North Royalton Bears: Team News
NRBHA to add Junior Varsity Team for upcoming 2015/16 Season.
The North Royalton Bears Hockey Association (NRBHA) is thrilled to announce that beginning with the 2015-2016 hockey season the Bears will be competing at both the Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) levels with the addition of a Junior Varsity team.
The North Royalton Bears Junior Varsity team will play, approximately, a 14-17 game schedule which will include 3-4 local tournaments and various exhibition games against area JV programs. In addition, players will practice approximately 3-5 hours per week which includes both on ice sessions and strength and conditioning training.
“I am excited about the opportunities that a Junior Varsity team will provide for the student-athletes and the program. The addition of a JV team will give us necessary depth at all positions and enhance our ability to develop our younger players while providing them with an opportunity to garner game-time experience during the season.” -Head Coach, Jeff McCarthy
- North Royalton Bears Hockey Association
If interested in learning more about or playing for the North Royalton Bears, please contact: NRBHA at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach, Jeff McCarthy at email@example.com .
Tuesday, March 10
Bears USA Hockey OH HS State Championships Recap
The North Royalton Bears participated in the 2015 USA Hockey, Ohio High School State Championships March 6-8th in Columbus earning 6.5 points total in the three game round robin. The 12 team tournament (top 4 teams from Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland) follows a point by period format with the top 4 point earning teams advancing to the semifinals after the three game round robin.
The Bears faced off against the tournament’s #1 seed, Dayton, in their opening round game falling to the Stealth, 4-3. North Royalton got off to a sluggish start surrendering two quick goals before finding their pace. Trailing, 2-0, midway through the 1st period the Bears netted their first of the game when Paul Jablonski tapped home a rebound from a Nicolai Kolasinski shot; also picking up an assist on the goal was Preston Vinyard. The story of the middle period was the solid play in net from the Bears freshman net minder, Collin Mischak, who came in to relive Joey Fratantonio early in the game. Mischak stopped 25/26 shots in the 2nd period alone and 44/46 overall. North Royalton seemed to respond to the energy Mischak provided and picked up their play considerably in the final period scoring twice. Anthony Picciano tallied an unassisted score early in the 3rd and, after a Stealth goal; Jacob Krosky brought the Bears back to within one assisted by Cam Cook and Timmy Orlosky.
North Royalton faced off against Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati’s #3 seed, in their second game of the tournament topping the Norse, 5-1. Senior captain Paul Jablonski led the way for the Bears scoring three times for the hat trick. Jablonski opened the scoring for the Bears in the 1st period with assists being awarded to Nicolai Kolasinski and Nick Magro. Mike Ambrose put the Bears up, 2-0. Just 39 ticks later when he buried a Jacob Krosky feed; also assisting on the goal was Colin O’Connor. The Bears added to their lead late in the middle period, on the power play, when Cam Cook blasted home an Ambrose fee d to put the Bears up, 3-0. Jablonski added his second of the game, assisted by Krosky and Ambrose, early in the final period and, after a Norse goal, added his final goal, an unassisted score with just over three minutes left in the period. Collin Mischak played solid in net stopping 18/19 shots he faced in the victory.
The Bears faced a tough test in their final game facing off against the Newark Generals, the #2 seed in Columbus and the 2015 Greater Columbus HS Hockey League Blue Jacket Cup winners. The two teams skated evenly through the opening period with each team scoring twice. North Royalton got goals from Jeremy Gripp, assisted by Christian Fernandez, and Jacob Krosky, assisted by Timmy Orlosky and Collin O’Connor. Newark owned the middle period netting the only two goals scored despite the two teams each having great chances. The final period was back and forth, much like the whole game, however Newark once again got the edge on the scoreboard scoring twice with Royalton only getting one. The Bears lone goal was scored by Paul Jablonksi assisted by Nicolai Kolasinki and Nick Magro.
The Bears finished their 2014/15 season with an impressive 26-17-5 season.
Monday, March 2
Bears fall to Jackson, 2-1, despite out shooting the Polar Bears, 38-15.
The North Royalton Bears fell to Jackson, 2-1, in the North Coast HS Hockey League semifinal game despite outshooting the Polar Bears, 38-15. The Bears threw everything they could at the Jackson net minder, taking 18 shots in the 3rd period alone but only managed one goal. Colin O’Connor netted Royalton’s only goal with just over 7 minutes in the game slamming home a Jacob Krosky rebound. The loss eliminated North Royalton (25-15-5) from league playoffs. The Bears had previously qualified for the USA Hockey, Ohio HS State Championships and will travel to Columbus, OH to play three round robin games the weekend of March 6-8 facing off against Dayton, Newark and Northern Kentucky.
Friday, February 27
Bears blank Oilers, advance to NCHSHL semifinal game.
The North Royalton Bears blanked the Wooster Oilers, 3-0, in NCHSHL playoff action on February 26th. The Bears dominated play outshooting the Oilers 40-12 and controlling the pace from the opening face-off. Michael Ambrose netted the Bears first goal, midway through the opening period, taking a beautiful feed from line mate Jacob Krosky and ripping it passed the Oilers net minder. Timmy Orlosky put the Bears up, 2-0, just over a minute later blasting shot in from the blue line; picking up assists on the goal were Nicolai Kolasinski and Paul Jablonski. Jablonski capped of the Bears scoring and putting the game out of Wooster’s reach with just under ten minutes remaining in the game. Joey Fratantonio stopped all 12 shots he faced for his 7th shutout of the year. The win advances the Bears to the NCHSHL semifinal game and brings their overall record to 25-14-5.
Friday, February 27
Bears move on, eliminate Fremont from playoffs.
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Fremont Ice Wolves, 6-1, on February 24th in NCHSHL playoff action. The Bears came out flying scoring the first four goals of the game, two in the opening period and two in the middle period before Fremont added one of their own. Royalton responded to the Ice Wolves late 2nd period score netting two more of their own in the final period. Jacob Krosky and Michael Ambrose each scored twice with Krosky picking up a pair of assists as well. Timmy Orlosky and Paul Jablonski each notched solo scores for the Bears who scored six for the first time since December 27, 2014. Joey Fratantonio looked solid between the pipes for the Bears stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced.
Friday, February 27
Bears stung by Bees, lose to Medina, 4-1.
The North Royalton Bears fell, 4-1, to the Medina Bees in their 2nd round playoff game on February 22, 2015. The loss sends the Bears into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination NCHSHL playoffs. The Bears lone goal came early in the 2nd period, to tie the game at one apiece, on the power play, when Jacob Krosky netted a Timmy Orlosky feed. The Bees answered moments later to take a 2-1 lead and then added two more 3rd period goals for the win.
Friday, February 27
Royalton wins opening round playoff game, defeats Wooster 4-3.
The Bears opened up play in the North Coast High School Hockey League on February 21, 2015 defeating the Wooster Oilers, 4-3. North Royalton came out strong scoring two goals in the opening period. Jeremy Gripp netted the first assisted by Christian Fernandez and Jacob Krosky scored next assisted by Colin O’Connor and Michael Ambrose. Royalton slowed a bit in the middle period only scoring once, Colin O’Connor found the back of the net assisted by Krosky and Ambrose, while surrendering three goals. The Bears got the game winner, just two minutes into the final period, when Michael Ambrose took a Jacob Krosky pass and snuck it passed the Oilers goalie; also picking up an assist was Colin O’Connor.
Friday, February 27
Bears participate in President's Day Tourney, fall in semifinal game.
The North Royalton Bears participated in the Rock-n-Roll Cup Tournament over the President’s Day weekend falling to the U18 Southgate Senators , 4-1, in the tournaments semifinal game. The Bears opened up tournament play on February 14th falling to the U18 Butler Bulldogs, 5-1. Royalton’s lone goal was scored by Michael Ambrose assisted by Jacob Krosky and Colin O’Connor. North Royalton returned to the ice the morning of February 15th defeating the U18 North London Nationals, 2-1, behind Joey Fratantonio’s 47 save performance. The Bears got goals from Brian Fielding and Nicolai Kolasinski in the win. The Bears faced a familiar foe in their evening game, squaring off against the Riverside Beavers. The two teams skated to a 1-1 tie with the Bears lone goal being scored by Brian Fielding with Cam Cook picking up an assist. The Bears concluded tournament play falling to Southgate, 4-1, in the semifinals with Jacob Krosky netting the Bears lone goal. Next up for the Bears, the Wooster Oilers, the two will play in the opening round of the North Coast HS Hockey League playoffs which will kick off on February 21, 2015 at the Mentor Civic Ice Arena.
Friday, February 13
Bears win one, lose one in final NCHSHL weekend.
The North Royalton Bears split their last two regular season games; defeating Great Lakes, 4-0, on February 6th and falling, 4-1, to Wooster February 8th.
The Bears dominated Great Lakes outshooting them 69-13 en route to the 4-0 win. Royalton got on the board just five minutes into the game when Paul Jablonski went end to end and buried a short-handed goal. The Bears made when up by two with about 4 minutes left in the opening frame when Nicolai Kolasinki tapped in a Jablonski rebound; also picking up an assist on the goal was Nick Magro. Kolasinski added his 2nd of the game, the only goal scored in the middle period finishing a beautiful feed from Mike Ambrose. The Bears scored their fourth and final goal midway through the final frame when Jeremy Gripp took a pass from Brian Fielding and ripped a shot passed the Freeze net minder. Joey Fratantonio picked up his 6th shutout and 12th win on the season.
The Bears fell. 4-1, to the Wooster Oilers in their final NCHSHL game of the season. North Royalton got on the board first, in the opening period, when Nick Magro buried a feed from Paul Jablonski; also picking up an assist was Nicolai Kolasinski. Wooster scored, shorthanded, to tie the game at one apiece entering the middle period. The 2nd and 3rd belonged to the Oilers who scored three more times. The loss drops the Bears to 8-5-3 in league play and 21-11-4 overall.
Monday, February 2
Bears. Polar Bears split points; tie 3-3.
The North Royalton Bears and the Jackson Polar Bears skated to a, 3-3, tie in NCHSHL play on Saturday, January 31st. North Royalton jumped to an early lead when Colin O'Connor slapped home a loose puck just 30 seconds into the opening period; assisting on the goal were Cam Cook and Mike Ambrose. The Bears added their second of the game early in the middle period when Michael Ambrose ripped a shot passed the Jackson net minder assisted by O'Connor and Jacob Krosky. Jackson answered a just a few minutes later, on the power play, to cut the Royalton lead to, 2-1. Cam Cook increased the Royalton lead to, 3-1, midway through the 3rd assisted by Krosky and Cook. Jackson cut the lead to one just a few moments later than then tied the game with only 2.9 seconds remaining to force overtime. The two teams skated through a scoreless OT, thanks in large part to Bears goaltender Joey Fratanotnio (25 saves) who made a few key saves in the extra frame. The Bears are now 20-10-4 overall and 7-4-3 in NCHSHL play with two league games remaining.
Monday, January 26
Bears out shoot Panthers 58-14 but settle for 1-1 tie.
