Hoover Vikings: Welcome

Monday, April 24
North Canton Hoover Hockey

 Welcome to the 2016-17 Hoover Vikings

The team features 4 Juniors, 7 Sophomores, and one Freshmen.  Playing in the Blue North Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL), with Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA), Twinsburg High School, West Geauga High School,Normandy High School, Aurora High School, and Avon Lake High School .  Josh Palsa coaches the team.  Geoff Bishop, and Blake Hamilton assist him.  

All-Time Season Records:

2015-16 4-23 (2-14) (6th Place in the Blue North) 2014-15 17-9 (6-7) (4th Place White West)

2013-14 15-10-2 (6-4) (3rd Place White West) 2012-13 25-8 (13-2) (T-1st Place Blue West)*

2011-12 11-16 (7-5) (4th Place Blue East) 2010-11 12-13-2 (8-4) (3rd Place Blue North)

2009-10 10-17 (5-5) (4th Place White East) 2008-09 19-11-2 (6-2-1) (4th Place White)

2007-08 17-13 (6-4) (T-3rd Place White East) 2006-07 16-9-3 (11-0-1) (1st Place Blue East)

2005-06 16-10 (10-2) (2nd Place Blue East) 2004-05 10-11-1(6-5)(2nd Place Blue Southeast)

2003-04 14-11-1 (9-2) (2nd Place Blue Southeast) 2002-03 19-9 (7-4) (2nd Place Blue Southeast)

2001-02 10-4 (1st Year Varsity Team)

*Won Baron Cup III Title 4-3 in OT over Mayfield   

Thursday, February 7
Vikings Advance to Second Round of Baron Cup After Defeating Lakewood 3-1


After a slow start and a goal by Lakewood, the Vikings rallied and defeated the Lakewood Rangers in the first game with no Hoover penalities in 11 years! Netminder Korey Davis stopped 23 shots to hold the Rangers to one goal. Less than one minute after Lakewood put a point on the board, the Vikings scored with a goal by Zach Lawson from Brad Harcourt. Period two saw a goal from Dylan Oney from Lawson and Harcourt, and period three, another goal by Lawson, assisted by Oney and Harcourt. The win puts the Vikings in round two of the Baron Cup on Saturday at 3:00 pm as they face off against the winner of the NDCL and Parma game this afternoon. Come out and support our Vikings at the Brooklyn Ice Arena on Saturday! A win on Saturday will mean a championship game on Sunday!! GO VIKES!!!!

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Thursday, January 24

Congratulations to the Hoover Vikings Varsity Hockey Team!!  The boys took the championship game in the MLK tournament last night in Parma with a 6-3 win over Parma High School.

The game was tight with Parma scoring first in the first period.  The Vikings answered with a goal by Mike Magana, assisted by Sam Hankins and Kyle Policicchio six minutes later, bringing the score to 1-1 after the first.   Hoover scored less than 1 minutes into the second on a goal by Policicchio, assisted by Hankins and Spencer Mackert, however this time Parma answered with another goal within the next five minutes.  Brad Harcourt, assisted by Zach Lawson scored with only 25 seconds left in the second period, bringing the score to 3-2 Hoover after two.

Parma tied it up early in the third but Dylan Oney scored two consective goals, assisted by Lawson and Ben Bishop.  An empty netter by Harcourt, assisted by John Derosiers put the game away!  

The Vikings are back to league action Friday night at 5:45 at Center Ice as the face off against Avon Lake.  Come out and support our champions!!  GREAT JOB VIKINGS!!!!

Monday, January 21

A big win this morning over Holy Name JV guaranteed the Vikings a spot in the Parma MLK tournament on Wednesday night at 8:15 pm at Michael Ries Arena in Parma.

After a slow start against a tough defensive Holy Name team, Brad Harcourt got the scoring started with a goal assisted by Matt Smith and Dylan Oney.  Oney scored next, assisted by Zach Lawson and Spencer Mackert, ending the first period with a score of 2-0, Hoover. The second period saw Holy Name with only 3:24 left on the clock. 

