska (2) scored for Liberty as they earned a 6-0 shut out victory at Chiller North.  With Bryan Finneran in goal stopping 24 shots  and a defense allowing few scoring opportunities for the Elks, the Patriots rolled multiple offensive and defensive lines for a solid victory.  Patriots would like to thank the 100+ fans for attending the scrimmage.  Patriots next game is a scrimmage this Sunday, Nov. 14th at 11:30am against Oxford – Talawanda at Chiller North.  Talawanda eliminated the Patriots in overtime in the 2010 District quarterfinals.