The North Royalton Bears skated to a 1-1 tie with the Elyria Panthers on Sunday January 25th in NCHSHL league play. North Royalton dominated play out shooting Elyria 58-14 but could only solve the Panthers net minder on one occasion. Midway through the opening period Colin O'Connor redirected an Anthony Picciano shot for the Bears only score; Preston Vinyard also picked up an assist on the goal. The Bears thought they earned the victory when Cam Cook netted one in OT only to have it disallowed due to a phantom crease violation. The tie brings the Bears NCHSHL record to 7-4-2 and their overall record to 20-10-3.
Thursday, January 22
Bears earn 20th win of the season, defeating Elyria, 4-1.
The North Royalton Bears earned their 20th win of the season topping Elyria, 4-1, in NCHSHL league play on January 21, 2015. The Bears dominated the Elyria controlling play throughout and outshooting the Panthers 47-17. Royalton got on the board first, breaking a scoreless tie just 25 ticks into the middle period, when Christian Fernandez found the back of the net assisted by Jeremy Gripp and Dylan Kovach. The Bears added their second of the game towards the end of the 2nd period when Jeremy Gripp scored assisted by Kovach and Anthony Picciano. Cam Cook gave the Bears a 3-0 lead, early in the 3rd period, on the power play assisted by Timmy Orlosky and Jacob Krosky. The final Bears goal was scored by Tyler Cimperman with Eric Golla picking up the helper. Elyria spoiled what would have been Joey Fratantonio’s team leading 6th shutout netting a goal with just under a minute remaining in the contest.
The win improves the Bears NCHSHL record to 7-4-1 and their overall record to 20-10-2.
Thursday, January 22
Bears place 4th at Pioneer Classic; winning two and losing two.
The North Royalton Bears participated in the Olentangy Orange, Pioneer Classic from January 16-18, 2015. The Bears won two games, beating Mentor and Troy, and lost two games, falling to Centerville and Troy in the consolation round.
North Royalton opened up on Friday, January 16th against Mentor, defeating the Cardinals, 3-0.The Bears played two on Saturday, January 17th first falling to the Centerville Elks, 3-1, and next defeating the Troy Trojans, 4-3. The Bears were tied with the Olentangy Braves after the preliminary round, with two wins apiece, and because the two teams did not play one another it went to the secondary tie breaker of fewest penalties s in minutes which the Bears lost. As a result of losing the tie breaker the Bears squared off against the Troy Trojans in the tournaments consolation round on Sunday January, 18th; this time falling to the Trojans, 4-2.
The Bears will return home from Columbus with an overall record of 19-10-2.
Friday, January 16
Bears earn 6th league win, defeat Wooster, 5-1.
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Wooster Oilers, 5-1, in NCHSHL play on January 15th at Alice Noble Ice Arena in Wooster, OH. The Bears got on the board early in the 1st when Mike Ambrose knocked in a loose puck; assists were awarded to Jacob Krosky and Paul Jablonski. North Royalton added three 2nd period goals to take a commanding 4-0 lead entering the final period. The Bears next two goals came on the power play; Cam Cook netted the Bears second score assisted by Timmy Orlosky and Krosky and Anthony Picciano added Royalton's third score assisted by Nicolai Kolasinski. Mike Ambrose scored his 2nd of the game assisted by Preston Vinyard and Jablonski. The Bears opened up the final frame as they did the opening period scoring in the first minute when Jablonski finished a beautiful feed from Jacob Krosky; also picking up an assist was Mike Ambrose. Joey Fratantonio continued his strong play between the pipes stopping 25 of the 26 shots faced. The win improves the Bears league record to 6-4-1 and their overall record to 17-8-2.
Sunday, January 11
North Royalton wins a pair in Fremont; beat Ice Wolves and Eagles.
The North Royalton Bears played a pair of games on January 11th at the Fremont Rec. Ctr. Winning them both and improving their overall record to 16-8-2.
In the early game the Bears defeated the Fremont Ice Wolves, 3-0, in North Coast HS Hockey League play. North Royalton got on the board early when Jacob Krosky netted what would be the eventual game winner; assists were awarded to Paul Jablonski and Timmy Orlosky. After a scoreless middle period, Krosky added his 2nd of the game early in the 3rd assisted by Cam Cook and Colin O’Connor. Cook netted the Bears final goal midway through the period, on the power play, assisted by Orlosky and O’Connor. Joey Fratantonio played an exceptional game between the pipes for the Bears stopping all 25 shots he faced for his team leading 4th shutout. The win improves the Bears NCHSHL record to 5-4-1.
The Bears downed the Northwest Eagles, 4-1, in their 2nd game of the day for their 16th win. The line of Colin O’Connor (2G/2A) Michael Ambrose (2A) and Jacob Krosky (2G/2A) led the Bears offense scoring all 4 of the Bears goals. Freshman goalie, Collin Mischak, won his 7th game of the season stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced.
Sunday, January 11
Bears get stung, fall to Medina!
The North Royalton Bears battled hard but fell short losing, 4-1, to the Medina Bees in NCHSHL play. The Bears started slow and trailed 2-0 after the opening period but fought back in the middle frame. North Royalton cut the Bees lead to 2-1, two minutes into the 2nd period, when Dylan Kovach scored on the power play assisted by Nicolai Kolasinski. North Royalton continued to press and nearly tied it up when Jacob Krosky scored shorthanded only to have the goal overturned. Medina netted their third of the game with just over three minutes remaining in the 2nd period. Despite playing a solid 3rd period, it was Medina that added a score in the final frame. The Bears fall to 4-4-1 in league play and 14-8-2 overall.
Monday, January 5
Bears top Beavers, defeat Riverside 3-1
The North Royalton Bears improved to 4-3-1 in the NCHSHL with a 3-1 win over the Riverside Beavers on January 4th. The Bears got on the board first when Cam Cook’s shot from outside the blue line snuck past the Beavers tender. North Royalton added to their lead midway through the second period, on the power-play, when Jacob Krosky put home a Colin O’Connor feed, also assisting on the goal was Paul Jablonski. Riverside got one of their own just 22 seconds later reducing the Bear’s lead to one. Timmy Orlosky netted an empty netter to seal the game with just under a minute left in the third assisted by Krosky and Cook. Joey Fratantonio continued his solid play in net for the Bears stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced. The win improves the Bears overall record to 14-7-2.
Monday, January 5
Bears fall at the Q, lose to Kenston, 2-0.
North Royalton Hockey opened up the New Year at Quicken Loans Arena on January 2nd falling to the Kenston Bombers, 2-0, in non-league play. The Bears looked sluggish but still managed to hang with the Bombers thanks in large part to the solid play of their net minder, Joey Fratantonio who stopped 23 of 25 shots. The loss drops the Bears overall record to 13-7-2.
Monday, January 5
Bears place 3rd in Lake Catholic Holiday Tournament.
The North Royalton Bears participated in the Lake Catholic, Cougar Holiday Extravaganza December 26-29th in Mentor, Ohio. The Bears played well winning three of four with their only loss coming to the eventual tournament champion, Lake Catholic Cougars.
The Bears opened up play against Columbus Northeast on December 26th and defeated the Storm, 4-3. Jacob Krosky led the Bears offense scoring twice while Eric Golla and Nicolai Kolasinski each added solo tallies. Collin Mischak was solid in net for North Royalton stopping 26 of the 29 shots faced.
North Royalton returned to play a pair on December 27th. The Bears defeated the Mentor Cardinals, 4-3, in their morning game before falling to the Lake Catholic Cougars, 6-1, in their afternoon game. Against Mentor, Dylan Kovach led all scorers with 5 points (2G/3A) followed closely by Jacob Krosky with four points (2G/2A), Cam Cook (2G/2A) and Mike Ambrose with three points (3A). In the afternoon game, the Bears lone goal was netted by Dylan Kovach with an assist being awarded to Nicolai Kolasinski.
The Bears took on Kent Roosevelt in the tournaments 3rd place game on December 28th downing the Raiders, 2-0. Joey Fratantonio played an outstanding game for the Bears earning his team leading third shutout. The Bears broke a scoreless tie midway through the middle period when Colin O’Connor fed Anthony Picciano who buried a slap shot from the point. North Royalton added their 2nd goal of the game early in the final period when Mike Ambrose tapped in Paul Jablonski rebound. The win improved the Bears overall record to 13-6-2.
Tuesday, December 23
Bears skate to tie in league play, split points with Riverside.
North Royalton faced off against Riverside in NCHSHL action on December 20th and the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie. The Bears finally showed some moxie as they fought back from a three goal deficit, out shooting the Beavers 37-20, to earn the tie. The Bears found themselves in familiar territory as Riverside scored early to take the lead. The Beavers added two more before North Royalton answered with one of their own, a power play tally scored by Cam Cook assisted by Timmy Orlosky. The Bears cut the Riverside lead to one with just over three minutes left in the middle period when Paul Jablonski netted his 1st of the game assisted by Dylan Kovach and Mike Ambrose. Jablonski scored his 2nd of the game midway through the final period, tying the game at 3 apiece, assisted by Nicolai Kolasinski and Nick Magro. Despite many chances in the final frame and in OT for the Bears, they couldn't get the game winner and were forced to settle for a split. The Bears now sit at 3-3-1 in the North Coast HS Hockey League and 10-5-2 overall. Next up for North Royalton- the Lake Catholic Cougar Holiday Extravaganza- in Mentor, OH, December 26-28th.
Friday, December 19
North Royalton loses the battle of the Bears, fall to Jackson 6-2
The North Royalton Bears lost to the Jackson Polar Bears, 6-2, in league play on Wednesday, December 17th at Center Ice in Canton, OH. North Royalton came out quick and controlled play throughout the opening period outshooting Jackson 11 to 6 but still found themselves trailing, 2-1, at the end of the 1st period. The Bears 1st period goal was scored by Nick Magro with assists being awarded to Brian Fielding and Dylan Kovach. The 2nd period did not go any better for the Bears whose defensive struggles continued as they surrendered 3 goals on only 9 shots against. Trailing, 5-1, entering the final period the Bears replaced their net minder pulling Joey Fratantonio (11 saves/16 shots) and replacing him with freshman, Collin Mischak (11 saves/12 shots). The goaltending switch seemed to spark the Bears, albeit briefly, as they came out flying to start the 3rd scoring in the opening minute of the period. North Royalton’s goal was scored by Dylan Kovach assisted by Jacob Krosky and Nick Magro. Jackson weathered the Bears early flurry and netted their 6th and final goal midway through the final period. The loss drops the Bears to 3-3 in the North Coast HS Hockey League and 10-5-1 overall.
Tuesday, December 16
Bears split weekend games; defeat Euclid, fall to Medina.
The North Royalton Bears needed overtime to get passed the Euclid Vikings, 3-2, on Saturday, December 13th. The score was hardly a representation of how close the game actually was as the Bears outshot the Vikings 57-16. Euclid scored the game’s first goal, on the power play, with just under a minute remaining in the opening period and took the lead into the break. North Royalton answered halfway through the middle frame when Jeremy Gripp’s shot from the blue line snuck by the Euclid net minder. The Bears took the, lead early in the final period, when newcomer Colin O’Connor buried a Jeremy Gripp rebound for his 1st goal in a Bears uniform. Despite only tallying six shots in the final period Euclid was able to get one of them past Bears keeper, Collin Mischak, to tie the game at two apiece. North Royalton’s Nicolai Kolasinski scored the game winner for the Bears taking and burying a nice feed from Dylan Kovach. Kolasinski’s goal was a special one, not just because it was an OT game winner, but because just a shift earlier he sustained an arm injury that ultimately landed him in the emergency room.