Third period goals by Alex Zielke, assisted by Kyle Policicchio, Oney, assisted by Lawson and Alec Weber and an empty netter by Sam Hankins assisted by Oney and Lawson finished the game for a final score of 5-2.  The Vikings will square off against Parma for the championship.  GO VIKES!!!!

Sunday, January 20

After an 8-1 lead, the Vikings found themselves fighting to hang on to what had looked to be a certain victory over the CVCA Royals in the second round of the MLK Tournament in Garfield. 

The Vikings and the Royals have become bitter non-league rivals, squaring off in their second tournament of the year.  The Royals had conquered the Vikings 4-1 in the CVCA Christmas tournament, but not this time.  After a starting goal by CVCA early in the first period, North Canton came back with 7 unanswered goals and it wasn't until late in the second period that CVCA was able to put one in. 

The third period was saw five CVCA goals, bringing it to a one goal game for the last three minutes of play.  In a nail-biting last two minutes, the Vikings defense assisted excellent netminding by Korey Davis and the offensive line did an excellent job keeping the puck out of the zone. At the final buzzer, the Vikes won 9-8, moving them closer to a spot in the finals. Tomorrow's game against Holy Name JV begins at 8:30 am in Parma. If the Vikes play in the championship, the game will be Wednesday night in Parma.   

Today's Goals:  Harcourt (4), Hankins (1), Magana (1), Zielke (1), Oney (1), Lawson (1)

Today's Assists: Harcourt (3), Weber (1), Magana (1), Policicchio (2), Zielke (3), Lawson (1), Hankins (3)


Sunday, January 20

Saturday night belonged to the Vikings as they ran over the Garfield Bulldogs in an 8:30 game at Dan Kostel Arena in Parma.  Every Viking got ice time and contributed to this win, including Matt Zulewski in net with 4 saves.  Sophomore Mike Magana and Senior Bradley Harcourt had hatricks while Sophomore Kyle Policicchio had 2 goals.  Others scoring for the Vikings were Zach Lawson, John Derosiers, and Ben Bishop.  Assists were earned by Dylan Oney (2), Harcourt (4), Alec Weber, Sam Hankins (2), Nathan Murphy and Ben Bishop.

The team faces off against the CVCA Royals today at 3:30 in what has become a non-division rivalry. The Vikings then travel back to Parma on Monday morning for an 8:30 game against Holy Name JV.  If the team advances to the finals, the championship will be played on Wednesday evening at Michael Ries Arena.  GO VIKES!!!!

Friday, January 18


Excellent net minding by Aurora kept the Vikings' 56 shots on net to 4 goals, but the Hoover Vikings played tough and were determined to keep their winning streak in Friday night's contest against Aurora. Brad Harcourt started the scoring with an additional two goals scored by Dylan Oney and an unassisted beauty from defenseman Spencer Mackert. Helpers were earned by Mackert, Harcourt, Zach Lawson,and John Derosiers. Next up for the Vikes is the MLK Tournament this weekend in Parma where the team will face off against Parma, CVCA and Holy Name JV. The Vikings continue their number one position in the league at 10-1 working steadily toward a Baron Cup spot. Good Luck this weekend, Vikings, in Parma. GO VIKES!!!!

Friday, January 18
Vikings Beat Benedictine and Shut-Out Parma!

Saturday, January 12

The Vikings defeated Benedictine by a score of 7 to 2 on Saturday night at Cleveland Heights Recreation Center.  Korey Davis looked sharp in the net only letting in 2 goals from a small but tenacious Benedictine squad.  With only 8 skaters and a goalie, Benedictine played hard and gave the Vikings a great game.  

