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

Wednesday, February 23
JV CBJ Cup Recap - Game 2:

February  18, 2011:  Liberty JV 3 - Cincinnati Moeller JV 4:  

The Patriots played the top seeded Cincinnati Moeller Crusaders saturday night, and lost a heartbreaking game, by a score of 4 to 3, ending their season. 

Moeller started the game quickly, and scored two goals in the first half of the period.  Liberty responded on a goal by Ryan Jesi, with an assist from Daniel Rosenberg, to cut the lead in half.  Moeller scored the final goal of the period, with only 18 seconds remaining, on a tipped shot that just missed the left pad of goalie Drew Russell, and went in off the post. 

Clearly back on their heels, it would have been easy for the Patriots to give up, but that was not the case.  They fought back with an unassisted goal by Ryan Jesi, and a goal by Evan Henderson, assisted by JT Wathen and Daniel Rosenberg, and tied the game 3-3. 

With the Patriots regaining momentum, Moeller got the break of the game, and what proved to be the deciding goal.  After winning the faceoff in the Liberty defensive zone, their defenseman shot the puck from the point, but it was deflected by a Patriot defenders stick.  The puck went high in the air, with everyone losing sight of it, carried over the head of Drew Russell, and went in the net.

Liberty tried desperately in the third period to score the tying goal, to save their season, but it was not to be. With the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, Moeller was able to hold on, and run the clock out to take home a hard fought win, and advance to the semi finals on saturday.  Drew Russell faced 26 shots in net for the Patriots. 

The Patriots finish their inaugural season with a record of 16 wins, 13 losses and 2 ties.

Friday, February 18
JV CBJ Cup Recap: February 17, 2011

February 17, 2011:  Liberty JV 8 – PRPC JV  0: 


The Patriots played the first game of the CBJ Cup Thursday night, and beat the PRPC Prowlers by a score of 8-0.  Liberty dominated puck possession, but did not get on the score board until Ryan Jesi scored an unassisted goal with two minutes left in the first period.  Drew Russell stopped a breakaway midway through the period to keep the Prowlers off the board. 

Luke Austin scored a goal six minutes into the second, with a helper from Joe Schoettmer to make it 2-0.  The key sequence of the game happened midway through the second, when the Patriots were killing off a 5 on 3 power play.  After killing off the first penalty, Zach Stewart scored a shorthanded goal, and JT Wathen scored another shortly after the penalty expired, with assists on both goals credited to Ryan Jesi, to make the score 4-0, and PRPC never recovered. 

The Patriots blew the game open with 4 third period goals, One by Joe Schoettmer, one by Zach Stewart, one by CJ Galczak, and the final goal of the night by Ryan Jesi.  Assists went to Ryan Jesi, Luke Austin, CJ Galczak, Tyler Wittkopf, Daniel Rosenberg and JT Wathen. 

The defense really stepped up, and Drew Russell only faced 18 shots for the game, but made a few key saves, especially during the 5 on 3 penalty kill, and recorded his third shutout of the season. 

The Patriots advance to play their second round game Friday night at the Chiller Easton, against the Crusaders from Archbishop Moeller. 

Monday, February 14
Liberty JV Hockey Recap: Feb 11-13, 2011

February 11, 2011:  Liberty JV 1 - Dublin White (Jerome) JV 2:  The Liberty JV team played Dublin White friday night, to begin the final weekend of games before the CBJ Cup, and lost by a score of 2 - 1.  White scored in the first period, but Ryan Jesi scored in the second period to tie the game.  Dublin scored the game winning goal in the second, on a nice pass to a player sitting on the back door, who knocked the puck in the net.  The Patriots spent most of the final period killing off penalties, and were unable to generate many scoring chances.  Drew Russell faced 33 shots for the Patriots. 

January 12, 2011:  Liberty JV 1 - Dublin Green (Coffman) JV 2:  The Patriots played Dublin Green saturday night, and lost by a score of 2-1, in an exciting, back and forth game.  After a scoreless first period, Zach Stewart scored in the second, with an assist from Ryan Jesi.  Dublin scored a power play goal with four minutes left in the third, to tie the game, and scored the game winning goal with two minutes remaining.  Drew Russell played one of his better games of the season, facing 45 shots for the Patriots, in taking the loss. 

January 13, 2011:  Liberty JV 4 - NE Storm JV 3:  Liberty beat the North East Storm sunday evening by a score of 4 - 3.  The Storm scored a rebound goal in the first minute, but Liberty responded with two goals by Ryan Jesi, assisted by Nick Kouskouris and Luke Austin.  Daniel Rosenberg scored an unassisted goal in the second period, but the Storm again rallied to tie it at three.  Ryan Jesi set up the game winner in the third, on a power play goal by Nick Kouskouris.  Drew Russell was busy again, facing 38 shots for the Patriots, to record the win.