The Bears took to the ice on December 14th, facing off against rival Media in league play, falling to the Bees, 6-0. The two teams battled through a hard hitting and fast paced opening period with Medina netting the only goal. Medina found the net for their second score just a minute into the middle period and the score remained, 2-0 Medina for most of the period. With just under 90 seconds remaining in the period the Bees exploded scoring three times in just 88 seconds to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Medina added their 6th and final score of the game midway through the final period. Despite giving up six goals, many on 2nd and 3rd shot attempts, junior net minder Joey Fratantonio played very well stopping 32 of 38 shots in the loss.
The Bears overall record now sits at 10-4-1, 3-2 in the North Coast HS Hockey League.
Monday, December 8
Bears dominate weekend, improve to 9-3-1 overall.
The North Royalton Bears improved their record to 9-3-1 overall and 2-1 in the North Coast HS Hockey League with three victories this past weekend.
The Bears topped the Great Lakes Freeze in non-league play on Friday, December 5th, 11-1, at Kent State University. After an early goal by the Freeze, North Royalton answered with 11 straight tallies. Anthony Picciano and Cam Cook each netted hat tricks while five other Bears added single scores. Freshman, Collin Mischak, played well in net for the Bears stopping 14 of the 15 shots faced.
North Royalton returned to action on December 6th skating against the Euclid Vikings in league play. Senior Captain Paul Jablonski led the way for the Bears, who cruised to a 10-2 victory, with three goals and 2 assists.
Next up for the Bears, on December 7th, were the Ohio City Wildcats. North Royalton picked up right where they left off just a night earlier, scoring 9 times en route to a 9-0 win over the visiting Wildcats. Cam Cook continued to impress netting another hat trick, giving him 10 goals on the season. Timmy Orlosky and Jacob Krosky each showed they can do more than just score goals as the pair each earned 3 assists on the night. Junior net minder, Joey Fratantonio, picked up his 2nd shutout and 4th win on the season playing solid between the pipes for the Bears.
Next up, the Bears will play a pair of games at OBM Arena- December 13th v. Euclid at 840pm and December 14th v. Medina at 5:30pm.
Friday, December 5
Sports on Tap sits down and talks to the Head Coach of the North Royalton Bears Hockey program!
Thursday, December 4
Bears win Panther Invitational hosted by Toledo-Whitmer HS!
The North Royalton Bears spent their Thanksgiving break in Toledo, OH participating in the Panther Invitational hosted by Whitmer High School. The Bears rolled through the tournament outscoring their opponents 53-3 over a four game span. The Bears defeated, tournament host, Whitmer in their opening game on Friday, November 28th before knocking off both the Springfield Blue Devils and the Lake Flyers on Saturday November 29th. The Championship game, played Sunday, November 30th, was a rematch against Lake High School and once again the Bears proved to be too much, defeating the Flyers, 11-2, to win the tournament.
Monday, November 24
Tough weekend for NR; Bears lose three, tie one.
The North Royalton Bears hockey team struggled mightily this weekend, playing four games in just two days, losing three of them and tying the other. The Bears hoping to get a jump on their season packed the weekend with quality opponents but perhaps bit off more than they could chew. The Bears opened up at Center Ice in Canton on Saturday, November 22nd against Jackson falling to the Polar Bears 5-1. North Royalton out shot the Polar Bears, 37-22, but could only muster a lone goal which came in the middle period scored by Timmy Orlosky and assisted by Jacob Krosky and Paul Jablonski. The Bears used two goaltenders in the loss; Danny Fielding (11/14) got the start and was replaced by Joey Fratantonio (6/8) with 6 minutes remaining in the second.
North Royalton returned home, to OBM Arena, for an evening game on the 22nd facing off against Fremont and falling, 6-4, to the Ice Wolves. The Bears got on the board first when Paul Jablonski scored on the power play assisted by Jacob Krosky and Timmy Orlosky. After Fremont tied the game, Royalton added the next two- Orlosky netted the first assisted by Jablonski and Krosky and Anthony Picciano add the next one assisted by Nicolai Kolasinski and Michael Schlegel. Fremont closed the gap only to see the Bears take another two goal lead when Schlegel fed Cam Cook who blasted a shot from the point past the Ice Wolves net minder. North Royalton’s defensive struggles continued as they surrendered the next four goals, one at the end of the 2nd and three in the final period. Danny Fielding got the start and struggled, giving up 5 goals on just 19 shots , which led to his being replaced by Joey Fratantonio who played the final 10 minutes giving up 1 goal on 8 shots.
The Bears headed to Gilmour on November 23rd to take on Kenston in non-league play falling to the Bombers 5-2. Kenston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead scoring 3 goals on their first 12 shots before North Royalton answered with one of their own. Eric Golla, assists to Nick Magro and Brian Fielding, tapped in a loose puck with 26 seconds remaining in the middle period however the excitement was short lived as just 15 seconds later Kenston added their fourth of the game. The Bombers added their fifth goal early in the 3rd leading to a Bears goalie change. North Royalton netted their 2nd of the game midway through the final period, on the power play, when Nicolai Kolasinski (assists to Magro and Paul Jablonski) knocked home a loose puck.
North Royalton completed their 4 game weekend on Sunday evening at the Pond in Auburn skating to a, 4-4, tie vs. the Orange Lions. The Lions got on the board first midway through the opening period and held a 1-0 lead until just under a minute when Mike Ambrose netted a score from the slot assisted by Nicolai Kolasinski and Jeremy Gripp. Each team scored two in the middle period- the Bears goals were scored by Brian Fielding (assisted by Eric Golla and Nick Magro) and Paul Jablonski (assisted by Timmy Orlosky and Jacob Krosky). The two teams entered the final period tied at three and each added another goal, the Bears goal was scored by Kolasinski with assists being awarded to Ambrose and Cam Cook. Collin Mischak provided the Bears with solid play between the pipes, something North Royalton hadn't seen all weekend, stopping 33 of the 37 shots faced.
After the weekend, the Bears now sit at 2-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the North Coast HS Hockey League.
Wednesday, November 19
2014/15 North Royalton Hockey Preview
North Royalton Bears- 2014-15
Recap of 2013-14:
The North Royalton Bears finished the 2013-14 season with an impressive 37-19-1 overall record, placed 2nd (lost 1-0 to the Jackson Polar Bears) in the USA Hockey, Ohio HS State Championships and a top 8 finisher at USA Hockey HS National Championships.
Outlook for 2014-15:
The 2014-15 North Royalton Bears believe they have what it takes to make another run at a USA Hockey, Ohio HS State Championship and will attempt to do so with a number of new players. The Bears lost 16 players from last season’s 37 win team, however, feel they have added the right pieces to contend. There are 12 players that will wear a North Royalton jersey for the first time this season joining a solid core of 10 returners. This season’s team is making defense a priority and will focus heavily on their defensive zone play. The team recognizes that in a league as strong as thiers puck management and strong defense are integral to a team’s success.
The Bears will look to their new additions to replace the offense lost from last season’s team as the Bears said goodbye to 84% (208/248) of their goals scored from a year earlier.
Timmy Orlosky (Junior/Strongsville HS)
Harrison Zeller (Junior/Revere HS)
Eric Golla (Sophomore/North Royalton HS)
Matt Brewer (Sophomore/ North Royalton HS)
Christian Fernandez (Sophomore/ North Royalton HS)
Paul Jablonski (Senior/Mayfield HS)
Nicolai Kolasinski (Senior/Walsh Jesuit HS)
(Senior/Aurora HS) Jacob Krosky (Junior/Strongsville HS) Anthony Picciano (Junior/Strongsville HS) Brian Fielding (Junior/Avon HS) Tyler Cimperman (Freshman/Garfield Heights HS)
The Bears return 5 of their top 6 defenseman from last season’s team, a team that surrendered less than 2.5 goals per game.
Returners: Preston Vinyard (Senior/Normandy HS) Jeremy Gripp (Junior/North Royalton HS) Michael Schlegel (Junior/St. Ignatius HS) Logan Kieklak (Sophomore/ North Royalton HS) Christian Fernandez (Sophomore/ North Royalton HS) Additions: Nick Magro (Junior/St. Joe’s, Fremont) Cam Cook (Junior/St. Ignatius)
North Royalton will introduce a trio of goaltenders this season, all in their first year with the Bears and all capable of playing meaningful minutes. Joey Fratantonio (Junior/Revere HS) Danny Fielding (Freshman/Avon HS) and Collin Mischak (Freshman/Cuyahoga Heights HS) will all see time between the pipes for the Bears.
Source of optimism:
The Bears seem to have a renewed hunger and a balanced roster with 12 new players and 10 returners. The team has come together quickly and their chemistry is solid.
Cause for concern:
The Bears graduated both of their goaltenders and 84% of their total goals scored from last season’s team.
Did you know?:
The North Royalton Bears have won an astounding 105 games over the last four seasons including a team record, 37 wins, last season. During that four year period, the Bears have won approximately 60% of their games compiling a 105-64-12 record along the way.
Monday, November 17
North Royalton wins home opener!
The North Royalton Bears downed the Great Lakes Freeze, 6-2, in North Coast HS Hockey League play on November 16, 2014 at OBM Arena in Strongsville. The Bears got on the board twice in the opening period, both scores coming from Jacob Krosky – his first he buried, unassisted, from the slot and his second he finished a feed from Paul Jablonski. North Royalton added to their lead early in the middle period when Timmy Orlosky tapped in a beautiful pass from Jablonski back door; Krosky also picked up an assist on the goal. Krosky added the Bears fourth goal of the game, his third, just a minute later with assists being awarded to Orlosky and Jablonski. The Bears, up 4-0, seemed to ease up a bit allowing two Great Lakes goals before responding with one of their own to take a 5-2 lead. Nicolai Kolasinski scored the final goal of the middle period assisted by Eric Golla and added his second of the game, the only goal scored in the final period, assisted by Anthony Picciano and Golla.
Tuesday, October 28
Bears win season opener!
The North Royalton Bears kicked of their 2014-15 season on October 18th at Kent State University against the Great Lakes Freeze. North Royalton dominated all three periods, out-shooting the Freeze 46-13, en route to a 7-2 victory. Great Lakes and North Royalton exchanged first period goals; the Bears goal was scored by junior Anthony Picciano with assists going to Mike Ambrose and Nicolai Kolasinki. North Royalton scored three times in the middle frame; Paul Jablonski scored first assisted by Tim Orlosky and Jeremy Gripp , Dylan Kovach was next with assists being awarded to Harrison Zeller and Tyler Cimperman and Orlosky added one of his own assisted by Nick Magro. Great Lakes added their second goal early in the third which seem reenergize North Royalton who added three more to their total. Orlosky netted his 2nd of the game assisted by Grip and Jacob Krosky to give the Bears a 5-2 lead followed by freshman Tyler Cimperman who added the Bears sixth goal netting his 1st as a high school player; Kovach and Brian Fielding picked up the assists. Kolasinki capped off the Bears scoring with a beautiful wrap around goal assisted by Jablonski.