The first period saw two Hoover goals, both scored by Brad Harcourt, with assists coming from Zach Lawson, Dylan Oney and Spencer Mackert.  Five minutes into the second period, Harcourt scored again, assisted by Oney.  Benedictine answered but was shut down quickly with another Viking goal scored by Zach Lawson, assisted by John Derosiers and Dylan Oney.  With 1:34 left in the first, Alec Weber let go a slapshot to bring the score to 5 - 1 going into the third. 

Lawson scored two goals in the third, and Benedictine was only able to put one past the Hoover netminder - final score:  7-2.


Tuesday, January 15

An away game in Parma at 8:45pm brought goalie Kirk Greenho a shutout with a final score of 4-0.  A scoreless first period made Viking fans anxious, as a win in this game would bring the Vikings back into the first place position in the league.  

Fans would have to wait until just under three minutes to go in the second period before Dylan Oney put the first puck past the Parma net.  Brad Harcourt quickly followed, bringing the score to 2-0 Hoover after two.  Assists were earned by John Derosiers and Zach Lawson.  The third period saw two more goals - both from Harcourt, assisted by Dylan Oney, Zach Lawson and Alex Zielke.  Tough defensive play by Spencer Mackert and Ben Bishop contributed to the shut out along with Greenho's excellent netminding.

Next up for the Vikings is Friday night against Aurora in a league game, followed by the Parma MLK tournament this weekend featuring games against Parma. CVCA and Holy Name JV.  Come out and support our Vikings at home this Friday.  Puck drops at 5:45!



Thursday, January 10


Tuesday night, the Vikings were back on the winning track with a lopsided 12-2 victory over Avon Lake in Rocky River. Brad Harcourt had a hatrick in the first 10 minutes of the game, continuing to score two more goals and 2 assists before the end of the contest. Alex Zielke had the playmaker on Harcourts three goals. Also scoring for the Vikings were Sam Hankins (2 goals), Ben Bishop, Matt Smith (2 goals), Kyle Policicchio, and Ben Zalewski with his first varsity goal. Assists were earned by Bishop, Dylan Oney, John Derosiers, Mike Magana and Zach Lawson. The Vikings have their next game on Saturday night in Cleveland Heights at 5:00 pm. GO VIKES!!!!

Friday, December 28
Hoover Goes 3 and 1 in Christmas Tournament Winning over Elyria Catholic 7-3



The Vikings closed out the CVCA Christmas Tournament with a commanding 7-3 win over Elyria Catholic last night.  Korey Davis was tough in the net against a talented and physical Elyria Catholic squad, stopping some very hard and very well placed shots on his net. 

Brad Harcourt earned a hattrick, burying the puck for the first two goals of the game and scoring again early in the second period.  Sam Hankins, assisted by Spencer Mackert, continued the scoring, with subsequent goals by Zach Lawson from Harcourt and John Derosiers, Alex Zielke from Ben Bishop, and Dylan Oney from Brad Harcourt and Zach Lawson.  The three wins were particularly impressive, given the victories were against teams in the White Division of the Greater Cleveland Hockey League.

The Vikings enjoy some time off for the New Year, and are back on the ice on January 5th.  Happy New Year and GO VIKES!!

Thursday, December 27
All Four New Vikings Hit the Scoreboard Against Normandy


In a 12-0 victory over Normandy, the Hoover Vikings had all four new players hit the scoreboard today!  Freshmen Evan Uslick, Ben Bishop and Nathan Murphy as well as sophomore Matt Zalewski all posted points for the Vikings, with Murphy scoring his second goal in as many games!

Other Hoover players that hit the twine include Zach Lawson (1 goal, 1 assist), Spencer Mackert (2 goals, 2 assists), Brad Harcourt (2 goals), Alec Weber (2 goals), Sam Hankins (1 goal, 2 assists), Dylan Oney (1 goal, 1 assist), John Derosiers (1 goal), and Alex Zielke (1 goal, 1 assist).

The team plays Elyria Catholic tonight in the final game of the Christmas tournament.  Come out and support our Vikings at 8:30 pm at the KSU Arena.  GO VIKES!!