Tuesday, February 8
JV Weekend Recap: February 4 - 6 2011

February 4, 2011:  Liberty JV 5 – Gahanna JV  4:   The Patriots played the Gahanna Lions at Easton, and won by a score of 5-4.  They got off to a strong start with a goal in the first minute by Zach Stewart, with an assist by JT Wathen.  Gahanna countered with two first period goals, and then Liberty responded with goals by Ryan Jesi, another by Zach Stewart, a shorthanded goal by Joe Schoettmer and a goal by CJ Galczak.   Nick Kouskouris had an assist, and two by JT Wathen.   Drew Russell played while shaking off the effects of the flu, and faced 38 shots for the game, to record the win.  

February 5, 2011:  Liberty JV 4 – Cincinnati Meoller JV 5:   Liberty played the Moeller Crusaders on Saturday at the Cincinnati Gardens Arena, and suffered a tough loss by the score of 5-4.  Leading 4-2 in the third period, the Patriots were hurt by multiple penalties, and Moeller took advantage, scoring the final three goals, including the game winner in the final two minutes.  Ryan Jesi had two goals and an assist, Zach Stewart had a goal and an assist, and Luke Austin scored a goal.  Nick Kouskouris and JT Wathen also had assists.  Drew Russell had another busy game, and faced 41 shots in net. 

February 6, 2011:  Liberty JV 5 – Upper Arlington JV 3:   Liberty played the UA Bears on Sunday, and came away with a hard fought 5-3 win, in a wild game between the two teams.  The Patriots played a really strong first two periods, and lead 2-0, on goals by Luke Austin and Ryan Jesi.  The Bears mounted a serious rally to tie the game in the third, but the Patriots used two goals by Daniel Rosenberg and an empty net goal by JT Wathen to secure the win.  Liberty was helped with assists by Tommy Fortunato, Joe Schoettmer and Luke Austin.  Drew Russell faced 26 shots in net for the Patriots, to pick up the win.

Wednesday, February 2
JV Weekend Recap: January 28-30 2011

January 28, 2011:  Liberty JV 5 – Orange JV  5:   

Rivals Orange and Liberty met for the first time on Friday, in front of the largest crowd of the season for a JV game.  Four goals by Cole Hutchinson and one by CJ Galczak lead the way, with assists by Evan Henderson and Nick Kouskouris.  Liberty got off to a quick start with three first period goals, but Orange came back with two in the third.  Orange scored a goal in the final minute with their goalie pulled to force a tie.  Drew Russell faced 32 shots for the game, including stopping a penalty shot to keep Orange off the board early on.   


 January 29, 2011:  Liberty JV 3 – Hilliard JV 2:  

Liberty beat Hilliard 3-2, to record their biggest conference league win to date.  The game was tied after two periods, but two quick goals early in the third sealed the win.  Leading the scoring were two goals from JT Wathen, and one by Zach Stewart, with an assist by Justin Rose.  Drew Russell faced 28 shots for Liberty, to get the win. 


January 30, 2011:  Liberty JV 0 – Newark JV 3:  

Liberty lost to Newark 3-0, in a game controlled by the Generals, especially through the first two periods.  Newark scored one goal in the first period, and two in the second period to end the scoring.  The Patriots controlled the play in the third period, but could not score on the Generals goalie.  Drew Russell had another busy night, and faced 33 shots in net for the Patriots.

Monday, January 24
JV Weekend Recap: January 21-23 2011

January 21, 2011:  Liberty JV 0 – PRPC JV  3:   The Liberty JV team learned the value of the old saying “Never underestimate your opponent” Friday night, and lost 3-0 to the Ice Prowlers.  The Patriots came out flat, and never recovered.  They were outshot 27-18, and PRPC controlled the game throughout.  Drew Russell faced 27 shots in the loss.  

January 22, 2011:  Liberty JV 8 – Westerville JV 0:   Liberty rebounded from Fridays game with a much better effort Saturday night, and beat Westerville by a score of 8-0.  Ryan Jesi got a hattrick, JT Wathen recorded 4 assists, and Zach Stewart got 3 assists as well.  Eddie Arcy made 21 saves to pick up the win and record the shutout. 