Tuesday, August 26
Walsh signs junior contract, will play for the Southern Tier Xpress
The Southern Tier Xpress, a Junior Hockey team in Jamestown NY, made their final cuts Monday morning and North Royalton's Branden Walsh secured his spot on the roster. The Xpress, playing in the North American 3 Hockey League, had more than 70 participants try out for the team. Twenty-six players made the team, with players from as far as Sweden and Russia locking up spots on the roster. The team will be playing its home games at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena, with the home opener slated for Sept. 6.
"Walsh made it off merit and earned it- we were happy to offer him a contract," Xpress coach Rylan Galiardi said. "He fit the mold as far as the culture we want to set here- If you don't have work ethic and character, you can't play for us."
Walsh, a 2014 North Royalton High School graduate, played his four high school years with the North Royalton Bears Hockey team- a USA Hockey High School Varsity program. "Branden's impact on the North Royalton hockey program has been huge; in his 4 years on the team we have won 105 games, been to the USA Hockey Ohio State Championships 3 times and just last year placed in the top 8 at the USA Hockey High School National Championships," said Bears coach Jeff McCarthy. McCarthy added, "It will be an odd feeling for me this year as this will be my 5th season behind the bench for North Royalton and my first without Walsh, he will most definitely be missed as a leader off the ice as well as for his on ice production."
Walsh has been the Bears most prolific scorer in team history and holds team records in career goals (134), career assists (160) and career points (294).
North Royalton Post News Article- Click HERE
Tuesday, August 26
North Royalton teammates, Schmitt and Bogdan, to play for the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
The Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, a Junior Hockey team in the North American 3 Hockey League have signed Aaron Schmitt and AJ Bogdan for the upcoming 2014-15 season. The Jr. Jacks are coming off a great season where they earned a playoff berth and battled hard in the NA3HL playoffs falling to Flint in the quarterfinals. The Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks play their home games at the Cleveland Heights Community Center Ice Arena in Cleveland Heights, OH and will kick off their 2014/15 season on the road against the Metro Jets in Lakeland, MI.
Schmitt, last season's Captain, played three seasons for North Royalton and ranks 2nd on the Bears all-time scoring list in career goals (64), assists (78) and total points (142). "Aaron stepped up big time for us last season and exceeded our expectations, his development over the last three years has been remarkable- It's never easy to lose a character guy like Aaron," said Bears Coach Jeff McCarthy.
Bogdan, a Bear for two seasons finished his North Royalton career with 67 points, 42 coming during his Senior season where he netted 21 goals and picked up 21 assists. "Every team needs an AJ, he is a versatile player that can play anywhere on ice in any situation," remarked McCarthy. The Bears coach added, "If he can keep his focus, he will no doubt be an impact player for the Jacks."
Tuesday, April 8
Four Bears recognized at end of year banquet; receive special honors.
Congratulations to the following players- Michael Dzoba and Tyler Roesch for being named North Royalton Hockey's 2014 Most Valuable Player(s)- Christian Fernandez for being awarded North Royalton Hockey's 2014 Rookie of the Year Award- and Logan Kieklak for being awarded North Royalton Hockey's 2014 7th Player Award.
NR Hockey- 2014 Awards:
2014, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER(s): #19, MICHAEL DZOBA/ #33, TYLER ROESCH This award is bestowed upon the best performing player judged to be the most valuable to his team by his teammates and coaches. All positions are eligible to this award as are players from any grade level. This award can be easily summed up as, “This is the player whom is the most valuable to the North Royalton Bears Hockey Team”.
2014, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: #18, CHRISTIAN FERNANDEZ This award is given "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition for the North Royalton Bears.” This player does not necessarily need to be a freshman but to be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played more than one additional season at the Varsity level for another organization. This player does not to have the most goals, assists or points; this player simply needs to stand out in all categories among their fellow rookies.
2014, 7TH PLAYER AWARD: #28, LOGAN KIEKLAK This award is given annually to the player who has exceeded the expectations of his teammates and the coaching staff. This player is not necessarily the most improved player during the course of the season, rather he is the player who has played above and beyond expectations consistently throughout the season in practices and games. This individual can be defined as the player who pulled on his sweater and did the dirty work that wouldn't always show up in the box score, but always won the respect of his opponent, teammates and coaches.
Also, a very special congratulations Branden Walsh, North Royalton High School Hockey's All-Time Leading Scorer. Branden, a 4 year member of the North Royalton Bears High School Hockey team, holds the school record for goals (134), assists (160) and points (294).
Great job, boys.
Wednesday, April 2
Bears fall in quarterfinals; finish in top 8 at Nationals.
North Royalton hockey has a lot to be proud of this season; the Bears finished the season as the USA Hockey, Ohio State High School Championship Runner-Up, placed in the top 8 at the 2014 USA Hockey, High School Hockey National Championships and won a team best 37 games this season.
North Royalton qualified for Nationals as a result of their solid play in the USA Hockey, Ohio High School State Championships where they placed second, falling to the Jackson Polar Bears in the State Championship game, 1-0. The National tournament featured the top 32 USA Hockey High School Varsity teams from across the country battling for the National Championship. The tournament featured 8 different pools of 4 teams each with every team playing a 3 game round robin within its own pool. North Royalton’s pool included Stoneman Douglas HS (FLA), Alton HS (MO) and Lake Central HS (IN).
The Bears kicked off their week at the National Championships with an embarrassing, 8-2, loss to Stoneman Douglas (FLA) Eagles on Wednesday, March 26th. “It was our worst performance in quite some time” said North Royalton head coach Jeff McCarthy. “Sadly, we just looked happy to have been invited.” The Bears found themselves trailing 3-0 after the opening frame but managed to get on the board early in the 2nd when Branden Walsh buried a Michael Dzoba feed; also assisting on the goal was Aaron Schmitt. In picking up the helper, Dzoba eclipsed the 100 point mark on the season- a feat that Walsh had accomplished just a few games earlier. The Bears didn’t seem to gain any momentum with their score as they surrendered three more Eagles goals before adding another one of their own- Walsh again scored with assists being awarded to Dzoba and freshman, Logan Kieklak. The Bears entered the final period trailing 6-2 and showed little fight giving up two more Stoneman Douglas goals.
North Royalton looked like a new group in their 2nd game of the tournament on March 27th, settling in and defeating the Alton (MO) Redbirds, 6-2. The Bears took the early lead when Branden Walsh scored his third of the tourney, this one on the power play, assisted by Steven Vinyard and Aaron Wynbrandt. The Redbirds evened the score at one apiece midway through the 1st period only to see the Bears take a lead they would never give back as Walsh beat the Alton keeper back door assisted by Michael Dzoba. The Bears took a 2-1 lead into intermission and came out flying in the middle period scoring the next two goals. Angelo Nero buried the Bears 3rd goal of the game from the slot assisted by Timmy Orlosky and AJ Bogdan and Michael Dzoba deposited the Bears 4th goal assisted by Walsh. Alton scored late in the period to cut the lead to two entering the break. North Royalton came out in the final period with purpose and scored two more to extend their lead to 6-2. Aaron Wynbrtandt crashed the net hard and was rewarded for his efforts tapping home a Dzoba feed, also assisting on the goal was Walsh and AJ Bogdan capped off the scoring for the Bears with just two minutes to play in the game assisted by Nero.
The Bears needed two things to happen on day three, March 28th; a win in their 3rd game of pool play and an Alton win over Stoneman Douglas to clinch the pool and make it to the quarter finals; they got both! The Bears left little doubt that their opening game loss was a fluke defeating the Lake Central (IN) Indians, 6-1. “We picked a good time to execute on the power play, we struggled all year with the man advantage but not today” said Coach McCarthy referencing the fact that all six of the Bears goals were scored on the power play. Michael Dzoba scored the Bears first goal assisted by Aaron Schmitt and Steven Vinyard and Schmitt added North Royalton’s 2nd goal with assists being awarded to AJ Bogdan and Branden Walsh. Schmitt’s goal was his 100th point of the season putting him with his linemates Branden Walsh and Michael Dzoba as the only three Bears in North Royalton hockey history to eclipse the century mark in a single season. The Bears put the game away in the middle frame scoring four times to take a commanding 6-0 lead into the final period. Branden Walsh scored the Bears 3rd goal assisted by Dzoba and the 4th goal assisted by Dzoba and Angelo Nero. Timmy Orlosky scored the Bears 5th, tapping home a Nero rebound, also assisting on the goal was freshman, Christian Fernandez. Nero capped the Bears scoring at six with less than a minute to play scoring a beauty assisted by Dzoba and Jeremy Gripp. North Royalton did their part, defeating Lake Central, but still needed some help and thankfully they got it as Alton scored nine times to defeat Stoneman Douglas, 9-7.
The Bears as a result of their win and a Stoneman Douglas loss clinched their pool and a berth in the quarterfinals where they would face off against the Des Moines (IA) Oak Leafs. The Bears took to the ice on March 29th for their quarterfinal matchup falling, 6-1, to the Des Moines (IA) Oak Leafs. “We have nothing to hang our heads about, we went further than any team from our home state and lost to arguably the deepest team we have played all season” said Coach McCarthy after the loss. The Bears hung tough for most of the game thanks in large part to their senior tender, Tyler Roesch, who led the tournament in shots against and saves made. In regards to his keeper, McCarthy beamed, “without Tyler, we’re not here- it’s that simple- Tyler stepped up big time, his performance throughout States and now Nationals makes him MVP of our club- no doubt about it.” Scoring the lone goal for North Royalton was senior Branden Walsh, his goal putting him in a tie for 1st on the Nationals leaderboard for goals and tied for 3rd in points with 10 tallied in the tournament.
The Bears finish the 2013-14 season, their most successful season in team history, with an overall record of 37-19-1.
Monday, March 24
USA Hockey High School Nationals Schedule Released
2014 USA Hockey High School Nationals schedule released, the North Royalton Bears will play:
3/26/14 7:30pm CDT v. Stoneham Douglas (FLA)
3/27/14 1:00pm CDT v. Alton (IL/MO)
3/28/14 9:30am CDT v. Lake Central (IN)
3/29/14 Quarterfinals and Semifinals
3/30/14 National Championship Game
For those not making the trip to Omaha, you can still watch your Bears- all games will stream live at Fast Hockey (http://usahockey.fasthockey.com/login.php) - you will need to create a username and password and there will be a charge for the game ($8/game).
Monday, March 24
Bears qualify for Nationals, will represent Ohio in Omaha, NE March 26-30th
The North Royalton Bears Ice Hockey team has earned a spot in the 2014 USA Hockey High School National Championships in Omaha, NE.
The Bears have proudly accepted their invitation and will represent the state of Ohio, along with the Jackson Polar Bears, at Nationals the week of March 26-30th. The tournament features the top 32 USA Hockey High School Varsity teams from across the country battling for the National Championship. The tournament will feature 8 different pools of 4 teams each with every team playing a 3 game round robin within its’s own pool. North Royalton will play on Wednesday, March 26th, Thursday, March 27th and Friday, March 28th against each team in their pool. The winner of each pool plays in a quarter final game in the morning of Saturday, March 29th with the winner of that game advancing an Saturday evening semi-finals match-up. The championship game will be held on Sunday, March 30th at 9:00am.