Wednesday, December 26
Vikings Ride Rough Over Kent Roosevelt

The Vikings came back with a vengence tonight with a 5-2 win over a tough Rough Riders team.  Kent scored first, but  5 unanswered goals followed, with some new faces on the scoreboard including Freshman Nathan Murphy.

Mike Magana started the scoring with a goal halfway into the first period on assists from Samuel Hankins and Kyle PolicchioDylan Oney scored next on assists from Zach Lawson and Brad HarcourtNathan Murphy's first high school goal came at 10:22 in the second period on an assist from Magana.  Two minutes later, Spencer Mackert scored unassisted on a slapshot from the blueline. 

The third period saw one goal from Harcourt, assisted by Mackert and Lawson.  The Rough Riders pulled the goalie with two minutes to go, trying a 6 on 4 during a Hoover penalty but were unable to bury the puck after a stellar performance from goalie Korey Davis who stopped 23 Kent shots. 

Tomorrow the Vikings face off against Normandy at 11:00 am and at 8:30 against Elyria Catholic.  Come out and support our Hoover Vikings.  GO VIKES!!

Wednesday, December 26
Vikings Fall in Chippy Tournament Game One

The Hoover Vikings took 40 shots on the CVCA net today but were only able to put one away - a goal by Sam Hankins assisted by Spencer Mackert and Mike Magana. 

In a chippy contest, the Vikings racked up penalty minutes and had a hard time getting the puck into the crease, with CVCA called for almost 20 minutes in the box.  The CVCA Christmas tournament continues tonight at 8:45 pm at KSU Arena with the Vikings facing the Kent Roosevelt Roughriders.  GO VIKES!

Wednesday, December 26
Hoover Dominates Avon in 10-2 Win

The Vikings dominated Friday's game against the Avon Purple Eagles, winning in a 10-2 shut-down Friday night.  The Vikings never allowed Avon in the game, taking an early lead with the first goal, scored by Bradley Harcourt, on assists from Dylan Oney and John Derosiers less than one minute into the first period. 

Avon scored 4 minutes later but it was all Vikings with four more goals scored by Zach Lawson on an assist by Derosiers, Sam Hankins on assists from Kyle Policchio and Alex Zielke, and Dylan Oney on an assist from Harcourt.  Halfway through the second period, Harcourt scored unassisted, followed quickly by a goal from Avon, but the rest of the game belonged to the Vikings, with goals scored by Harcourt on assists from Oney and Spencer Mackert, Oney on an assist from Harcourt, Derosiers unassisted and a final two goals by Harcourt - one unassisted and one assisted by Lawson.

The Vikings play in the Christmas Tournament this week at Kent State University with four games in two days beginning  Wednesday at 12:00 noon.  Come to KSU and support our Vikings.  GO VIKES!!!!

Wednesday, December 19
Vikings Continue Winning Streak!

The Vikings are 5 wins and 0 losses on the season with their next game scheduled for this Friday night against Avon at Center Ice.

With games against Cleveland Heights (6-2), Avon (9-6), Olmsted Falls (10-5), Parma (5-4) and Midview (7-3) under their belts, the team is looking forward to a successful season!  Scoring leaders are Dylan Oney with 22 points, Zach Lawson, with 20 points and Brad Harcourt with 18 points.  Many other players are on the board with goals and assists including Sam Hankins, Alec Weber, Spencer Mackert, Kyle Policicchio, John Derosiers, Matt Smith, Ben Bishop, Mike Magana and Alex Zielke.

The Vikings will compete in a holiday tournament at Kent State University Ice Arena on December 26 and 27.  Come out and support the team this Friday, December 21 against Avon at home at 5:30!  GO VIKES!!!!

Monday, December 3
Vikings Open Season with a Win!

The Vikings opened their regular season with a 9 - 6 win against Avon at North Olmsted on Saturday night!