January 23, 2011:  Liberty JV 7 – Troy JV 3:   The Patriots won a penalty filled game Sunday in the Hobart Arena in Troy by a score of 7-3.  Liberty got hattricks from both Ryan Jesi and Nick Kouskouris, and another goal by Cole Hutchinson.  Assists were made by Luke Austin , Tommy Fortunato, Joe Schoettmer and Evan Henderson.  Drew Russell made 17 saves to pick up the win.

Monday, January 24
JV Hockey Patriots Advance to Tournament Finals in Strongsville!

January 15, 2011:  Liberty JV 4 – St Charles JV  2:   The Liberty JV team defeated the St Charles Cardinals by a score of 4-2.  Ryan Jesi scored a first period goal on a breakaway, and Evan Henderson scored on an assist from Cole Hutchinson in the second period.  That period was filled with penalties, and goalie Drew Russell faced 20 shots during multiple penalty kill situations, stopping all of them.  JT Wathen scored in the third period with an assist from Ryan Jesi, and Joe Schoettmer scored an unassisted goal to close out the scoring.  Drew Russell made 29 saves to pick up the win.


 January 15, 2011:  Liberty JV 2 – Gahanna JV 2:   The Patriots tied the Gahanna Lions, in a back and forth game Saturday night.  Ryan Jesi scored an unassisted goal in the first period, and Cole Hutchinson scored in the second, with an assist from JT Wathen.  Gahanna replied to each of the Liberty goals with a pair of power play goals, and to keep the game tied.  Again the second period saw multiple penalties, and Drew Russell made 19 saves, with a total of 35 for the game.


January 16, 2011:  Liberty JV 2 – Upper Arlington JV 3:   The Patriots Lost to the Upper Arlington Golden Bears 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.  UA went up in the first period 2-0, and Liberty showed a lot of fight, with a first period goal by CJ Galczak, and a second period goal by Joe Schoettmer to tie the game.  Unfortunately the Bears scored a power play goal in the final 30 seconds of the third period to win the game.  Drew Russell made 20 saves for the Patriots.  Although the result was disappointing, fortunately Liberty was able to advance to the championship game on Monday.

January 17, 2011:  Liberty JV 1 - Avon JV 2 (Championship Game):   The Patriots played a much older, bigger  Avon Eagles team in the championship game.  After a scoreless first period, Avon scored twice in the second, but the Patriots continued to pressure the more veteran Avon team.  Late in the third period, Liberty scored one of the rarest of goals, credited to Ryan Jesi.  Liberty had been called for a delayed penalty, and Avon pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.  Their defenseman made a cross ice pass to a teammate, but the puck glanced off the skate of Ryan Jesi, and into the open Avon net.  Liberty later pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, but Avon held off the late charge to secure the tournament championship.  Drew Russell made 36 saves and held his team in the game until the very end.

For the Weekend, Patriots goalie Drew Russell stopped 120 of the 129 shots he faced.

Monday, January 24
Gilmour Academy: 2011 Brother James Memorial Tournament

January 7, 2011:  Liberty JV 0 - Glimour Academy Varsity B 3:  The Liberty JV team played their first round game of the Brother James Memorial Tournament, losing to the Host Lancers by a score of 3-0.  Liberty had defeated them at the tournament at Miami University over the Thanksgiving weekend, and Gilmour wanted to prevent a repeat performance. Gilmour started strong, and scored a power play goal in each of the first two periods, then added an empty net goal in the final minute to secure the victory.  Drew Russell stopped 24 shots, and made several difficult saves to keep the game close until the end. 

January 8, 2011:  Liberty JV 0 - St Francis (Buffalo NY) Varsity B 9:  Easily the best team the Patriots have faced this season, the Buffalo St Francis Varsity B team defeated the Liberty JV team by a score of 9-0.  The vast majority of the game was played in the Patriots end of the rink, but they kept working hard and continued to fight until the very end.  St Francis had a varsity level team, but the Patriots never gave up. St Francis peppered the Liberty net with shots, outshooting Liberty by a score of 57-3, with Drew Russell making 48 saves for the Patriots. 

January 8, 2011:  Liberty JV 1 - Ford City (Pittsburg PA) Varsity B 5:  The Ford City Sabres Varsity B team outshot Liberty by a 39 to 16 margin, and controlled the game throughout.  Still, the boys should be recognized for their effort, despite the difference in talent level. Down 5-0 late in the game, the Patriots continued to fight, and broke the shutout when CJ Galczak scored a breakaway goal in the game's final minute, thanks to an assist from Tyler Wittkopf.  Drew Russell made 34 saves for the Patriots. 