For more information; please visit http://nationals.usahockey.com/page/show/998787-high-school-boys-varsity
Tuesday, March 11
7 Bears earn honors; selected to represent North Royalton at 2013-14 NCHSHL All-Star Game.
The North Royalton Bears would like to congratulate the following players for being selected to represent the North Royalton Bears at the 2013-14 North Coast High School Hockey League All-Star Game which will be played Sunday, April 6th at 4:00pm at Iceland USA.
North Royalton Bears All-Star Selections: AJ Bogdan #8-Forward, Steven Vinyard #14-Defenseman, Michael Dzoba #19-Forward, Aaron Schmitt #21-Forward, Branden Walsh #22-Forward, Angelo Nero #24-Forward, and Tyler Roesch #33-Goaltender.
Well done, gentlemen.
Monday, March 10
North Royalton tops Westerville in Semifinals; fall to Jackson in State Championship Game.
The North Royalton Bears fell to the Jackson Polar Bears, 1-0, in the Ohio, USA Hockey High Varsity Championship Game on Sunday March 9th at Gilmour Academy. The two teams treated the crowd to a high paced, defensive showdown with Jackson netting the lone goal of the game midway through the opening period. The story of the game was the two team’s goaltenders with North Royalton’s Tyler Roesch (Buckeye Cup State Tournament MVP) stealing the spotlight stopping 33 of the 34 shots he faced, 18 in the 2nd period alone.
The Ohio, USA Hockey Varsity State Tournament (Buckeye Cup) features the top 4 teams in each region: Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland playing one another for the State Championship. The four teams representing the Cleveland at the tournament were the Riverside Beavers, Medina Bees, Jackson Polar Bears and the North Royalton Bears.
The twelve teams were reduced to four for the semifinal round; North Royalton v. Westerville in one matchup and Jackson v. North East Columbus in the other semifinal game. Jackson defeated NE Columbus 5-2 in their match-up and North Royalton defeated Westerville 2-1 in an overtime thriller that needed a shootout to determine the winner. North Royalton’s Branden Walsh scored the lone goal in the 5 round shootout and the Bears keeper, Tyler Roesch, stopped all 5 shooters he faced.
North Royalton finishes their 2013-14 season as the Ohio, USA Hockey Varsity State Championship Runner Up boasting an overall record of 35-17-1.
Saturday, March 8
Bears soar past Comets; defeat Mason 5-0.
The North Royalton Bears soared by the Mason Comets, 5-0, in their 3rd game of the Buckeye Cup State Championship Tournament. AJ Bogdan scored the first two goals for the Bears, one in the 1st assisted by Timmy Orlosky and one in the 2nd assisted by Jeremy Gripp. North Royalton’s offense woke up in the final period netting three scores ; Aaron Schmitt scored twice for the Bears, the third and fifth goal and Branden Walsh notched North Royalton’s fourth goal. Tyler Roesch continued his tournament play between the pipes for the Bears stopping all 28 shots he faced. The win, the Bears 34th of the season, propels the Bears into their semi-final matchup with the Westerville Warcats.
Saturday, March 8
Bears sneak past the Generals; defeat Newark 2-1 in Buckeye Cup play.
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Newark Generals, 2-1, in their 2nd game of the 2014 Buckeye Cup State Championship Tournament. The Bears, like in their 1st game, trailed 1-0 after the opening period but notched the equalizer in the middle frame. Timmy Orlosky scored on the power burying a great shot which beat the Generals net-minder far side; assists were awarded to Michael Schlegel and Angelo Nero. The two teams entered the 3rd tied at one apiece and it stayed that way until midway through the period when Aaron Schmitt netted the game winner while shorthanded; assists were awarded to Branden Walsh and Steven Vinyard. Tyler Roesch was solid again for the Bears stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced. The Bears overall record improves to 33-16-1 with the win, a mark they will look to improve upon when they face off against the Mason Comets in Game 3 of the Buckeye Cup Tournament.
Saturday, March 8
Bears open Buckeye Cup with a win; defeat Lakota East 3-2.
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Lakota East Thunderhawks in game 1 of the 2014 Buckeye Cup State Championships. The Bears trailed 1-0 after the 1st period but tied the score midway through the middle period when Aaron Wynbrandt won an offensive zone faceoff, walked the defenseman and beat the keeper with a nifty shot. North Royalton took a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd when Michael Dzoba took a pass from Branden Walsh and buried the puck, Aaron Schmitt also was credited for an assist on the score. Lakota wouldn’t go away and knotted the game at two apiece with just over 5 minutes remaining however the Bears responded just a minute later when Aaron Schmitt knocked home the rebound of an Angelo Nero blast. Tyler Roesch played solid between the pipes for North Royalton stopping 18 of the 20 Thunderhawks shots he faced. The win, the Bears 32nd of the year, sets a new club record for wins in a single season topping the previous mark set by the 2010-2011 Bears.
Friday, February 28
Bears fall to Riverside; eliminated from NCHSHL playoffs.
The North Royalton Bears were eliminated from the North Coast HS Hockey League (NCHSHL) playoffs falling, 3-2, to the Riverside Beavers on February 27th. The opening period was evenly matched however the Bears found themselves trailing by two entering the middle period. The Bears finally found the back of the net when Branden Walsh got the Bears within one, smacking home a Michael Dzoba rebound- also assisting on the goal was Jeremy Gripp. North Royalton continued to battle and netted the game tying goal with just over four minutes remaining; Michael Dzoba’s score tied the game at two with assists being awarded to Walsh and Aaron Schmitt. The score didn’t remain tied for long however as Riverside popped in the game winner just a minute after Dzoba’s goal.
North Royalton will look to put their recent inconsistent play behind them as they prepare for the Buckeye Cup State Championships which will be held at Gilmour Academy March 7-9th. North Royalton (31-16-1) will be a #4 seed in the Buckeye Cup and will face off against the Lakota East Thunderhawks, Newark Generals and Mason Comets in their tournament games.
Thursday, February 27
Bears melt the Freeze; top Great Lakes 7-0.
The North Royalton Bears skated past the Great Lakes Freeze, 7-0, on February 25th to advance to the quarter finals of the North Coast High School Hockey League playoffs. The Bears started slowly scoring only one goal in each the 1st and 2nd periods; both goals were scored by Aaron Schmitt with Michael Dzoba and Branden Walsh assisting on both. North Royalton’s offense came alive in the final period as the Bears netted five goals. Schmitt completed his hat trick with his line mates, Walsh and Dzoba, once again picking up the helpers. The next goal was scored by Branden Walsh assisted by Schmitt and Dzoba, besides being the Bears 4th goal of the game it was also Walsh’s team leading 100th point of the season. Walsh, not to be outdone by Schmitt, added the next two goals for a hat trick of his own- his second goal was assisted by Schmitt and Aaron Wynbrandt and his third goal was assisted by Preston Vinyard and Logan Kieklak. Angelo Nero capped off the scoring for the Bears redirecting a Christian Fernandez shot; also picking up an assist on the Nero goal was Timmy Orlosky. Senior net minder, Tyler Roesch, picked up his 19th win on the year and 4th shutout with a 17 save performance.
Monday, February 24
Bears split games in opening weekend of NCHSHL Playoffs; beat Wooster, fall to Medina.
The North Royalton Bears opened up the 2013/14 North Coast High School Hockey League playoffs against the Wooster Oilers on Saturday February 22nd with an 8-0 victory. The win, the Bears 30th of the season, featured 8 goals scored by just four goal scorers. Branden Walsh (3G, 3A) led all scorers with three goals, Michael Dzoba (2G, 2A) and Aaron Wynbrandt (2G) each had a pair and Dylan Kovach (1G) added a solo tally. Several North Royalton players picked up assists; Aaron Schmitt picked up four helpers, Preston Vinyard picked up two assists while Timmy Orlosky, Steven Vinyard, Christian Fernandez, Peyton Matthews and goaltender- Marc Silver all contributed a single assist.
North Royalton faced off against the Medina Bees in game two of the NCHSHL playoffs on Sunday, February 23rd falling to Medina 7-0. The Bears showed well in the 1st period, skating hard and keeping pace however penalty late in the period proved costly as Medina took the 1-0 lead scoring on the power play. North Royalton struggled mightily in the middle period giving up five Medina scores, three in a 52 second span to start the period. The loss sends the Bears into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination playoff where they will meet the Great Lakes Freeze on Tuesday, February 25th in Mentor at 830pm.
Tuesday, February 18
Bears fall in semi-final game of President's Day Tournament, lost to Medina 5-0.
The North Royalton Bears fell to the Medina Bees, 5-0, in the semi-final game of the Rock and Roll Cup, President’s Day Tournament on February 17th at Gilmour Academy. North Royalton seemed to lack their normal energy and Medina took advantage scoring four 1st period goals and one in the middle frame. The Bears will look to get back on track next weekend when they open up against the Wooster Oilers in the North Coast HS Hockey League playoffs on Saturday, February 22nd at 5pm in Mentor.
Monday, February 17
Bears win pair, advance to Rock and Roll Cup Semifinal game.
The North Royalton Bears played a pair in the Hockey Time- President’s Day Tournament on Sunday, February 16th winning both. The two wins advance the Bears to the semi-finals while improving their overall record to 29-13-1.
The Bears played the Beaver County, Midget U18 A team in the early game defeating the Badgers 4-2. North Royalton got on the board two times in the opening period, both goals were scored by Aaron Schmitt; Jeremy Gripp assisted on Schmitt’s first goal and Michael Schlegel and Christian Fernandez were credited with helpers on the second score. Just over two minutes after the Badgers cut the Bears lead to one midway through the 2nd period, Aaron Schmitt took a Branden Walsh feed and buried a brilliant shorthanded goal for his third of the game; also picking an assist on the goal was Michael Dzoba. The line of Walsh, Schmitt and Dzoba connected again with Dzoba scoring midway through the 3rd to give the Bears a three goal lead. The Badgers added a late goal to reduce North Royalton’s lead to two but couldn’t get any closer thanks to strong net minding from Marc Silver.
North Royalton scored early and often against Northern Kentucky, downing the Norse 7-1. The Bears got three goals in each the 1st and 2nd periods and exchanged goals with Northern Kentucky in the 3rd. Jeremy Gripp got the Bears started blasting a shot from the point past the Norse keeper; assists were awarded to Aaron Schmitt (1G/2A) and Steven Vinyard. Branden Walsh (3G/1A) was next tapping home a Schmitt pass followed by Schmitt getting one of his own burying a Michael Dzoba (1G/2A) feed. Dzoba scored the Bears 4th goal of the game finishing a great feed from Michael Schlegel (2A). Walsh got his 2nd of the game assisted by Aaron Wynbrandt and Peyton Matthews ripped home a Schlegel pass for the Bears final goal of the middle frame. Northern Kentucky scored their lone goal midway through the 3rd only to have it answered by Walsh who scored unassisted for his 3rd of the game. Tyler Roesch played well between the pipes for the Bears picking up his 17th win of the season.
Sunday, February 16
Bears top Bandits, 5-0, in tournament play.