January 9, 2011:  Liberty JV 2 - Upper Arlington JV 1:  The Patriots bounced back to win the final game of the tournament, beating the UA Golden Bears in overtime by a score of 2-1.  Joe Schoettmer scored in the first period, with an assist from Justin Rose, and the score was tied at the end of regulation.  In the overtime session, Luke Austin scored the game winner from Ryan Jesi, to end the game. For the Weekend, Patriots goalie Drew Russell stopped 136 of the 153 shots he faced.

Saturday, January 1
JV Patriots Move to 2 - 0 in CHC League Play
December 31, 2010:  Liberty JV 3 - St Charles JV 2:   The Liberty JV team played their second league game Friday afternoon at the Easton Chiller, and defeated St. Charles by a score of 3-2. The Patriots started strong, with first period goals by Evan Henderson, with an assist from Tommy Fortunato, and an unassisted goal by Ryan Jesi.  However, the Cardinals responded with two goals of their own, and the score was tied 2-2 at the end of the first fifteen minutes. After a scoreless second period, Justin Rose scored the game winner, with an assist from Joe Schoettmer, on a shot from the point, just underneath the crossbar.  Drew Russell made 21 saves in a winning effort, and helped the JV Patriots improve their record to 7-2 for the season, and 2-0 in league play. The Patriots are off until January 7th, when they play the Gilmour Varsity B team in the opening round of the Gilmour Tournament in Gates Mills, Ohio. 

Wednesday, December 1
Liberty JV Hockey Opens Inaugural Season with Impressive Runner-Up Finish in Oxford!

The JV 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 4 teams from Cleveland and Cincinnati with the Patriots the only team from Columbus.  

In their first regular season game the Patriots had a shot at avenging a pre-season loss to Archbishop Moeller and they avenged their 3-8 loss with an 8-1 victory.  The first period saw a flurry of goals for the Patriots as Ryan Jesi and JT Wathen put the puck past the Moeller goalie a mere 4 seconds apart.  Zach Stewart and Kyle Horner finished the first period flurry with their first goals of the season.  The second period saw 3 more goals scored by Joe Schoettmer (2) and Luke Austin but also saw the shutout broken with the Patriots taking a 7-1 lead into the third.  The last goal of the game was a first for the Liberty defensemen and was scored by Justin Rose and with help from the games playmaker, Luke Austin, who put up 3 assists to go with his first goal.  Patriots Goaltender Drew Russell stopped 19 of 20 shots a winning effort. 

The Patriots took the ice Saturday against the Varsity B team from Gilmour Academy and what was a close game through two periods was taken over in the third by the Patriots their second victory of the year.  Joe Schoettmer started the scoring for the Patriots but Gilmour tied the game at 1-1 late in the first.  This only seemed to make the Patriots play harder as less than a minute later Ryan Jesi put the Patriots back on top 2-1 and then early in the second period Zach Stewart put the Patriots up 3-1.  Gilmour tried to make a game of it early in the third scoring to make the game close at 3-2 but again the Patriots responded and this time would not let Gilmour back into the game.  Three more goals from Ryan Jesi put the Patriots up 6-2 and Joe Schoettmer put the finishing touches on for a final score of 7-2.  Goaltender Drew Russell was solid making 34 saves on 36 shots. 

The Patriots second game of the day was against Padua Franciscan High School from Cleveland and would turn out to be the wildest and toughest game the team had played in the still young season.  A wild first period saw the Patriots came out firing scoring just 3 minutes into the game to take a one goal lead on a goal scored by Ryan Jesi. Padua came right back and less than 30 seconds later put in two goals a short 35 seconds apart from each other to take a 1-2 lead.  Padua made the lead two at the 8 minute mark but the Patriots Zach Stewart and Kyle Horner tied the game at 3-3 with goals less than 1 minute apart.  The first period ended with two more goals by Padua who took a 3-5 lead into the second period.  The second period went to the goalies as neither team managed a goal.  Down two starting the third the Patriots put the game within reach just 30 seconds into the period Zach Stewart’s second goal of the game putting the score at 4-5.  As the pressure to score mounted Luke Austin tied the game at 5 with just 4:27 left in the game.  Knowing that there would be no over time both teams pressed the attack but Patriots goaltender Drew Russell continued to shut the door on Padua and Zach Stewart ‘s hat trick and game winning goal came with only 41 seconds left on the clock.  Drew Russell made the final few of his 40 saves to preserve the hard fought, come from behind victory for the Patriots and help send them to the Championship Game on Sunday to face a now familiar foe. 