The North Royalton Bears defeated the London Bandits, 5-0, in the opening round of the Hockey Time President’s Day Tournament. The Bears offensive attack was led by senior Michael Dzoba who netted three goals earning a hat trick for the 2nd straight game. North Royalton also got goals from Peyton Matthews and Angelo Nero. Tyler Roesch played solid between the pipes for the Bears stopping all 30 shots faced for the win helping the Bears improve to 27-13-1 overall in the process.
Monday, February 10
Bears win pair over weekend, improve record to 26-13-1.
The North Royalton Bears played two this past weekend facing off against the Fremont Ice Wolves in league play on February 8th and the Ft. LeBoeuf Bisons in an exhibition game on February 9th.
North Royalton played Fremont on Saturday, in league play, defeating the Ice Wolves 4-0. The win improved the Bears North Coast High School Hockey League record to 12-4 and helped them secure a top 4 seed come playoffs. Dylan Kovach got the scoring started, early in the 1st period, assisted by Michael Schlegel & Preston Vinyard and Timmy Orlosky scored, late in the 1st, assisted by the same pair. The Bears got a pair of goals in the middle frame as well; Garry Burgett scored his first of the season assisted by Schlegel and Kovach scored his 2nd of the game assisted by AJ Bogdan & James Miles. Marc Silver stopped all 14 shots he faced for his 5th shutout of the season.
The Bears defeated the Ft. LeBoeuf Bisons, 7-4, in non-league play on February 9th in Erie, PA. Michael Dzoba (3G, 2A) and Aaron Wynbrandt (3G) each scored three times for hat trick while Christian Fernandez (1G) picked up a solo score. The win improves the Bears overall record to 26-13-1.
Saturday, February 8
Bears need overtime to get past Beavers; defeat Riverside 3-2 in league play.
The North Royalton Bears squeaked past the Riverside Bears, 3-2, in league play Friday, February 7th. Riverside got on the board first, late in the 2nd period but their lead was short lived as Aarron Wynbrandt tied the game just 15 seconds later, his goal was assisted by Branden Walsh and Aaron Schmitt. Branden Walsh scored early in the 3rd assisted by Schmitt and Michael Dzoba giving North Royalton a 2-1 lead with 13:55 to play. The Bears couldn't hold the lead, giving up a breakaway goal to the Beavers with just over two minutes left on the final period and ultimately sending the game to overtime. The Bears wasted little time in the extra period as just a minute in Aaron Schmitt the game winner finishing a feed from Walsh. Tyler Roesch backstopped the Bears win stopping 28 of the 30 shots he faced. The win improves the Bears league record to 11-4 and their overall record to 24-13-1.
Tuesday, February 4
North Royalton wins battle of the Bears; defeats Jackson, 8-5, in league play.
The North Royalton Bears skated past the Jackson Polar Bears, 8-5, in league play on February 3rd. Prior to giving up 8 goals to the Bears, Jackson had shutout their opponent in 11 of their last 12 league games including a shutout against North Royalton on January 25th. After giving up an early score, the Bears evened things at one apiece when Brandon Walsh (2G/3A) scored a brilliant shorthanded goal assisted by Michael Dzoba (1G/5A). The game didn’t stayed tied for long as Jackson netted a power play goal just a minute later and took a 2-1 lead into the break.
North Royalton wasted little time bringing the score even as they netted one just 18 seconds into the middle period, a power play goal scored by Aaron Schmitt (3G/3A) with assists being awarded to Aaron Wynbrandt (2G/2A) and Walsh. Schmitt found the back of the net for his 2nd of the game just minutes later burying a nice feed from Dzoba. Jackson got the next score to even the game at three, a goal that seemingly ignited the Bears who ripped off four straight scores. Michael Dzoba scored to give the Bears a one goal lead and Wynbrandt deposited his first to extend the lead to two. Dzoba found the back of the net next only to have the goal waved off for a phantom crease violation but the Bears were not deterred as Wynbrandt added his 2nd score of the game to give North Royalton the 6-3 through the end of two periods.
Aaron Schmitt scored his 3rd goal of the game for the hat-trick when he redirected a Preston Vinyard (1A) shot with less than ten minutes left in the game to put the Bears up by four. After giving up a short-handed goal, Walsh scored on that same power-play to give the Bears their 8th goal. Jackson netted one more for their 5th goal of the game in the final minutes but couldn’t close the gap any further thanks to the solid play of Bear’s goalie Tyler Roesch.
The win improves the Bears league record to 10-4 and their overall record to 23-13-1.
Monday, February 3
Bears top Newark, 3-1, in non league play.
The North Royalton Bears earned their 22nd win of the season defeating the Newark Generals, 3-1, in non-league play on Sunday, February 2nd. North Royalton scored the 1st goal of the game, midway through the 2nd period, to take the 1-0 lead. Michael Dzoba was responsible for the tally, a beautiful top shelf snipe, assisted by Branden Walsh and Aaron Schmitt. Dzoba added his and the Bears 2nd goal of the game with just seconds remaining in the middle period banging in a Peyton Matthews rebound. The Bears took a commanding 3-0 lead early in the final period when Aaron Schmitt ripped a shot past the Generals keeper- Schmitt’s goal, his 27th of the season, was unassisted. North Royalton’s attack slowed allowing Newark to get on the board late in the period but that’s all the offense they could muster thanks to the solid play of Marc Silver between the pipes.
Monday, February 3
NR celebrates Sr. Night, defeats Wooster in league play.
The North Royalton Bears HS hockey team celebrated their Senior Night in style on Saturday, February 1st defeating the Wooster Oilers 10-0 in league play. The Bears honored their senior class prior to the game; the team will graduate a staggering 11 seniors this spring. The Bears senior class includes two 4 year players: Angelo Nero and Branden Walsh, two 3 years players: Aaron Schmitt and Tyler Roesch, two 2 years players: AJ Bogdan and Peyton Matthews, and five players in their first season with the team: Marc Silver, Aaron Wynbrandt, Michael Dzoba, Owen Lally and Steven Vinyard.
North Royalton scored early and often scoring 10 goals in the first 40 minutes of game play and as per league rules (if at any time a team leads by 10 goals in the final period, the game ends ) the game was called. Two Bears had multiple goal games; Branden Walsh (3G, 3A) registered a hat-trick along with three helpers and fellow senior Michael Dzoba (2G, 2A) had a pair of goal along two assists. North Royalton’s other goals were scored by seniors Aaron Wynbrandt (1G, 2A), Angelo Nero (1G), Peyton Matthews (1G, 2A), Aaron Schmitt (1G, 2A) and Sophomore Dylan Kovach (1G). Senior net minders, Marc Silver and Tyler Roesch, split the minutes with Silver stopping the only shot the Bears allowed. The win improves the Bears league record to 9-4, 21-13-1 overall.
Saturday, February 1
Bears skate past Brunswick/Eyria, defeating the Blue Panthers 8-1.
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Brunswick/Elyria Blue Panthers 8-1 in league play on Wednesday, January 29th in Elyria. North Royalton’s offensive attack was spread out as the Bears scored three in the 1st, two in the middle frame and three in the 3rd period. Michael Dzoba’s strike just 28 seconds in got the scoring started assisted by Aaron Schmitt and Branden Walsh. The same trio combined for the Bears next goal, this time it was Walsh scoring with Dzoba and Schmitt picking up helpers. Angelo Nero didn’t need any help as he deposited the Bears 3rd goal of the period unassisted. The Bears scored a pair in the middle frame- Christian Fernandez scored, a power play goal, early in the 2nd period assisted by Walsh and Dzoba and AJ Bogdan found the back of the net assisted by Nero and Timmy Orlosky. Bogdan scored his 2nd of the game assisted by Nero and Michael Schlegel just over a minute into the 3rd to give the Bears a commanding 6-1 lead. Dylan Kovach added a goal, scoring the Bears 7th, assisted by Schlegel and Orlosky capped off the Bears offensive outburst assisted by Nero and Bogdan. The win, the Bears 20th of the season, improves the Bears overall record to 20-13-1.
Monday, January 27
Bears split weekend pair; falling to Jackson Saturday, defeating Great Lakes Sunday.
The North Royalton Bears were completely outplayed and soundly defeated on Saturday January, 25th,6-0, by the Jackson Polar Bears in league play . The Bears looked sluggish from the start, barely keeping pace with Jackson who outshot North Royalton 41-13 for the game. The loss drops the Bears overall record to 18-13-1 and to 6-4 in North Coast HS Hockey League play.
The Bears rebounded from their loss a day earlier earning their 19th win of the season and 7th in league play defeating the Great Lakes Freeze, 6-0, on January 26th at Iceland USA in Strongsville. The Bears waited till the middle period to net their first goal, a period that featured four North Royalton goals scored by four different players. Timmy Orlosky started the scoring burying a feed from Dylan Kovach- AJ Bogdan also earned an assist on the goal. Bogdan notched his second helper a few minutes later when he fed a brilliant pass to Jeremy Gripp who slapped it home for the goal. Michael Dzoba waiting gave the Bears the 3-0 lead just 35 seconds after Gripp's score assisted by Kovach and Christian Fernandez. Senior, Angelo Nero, capped the Bears 4 goal 2nd period scoring with just over three minutes remaining assisted by Bogdan and Cameron Megazinni. Angelo Nero added his 2nd of the game less than two minutes into the final period for the Bears 5th goal- the shorthanded tally was assisted by Orlosky. The Bears final score came from AJ Bogdan assisted by Logan Kieklak and Nero. Marc Silver played solid between the pipes for North Royalton, stopping all 11 shots faced while earning his 4th shutout of the season.
Tuesday, January 21
North Royalton falls to Olentangy Orange 4-1; place 2nd in Pioneer Classic Tournament
The North Royalton Bears spent Martin Luther King Weekend (Jan. 17-19th) in Columbus, Ohio participating in the Pioneer Classic Holiday Tournament hosted by the Olentangy Orange High School Pioneer hockey team.
The Bears opened up tournament play Friday, January 17th facing off against the tournament hosts and falling to the Orange 2-1. Olentangy got on the board first, midway through the opening period to take the early 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0, thanks in large part to the play of North Royalton’s keeper, Tyler Roesch who stopped 32 of the 34 shots faced, until early in the final period when Olentangy netted their 2nd goal of the game. The Bears didn’t wait long to reduce the Orange lead back to one when just three minutes later Brandon Walsh buried a feed from Aaron Schmitt; also picking up an assist on the goal was Preston Vinyard. The Bears nearly got the equalizer with just over a minute left but Aaron Schmitt was denied on the breakaway.
The Bears took on the Cardinals of Mentor in game two of the tournament squaring off against and beating Mentor 4-3 in the early game on Saturday, January 18th. The Bears jumped out early scoring two in the opening 5 minutes of the 1st period. Branden Walsh netted the Bears first goal assisted by Aaron Schmitt and Michael Dzoba and Cameron Megazzini scored the Bears 2nd goal assisted by AJ Bogdan and Angelo Nero. The Bears attack stalled and it was Mentor that found the net next, the Cardinals scored the next two goals, both in the 2nd period, to tie the game at two apiece. North Royalton broke the tie with just under 8 minutes remaining in the third when Michael Dzoba ripped a shot past the Mentor net minder; picking up the line assist on the goal was Christian Fernandez. Dzoba added his 2nd of the game just moments later assisted by Walsh and Schmitt. The Cardinals didn’t go quietly netting their 3rd and final goal of the game with just less than 4 minutes left but it was not enough as North Royalton held on for the one goal victory.
North Royalton faced off against the Jackson Polar Bears in their third game of the tournament, the late game on Saturday, January 18th. The Bears struggled to keep pace with Jackson through the first two periods of play and as a result they found themselves trailing the Polar Bears 3-2 entering the final period. North Royalton’s two early goals were scored by Aaron Schmitt (Walsh/Dzoba) in the 1stperiod and Angelo Nero (Gripp/Bogdan) early in 2nd period. North Royalton turned up their pace in the final period outshooting Jackson 11-4 and scoring 4 goals in the process. Michael Dzoba scored the game’s tying goal, unassisted, early in the 3rd period opening the flood gates for the Bears offensive attack. North Royalton took the lead just moments later when Aaron Schmitt scored assisted by Branden Walsh and Jeremy Gripp. Dzoba netted his 2nd of the game and of the period midway through the 3rd assisted by Walsh and Timmy Orlosky capped the Bears scoring assisted by Aj Bogdan and Angelo Nero. The Bears 6-3 win over Jackson secured their spot in the tournaments Championship game, a rematch against the Olentangy Orange.
The Bears faced off against the Olentangy Orange Pioneers for the 2nd time in three days, this time in the Championship Game on Sunday, January 19th. The Bears fell to Olentangy Orange 4-1in the Championship game with the Pioneers controlling most of the play. Tyler Roesch was a bright spot for North Royalton, the senior goaltender stopped 43 of the 47 shots he faced keeping the Bears in the game throughout. The Bears trailed 1-0 after the first, 3-0 after the second and after exchanging 3rd period goals fell 4-1 to the Pioneers. The Bear lone goal was scored by Branden Walsh assisted by Christian Fernandez and Michael Dzoba.
Tuesday, January 21
Bears improve to 6-3 in league play; defeat Vikings 8-2
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Euclid Vikings, 8-2, on January 16th in NCHSHL league action. North Royalton’s offense scored 4 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd. Michael Dzoba led the way for North Royalton scoring three times while Timmy Orlosky added a pair for the Bears and Branden Walsh, James Miles and Harrison Zeller each found the back of the net once. The win improves the Bears league record to 6-3 and 16-10-1 overall.
Monday, January 13
Bears blank Bisons; defeat Ft. LeBoeuf 7-0.
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Ft. LeBoeuf (PA) Bisons, 7-0, in a non-league game played on Sunday, January 12th at Iceland USA. The Bears offensive attack featured five different goal scorers; Branden Walsh and Angelo Nero each picked up a pair of goals while AJ Bogdan, Michael Dzoba and Aaron Schmitt found the back of the net one time. Marc Silver backstopped the Bears stopping all 21 shots faced for the shutout. The win improves the Bears overall record to 15-10-1.
Monday, January 13
North Royalton edged out by Medina; fall to Bees 2-1 in league play.
The North Royalton Bears faced off against league rival Medina in league play on Saturday, January 11th falling to the Bees 2-1. The two teams battled hard through the first two periods with both teams each having solid chances but neither being able to find the back of the net thanks to solid goaltending from both teams. The Bears net minder, Tyler Roesch, played his best game of the season for the Bears stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced. North Royalton entered the final period with the man advantage but it was Medina that struck first, scoring shorthanded just 8 seconds into the 3rd. Medina took a two goal lead midway through the 3rd period but North Royalton was able to respond just minutes later when Branden Walsh buried a brilliant feed from Michael Dzoba; Aaron Schmitt was also awarded an assist on the goal. North Royalton had thought they had the equalizer banging in a loose puck in the crease with just over four minutes left in the game only to have the goal waved off by the on ice officials. The loss drops the Bears league record to 5-3, a mark they will look to improve upon when they skate against the Euclid Vikings on January 16th at Orr Arena in Euclid.
Monday, January 6
Bears participate in Mister Spots Holiday Classic
The North Royalton Bears participated in the Bowling Green/Mister Spots Holiday Classic held December 27th-29th at Bowling Green State University.
The Bears opened play Friday evening, the 27th, against ArchBishop Moeller High School from Cincinnati and the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie. North Royalton scored goals in the 1st period (Michael Dzoba from Aaron Schmitt) and in the 2nd period (Aaron Schmitt from Dzoba and Branden Walsh) and held the 2-0 lead until just under 4 minutes remaining in the game. Moeller scored on the power play to cut the lead in half and then netted the game tying goal with just 7.5 seconds remaining in the contest.
North Royalton played two games on Saturday, December 28th dropping the first game to the tournament host and eventual tournament champion Bowling Green High School 8-2 and then losing a hard fought battle against Toledo St. Francis 4-0.
In the early game on Saturday, the Bears battled hard through the opening period and only trailed the Bobcats 1-0 at the break. The Bobcats offense exploded in the middle frame scoring four times in a 5 minute stretch. North Royalton added one of their own in the 2nd when Brandon Walsh scored shorthanded reducing the Bowling Green lead to four. The Bobcats proved too much for the Bears scoring three more in the final period against another lone goal from North Royalton (Walsh from Aaron Schmitt and Timmy Orlosky).
North Royalton faced off against Toledo, St. Francis Saturday night and despite losing 4-0 played significantly better than they did in the morning contest. Marc Silver played quite well for North Royalton stopping 29 of the 33 shots making several critical stops along the way. St. Francis netted solo goals in the 1st and 2nd periods before putting in a pair in the final frame.
The Bears played in the consolation game on Sunday, December 29th skating against the Moeller Crusaders for the 2nd time in three days. The Crusaders, who stunned the Bears scoring two goals late to earn a tie the last time the two teams faced off, wasted little time getting on the board scoring three goals in the opening 5 minutes of the contest. The Bears hung tough adding a power play goal towards the end of the opening period when Michael Schlegel redirected one past the Moeller net minder, picking up assists on the score were Angelo Nero and AJ Bogdan. The two teams each netted a pair of goals in the middle frame- North Royalton’s goals were scored by Cameron Megazzinni , assisted by AJ Bogdan, on the power play and Branden Walsh who added his 2nd shorthanded goal of the tournament. North Royalton reduced the Moeller lead to one midway through the 3rd period when Michael Dzoba netted a beautiful one timer- assisted by Walsh and Aaron Schmitt. Moeller put the game away a couple moments after Dzoba’s score adding their 6th goal and taking a two goal lead. North Royalton pressured hard but it was Moeller that hit the scoreboard yet again scoring the game’s final goal with just under two minutes remaining.
Monday, December 23
Bears stung by Bees, fall to Medina 3-0 in league play.
The North Royalton Bears fell to the Medina Bees 3-0 in NCHSHL league play on Sunday, December 22nd. The Bears played hard but struggled mightily on the Power Play going an abysmal 0-10 with the man advantage. Tyler Roesch kept things close for the Bears stopping 28 of the 31 shots he faced, many from point blank. The loss drops the Bears to 4-2 in league play and 13-6 overall; the Bears will look to get back into the win column when they travel to Bowling Green to participate in the Bobcats Holiday Tournament over Christmas break.
Monday, December 16
Bears split weekend games; fall to Riverside 4-2, rebound with 5-1 win over Wooster.
The North Royalton Bears played two NCHSHL league games this past weekend- both on the road. The Bears travelled first to Mentor to face off against the Riverside Beavers on December, 14th and then the following day headed to Wooster to battle the Wooster Oilers. In game 1, Riverside snapped North Royalton’s 8 game win streak dropping the Bears by the score of 4-2. The Bears looked sluggish in the opening minutes of the game but managed to get on the board first when AJ Bogdan knocked home Preston Vinyard’s rebound midway through the period. North Royalton held the lead going into the 2nd but struggled in the defensive zone giving up three Riverside goals in the middle period. Trailing 3-1 entering the final period, the Bears seemed to find their step as Owen Lally took a pass from Michael Schlegel and buried a nice snap shot from just over the blue line. The Bears pressed and despite out shooting the Beavers 11-6 in the 3rd couldn't notch the equalizer. Riverside sealed the game with an empty net score with just 23 seconds remaining giving them the 4-2 victory. In game 2, the Bears returned to form and downed the Wooster Oilers by the score of 5-1. Peyton Matthews started the scoring towards the end of the 1st period, burying a loose puck that was left in the crease from an AJ Bogdan shot. The Bears wasted little time, scoring just seconds into the 2nd period, when Michael Dzoba took a breakout pass from Aaron Schmitt and went the distance scoring a brilliant back hand goal. North Royalton entered the final period nursing a one goal lead after a late 2nd period Wooster goal but seemed to find their offensive touch as the Bears added three 3rd period goals. Timmy Orlosky started the 3rd period scoring assisted by Angelo Nero and Preston Vinyard, AJ Bogdan struck next with assists being awarded to Steven Vinyard and Aaron Schmitt, Schmitt then capped off the scoring with an assist being awarded to Orlosky. After splitting the weekend games, the Bears record now stands at 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the North Coast High School Hockey League. The Bears face off next, in league play, against the Medina Bees at 630pm on December 22nd at Iceland USA.
Sunday, December 8
Bears skate past Vikings; improve to 3-0 in NCHSHL.
The North Royalton Bears skated past the Vikings 12-3 in NCHSHL play on Sunday, December 08. The Bears were led by AJ Bogdan who scored 5 times and added an assist in a breakout performance- Bogdan now has 12 goals in the 11 games he’s played this season. The Bears other goals were scored by six different players- Aaron Schmitt, Owen Lally, Eric Golla, Timmy Orlosky and Dylan Kovach each had a single score while Michael Dzoba found the back of the net twice. The Bears dominated play out shooting the Vikings 55-10 and controlling special teams play going 3-3 on the power play and picking up a shorthanded tally as well. The Bears improve to 3-0 in league play and 12-4 overall with the victory.
Saturday, December 7
Bears thaw the Freeze; defeat Great Lakes 9-0 in league play.
The North Royalton Bears improved to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in NCHSHL play defeating the Great Lakes Freeze 9-0 on December 7th at Kent State University. The Bears dominated play depositing 5 goals in the opening frame, 1 in the middle and another 3 in the final period. Aaron Schmitt (4G, 1A) , Branden Walsh (1G, 4A) and Michael Dzoba (1G, 4A) led all scorers with 5 points apiece. Angelo Nero (2G), AJ Bogdan (1G/1A) and Peyton Matthews (2A) were the other Bears adding to the offense with multiple point efforts- Nero’s goal just 45 seconds into the 1st period proved to be the eventual game winner. Also hitting the score sheet with helpers were Timmy Orlosky, Cameron Megazzini, Christian Fernandez, Steven Vinyard, Jeremy Gripp and freshman, Logan Kieklak. Marc Silver provided solid play in net stopping all 7 shots faced for the shutout.
Friday, December 6
North Royalton gets the win at Quicken Loans Arena; defeats Jackson 3-1.