The Tournament Championship Game would feature the top seeded Patriots versus the second seeded Padua.  While the game between these two JV powers would again be decided by one goal it would not be in favor of the Patriots as it was the previous day.  The penalty box would be the downfall of the Patriots as first and second period power play goals would give Padua 0-2 lead.  With 4:40 to go in the second period Padua put a gal in to push the lead to 3 but the Patriots would finally solve the Padua goalie on a top corner slap shot from defenseman Daniel Rosenberg with just under a minute to go in the second giving the Patriots hope.  Kyle Horner would cut Padua’s lead to 1 with 9 minutes to go but that is all the Patriots would get as penalties and Padua’s goaltender would stymie the Patriots as Padua held on for a 3-2 victory.  In a tough outing and seeing his team on the penalty kill too many times Patriots Drew Russell added 32 saves on 35 shots in his fourth game of the weekend as the Patriots Ironman. 

The JV Patriots start their season at 3-1 with goaltender Drew Russel making 116 saves on 130 shots for a weekend save percentage of 89.321%.  The top offensive performers of the weekend were Ryan Jesi with 6 goals, Joe Schoettmer with 5 goals, Zach Stewart with 4 goals and Kyle Horner with 3 goals.  The teams top playmakers were defenseman Nick Kouskouris with 5 assists and Luke Austin, Ryan Jesi and defenseman Daniel Rosenberg with 3 assists each.  The JV Patriots next game is this Friday, 12-3-10, at 5:30pm versus conference foe Dublin JV White in a non-conference game at the Dublin Chiller.

Saturday, December 4
Patriot JV Game Report

December 5, 2010:  Liberty JV 14 - NW Club 0:   

The Liberty JV team played their first league game Sunday night at the North rink, looking to get off to a good start to the conference schedule.  They got hat tricks from three different players, (Kyle Horner, Cole Hutchinson and Evan Henderson) and 3 assists by JT Wathen, in route to a 14-0 win over the Northwest Hockey Club. The Patriots jumped on the scoreboard early, and lead 4-0 after the first period, with goals by Zach Stewart, two by Cole Hutchinson, and one from Evan Henderson. The second period saw the Patriots extend their lead to 9-0, on goals by JT Wathen, CJ Galczak, Evan Henderson and two by Kyle Horner. Liberty finished the game with 5 goals in the final period, scored  by Kyle Horner, Evan Henderson, Nick Kouskouris, Cole Hutchinson, and Tyler Wittkopf's first goal of the season. Goalie Drew Russell made 16 saves for the Patriots, to record his first shutout of the season, and help the team improve their record to 4-2.

December 3, 2010:  Dublin White (Jerome) 4 - Liberty JV 3   

The Liberty JV team had their final non-conference game friday night before the start of league play, and were hoping to build on their strong showing in the Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend at Miami University.  They were facing a Dublin White (Jerome) team that was also coming off a successful weekend in a tournament in Columbus over the holiday weekend. 

Dublin scored midway through the first period, and Liberty responded with two unassisted goals by Kyle Horner, and lead 2-1 at the end of the first period.  The Patriots extended the lead in the second period, on a goal by Zach Stewart, set up by some beautiful passing by Daniel Rosenberg and JT Wathen, who were each credited with assists on the goal. 

Then the game took a dramatic turn in the third period.  Dublin scored 3 goals in the final 15 minutes, and won the game 4 to 3.  The Celtics scored an even strength goal on a deflected shot in front of the Patriots net, and added both a shorthanded goal, and a power play goal to complete the comeback and secure the win. Goalie Drew Russell made 21 saves for the Patriots, whose record drops to 3 - 2 for the season

They will look to rebound from this loss on Sunday, when they open League play against the Northwest Club team, at their home North rink.


Saturday, December 18
JV Patriots Shut Out Sylvania Northview JV
December 17, 2010:  Liberty JV 2 - Northview 0:   The Liberty JV team played a non - league game friday night at the Tam O Shanter rink in Sylvania.  Ryan Jesi scored both goals, and Drew Russell recorded his second consecutive shutout, as the Patriots blanked Sylvania Northivew 2-0. After a scoreless first period, Liberty got on the scoreboard early in the second, on a goal by Ryan Jesi, set up by a beautiful pass from Cole Hutchinson, who got the assist.  Later in the period, Ryan Jesi scored a power play goal, with an assist by Kyle Horner. The defense took over from there, and a scoreless third period sealed the win.  Drew Russell made 27 saves for the game, to help the Patriots improve their record to 6-2 for the season. The Patriots are off until December 31st, when they play the St Charles Cardinals at the Chiller Easton.