The North Royalton Bears edged out the Jackson Polar Bears 3-1 in non league play tonight, December 6th, at the Quicken Loans Arena. North Royalton got on the board first scoring a shorthanded goal when Owen Lally fired a shot past the Jackson keeper; assisting on the goal was AJ Bogdan. The Bears added their second goal of the opening period, with less than three minutes remaining, as Branden Walsh batted home a Michael Dzoba rebound. Jackson scored the lone goal of the middle period cutting North Royalton’s lead to 2-1 as the two teams entered the final period. North Royalton scored their 3rd and the game’s final goal, a power play goal, with just two minutes left in the contest when Aaron Schmitt tapped in a Michael Dzoba rebound; also picking up an assist on the goal was Branden Walsh. Tyler Roesch (16/17) and Marc Silver (13/13) combined for a solid effort between the pipes for the Bears.
Sunday, December 1
North Royalton defeats Riverside 5-3; wins 2013 Jr. Jacks Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl Tournament.
The North Royalton Bears are the 2013 Jr. Jacks Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl Tournament Champions. The Bears defeated the Riverside Beavers by the score of 5-3 earlier today, December 1st, in Cleveland Heights, OH to earn the title. The Bears jumped out early scoring just 16 seconds into the opening period when Cameron Megazzini buried a beautiful feed from Timmy Orlosky; Angelo Nero also picked up an assist on the goal. Riverside tied the game at a goal apiece a few minutes later however the game didn’t remain tied long as North Royalton responded scoring two goals in a 31 second span to take a two goal lead, a lead they would not relinquish. Branden Walsh netted the Bears 2nd goal, on the power play, with assists being awarded to Aaron Schmitt and Jeremy Gripp followed by Timmy Orlosky blasting a slap shot past the Riverside keeper the Bears 3rd goal. The Bears held a 3-2 lead midway through the middle frame when Michael Dzoba’s hard work earned him a rebound goal with assists given to Schmitt and Walsh. Unfortunately for the Bears, they ended the 2nd just like they did the 1st giving up a goal to Riverside in the final minutes of the period. The Bears entered the final period up 4-3 and didn’t waste time adding their 5th and final goal scoring just 90 seconds into the period. The goal was scored by Angelo Nero who set up in the slot and finished a brilliant feed from Orlosky; Megazzini also picked up an assist on the goal.
Saturday, November 30
Bears claw their way past the Wildcats, defeat Mayfield 4-0 in tournament play.
The North Royalton Bears blanked the Mayfield Wildcats on November 30th in game 3 of the 2013 Jr. Jacks Turkey Bowl Thanksgiving Tournament by the score of 4-0. Aaron Schmitt scored late in the opening period assisted by Branden Walsh and Preston Vinyard and then again early in the middle frame, this time on the power play and assisted by Michael Dzoba and Owen Lally. The Bears third and fourth goals were scored by Branden Walsh; his first was a tap in goal set up by Matt Brewer who took a pass from Steven Vinyard and then fed Walsh back door and his second was assisted by line mates Dzoba and Schmitt. Tyler Roesch (2 Periods/10 saves) and Marc Silver (1 period/6 saves) played solid in net for the Bears stopping all 16 Wildcat shots. As a result of winning all three round robin games the Bears will play in the tournament championship game tomorrow, December 1st at 1130AM in Cleveland Heights.
Saturday, November 30
North Royalton sneaks past Cleveland Heights; defeat Tigers 3-0 in Tourney Play.
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Cleveland Heights Tigers 3-0 on Friday, November 29th in game 2 of the 2013 Jr. Jacks Turkey Bowl Thanksgiving Tournament. The Bears controlled the pace of the game and despite putting 30 quality shots on goal only managed to put 3 past the Tigers net minder who played exceptionally well in the loss. The Bears scored one in the 1st period when Preston Vinyard’s shot from the blue line found the back of the net; picking up assists on the goal were Cameron Megazzini and Timmy Orlosky. The Bears offense briefly hibernated before waking back up in the final period when the Bears scored twice. Jeremy Gripp’s scored early in the 3rd, assisted by Orlosky, and Brandon Walsh’s redirect of a Michael Dzoba pass capped the scoring for North Royalton. Tyler Roesch played solid between the pipes for the Bears stopping all 17 shots he faced for his 2nd shutout of the season.
Wednesday, November 27
Bears blast Rockets; defeat Bay Village 16-0 in Tournament play.
The North Royalton Bears blasted the Bay Village Rockets in the opening game of the 2013 Jr. Jacks Turkey Bowl Thanksgiving Tournament by the score of 16-0. The game only lasted 2 periods as per tournament rules; a goal difference of 8 or more goals in the 3rd period ends the game. North Royalton’s offensive attack fired 51 shots on goal in the shortened contest and featured 6 different goal scorers. Aaron Schmitt led all scorers with 4 goals and 6 assists followed closely by his line mates Branden Walsh and Michael Dzoba. Walsh netted 3 goals and assisted on 6 others while Dzoba had a hat trick and picked up 3 assists of his own. Cameron Megazzini, Owen Lally and Timmy Orlosky all added a pair of goals to complete the goal scoring. Megazzini also had a pair of assists while Lally and Orlosky each had a single helper. Also hitting the score sheet were freshman Logan Kieklak and sophomore Michael Schlegel, each with a pair of assists, as well as Peyton Matthews and Garry Burgett who each picked up a single assist. The Bears will return to play on Friday, November 29th facing off against the Cleveland Heights Tigers in Game 2 of the tournament- puck drops in Cleveland Heights at 7pm.
Monday, November 25
Bears derail the Express; defeat Brunswick/Elyria 8-0 in league play.
The North Royalton Bears opened their 2013/14 North Coast HS Hockey League regular season with an impressive 8-0 victory over the Brunswick/Elyria (B/E) Express on November 24th at Iceland USA in Strongsville. The Bears dominated all three periods out-shooting the Express 46-7 and despite out-shooting the Express 14-3 in the opening period, the Bears couldn't find the back of the net leaving the two teams scoreless after one period of play. North Royalton kept shooting and was finally able to solve the B/E net minder in the middle frame scoring 5 times- each goal by a different goal scorer. Cameron Megazzini got the scoring started knocking in a rebound from a Timmy Orlosky blast, also picking up an assist on the goal was Angelo Nero. Nero kept the scoring going taking a breakout pass from Orlosky and going the distance slipping one through the goalies pads for the Bears 2nd tally. The Bears next three goals were scored by Branden Walsh, Michael Dzoba and Aaron Schmitt – all three goals were netted on the power play. The Bears opened the final frame like they closed the middle one, on the power play and scoring- Walsh added his 2nd goal of the evening burying a beautiful pass from Schmitt, also picking up an assist on the goal was senior defenseman- Steven Vinyard. Timmy Orlosky picked up his 3rd point of the night and 1st goal of the game scoring with just under 5 minutes left in the game for the Bears 7th goal and Aaron Schmitt tallied his 2nd goal of the game, to go with 3 assists, with less than a minute left in the game for the Bears 8th and final score. Tyler Roesch backstopped the Bears stopping all 7 shots he faced earning his 1st shutout of the season.
Monday, November 18
Bears outlasted by Beavers; lose 4-2 to Riverside.
The North Royalton Bears were defeated by the Riverside Beavers in non-league play, by the score of 4-2, on Sunday, November 17th. The Bears scored late in the opening period when AJ Bogdan buried a beautiful Aaron Schmitt pass for the only score of the 1st period. The two teams held one another scoreless in the middle frame leaving the Bears clinging to a 1-0 lead entering the final period. After Riverside tied the game at one goal apiece early in the 3rd, the Bears took a 2-1 lead when Dylan Kovach scored on the power play knocking in an Angelo Nero rebound. The final 3 minutes of the game belonged to Riverside as the Beavers scored three goals to secure the win. The Bears will hope to get back in the win column when they open regular season league play facing off against Brunswick/Elyria on November 24th at 540p at Iceland USA.
Tuesday, November 12
North Royalton loses battle of the Bears!!
The North Royalton Bears were defeated by the Jackson Polar Bears 4-2 in non-league play on Sunday, November 10th. North Royalton played a decent 1st period and a strong 3rd but poor play in the middle frame and untimely penalties proved to be their downfall. North Royalton held a 1-0 lead after the 1st period as Aaron Schmitt’s power play goal, assisted by Christian Fernandez, was the only score in the opening frame. The Bears struggled during the middle period giving up two goals and being out-shot 14-3. North Royalton’s inability to stay out of the penalty box proved costly as Jackson scored two power play goals early in the final period to take a commanding 4-1 lead. The Bears played hard over the final minutes putting 13 shots on goal but only managed to find the back of the net once. AJ Bogdan scored an unassisted goal, his 5th of the season with just under two minutes remaining. The Bears record drops to 4-3 overall on the season, they will look to rebound on November 17th when they face-off against the Riverside Beavers at 2pm in Strongsville.
Tuesday, November 5
Bears defeat Prowlers 6-2 in Non-league play!
The North Royalton Bears defeated the PRPC Prowlers in non-league play on Sunday, November 3rd by the score of 6-2 Sunday, November 3rd. North Royalton dominated PRPC, out-shooting the Prowlers 34-13, and controlling play throughout the game. Branden Walsh led all scorers with 3 goals and an assist scoring an even strength, a power play and a shorthanded goal- the shorthanded marker turned out to be the eventual game winner. Michael Dzoba, A.J. Bogdan and Dylan Kovach each netted a goal for the Bears with Dzoba adding a pair of helpers as well. The Bears will bring their 4-2 record to Canton to face off against the Jackson Polar Bears on November 10th at 3:40pm.
Monday, October 28
Bears underclassmen outclass Blue Devils!
The North Royalton Bears defeated the Brunswick Blue Devils by the score of 10-3 on Sunday, October 27th at Iceland USA in Strongsville, OH. North Royalton’s offensive attack showcased 7 different goal scorers; four sophomores and three freshman netted goals for the Bears. Sophomores, Tim Orlosky and Harrison Zeller along with freshman, Matt Brewer each had a pair of goals while sophomore, Cameron Megazzini and freshmen, Eric Golla and Christian Fernandez netted solo scores. In addition to their goals, Kovach and Megazzini each had three helpers while Orlosky had a pair of assists. Also hitting the score sheet with a pair of assists each were junior, Preston Vinyard and freshman, Jack Kozie. The Bears improved their overall record to 3-2 and will face-off next weekend against the PRPC Prowlers, November 3rd, at 5:30pm at Alice Noble Arena in Wooster, OH.
Tuesday, October 22
Bears hockey opens season playing in SMS Sports Shootout!
The North Royalton Bears Hockey team kicked off the 2013/2014 season this past weekend playing in the SMS Sports Shootout at Gilmour Academy. The Bears performed well throughout the weekend winning two of the four games played. The Bears opened up with a lopsided loss against Team Cleveland U18 Pre/Post squad on Friday evening and dropped their 2nd game of the tournament to the Jr. Jacks U18 Pre/Post team by a score of 3-1. The Bears defeated the Riverside Beavers by a score of 3-0 in their final game of the tournaments opening round, senior netminder Marc Silver stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout. The Bears picked up their 2nd win of the tournament/season in the tournaments consolation game playing and defeating Riverside again, this time by a score of 10-4. North Royalton found their scoring touch in their final game of the tournament as seniors Aaron Schmitt and Brandon Walsh each picked up hat tricks along with 3 assists while Michael Dzoba picked up a goal and 5 helpers.