After a disappointing first goal scored by Avon, the Vikings came back to tie the game mid-way through the first period with a beautiful backhanded goal scored by Spencer Mackert on an assist from Ben Bishop.  Avon scored again 40 seconds later, but the Vikings scored two goals in rapid succession - the first by Dylan Oney who found the back of the next on a quick wrister and the second by Zach Lawson, both assisted by Brad Harcourt.

Avon answered with two goals in the last minute of the first period and one just a minute and a half into the second, but the rest of the game belonged to Hoover.   Harcourt's goal on an assist from Lawson early in the second started a string of North Canton goals, with sophomores Lawson and Oney each earning hattricks in the contest, and Harcourt, Lawson and Oney earning 5, 6 and 5 points respectively before the final horn.  Defensemen John Derosiers and Ben Bishop each earned points for an assist apiece in the second and third periods.  

Next up for the Vikings is Saturday at home at 3:40 pm at Center Ice against Parma. Come out and support the team! 


Monday, November 19
Vikings Open Pre-Season with Strong Showing!

The Hoover Vikings opened the pre-season with strong showings against Kent Roosevelt, Gilmour Academy and Benedictine. 

In Friday night's home game against Kent, the Vikings got off to a slow start but won two out of three periods against this White Division team.  On Sunday, the team traveled first to Gilmour Academy to play against a combination team of Gilmour's Varsity A and B squads, with a hard-fought 2-0 loss.  Later that afternoon in Cleveland Heights, the team took on Benedictine, a team that they will meet during the regular season, winning two periods and tying one, with all three goalies seeing net time.

The team competes this weekend in the Parma Thanksgiving Tournament, with the first game at 12:45 pm against Shaker at Ries Arena in Parma.


Saturday, November 12
200 Fans Pack Center Ice for Hoover-Jackson Scrimmage

More than 200 fans packed Center Ice Arena last night to watch the Hoover Vikings scrimmage the Jackson Polar Bears.  In a game riddled with penalities, Hoover was only able to squeeze one puck past Jackson's netminder in the second period of play. 

Period one went scoreless with Kirk Greenho in net until there was 1:23 left of play.  Tough defense kept Jackson to only five shots.  The Vikings scored first in the second period only 3 minutes into play, with Zach Lawson on a beautiful, unassisted top shelf goal.  That goal was answered by Jackson seven minutes later, and then again with only 3:50 left in the period, leaving the Vikings down 2-1 in period two.  Goalie Korey Davis stopped seven shots from the Bears.

The third period saw more offensive action from Jackson, with 14 shots on net, and 3 goals scored.  Hoover's offense was kept to only 3 shots which weren't enough to allow a point. 

Next up for Hoover is a game versus the Mighty Barons Sled Hockey team on Friday, November 18th at 5:50 at Center Ice, followed by a trip to Gilmour Academy on Saturday to play Gilmour's Varsity B team at 3:00 pm.  GO VIKES!!

Saturday, November 5
Hoover Vikings Scrimmage Wooster!

The Hoover Vikings had their first pre-season scrimmage today against Wooster Club, with tight scores in all three periods.

The Vikings scored first in the first period of play, less than one minute into the game, with Chaz Gordish burying the puck on a pass from John Derosiers.  Wooster came back to score two minutes later, but that goal was answered by Bradley Harcourt's short-handed, unassisted goal less than one minute later.  That goal proved to be enough to give Hoover the win in the first period, with netminder Kirk Greenho playing tough in the net.

In second period play, the Vikings went scoreless even though the Wooster squad racked up 8 minutes in penalties. Goalie Korey Davis held Wooster to only two goals with his first net appearance.

The third period saw Hoover in the penalty box twice, with the lone Viking goal coming 4 minutes into the period.  Although the official scoresheet shows Preston Mackert scoring unassisted, it looked to those of us watching that the goal was scored by defenseman Zach Lawson on a pass from Mackert.

Next up for the Vikings is Jackson next Friday at Center Ice.

Thursday, November 3
Hoover Vikings Set to Kick Off Pre-Season with Scrimmage Against Wooster

The Hoover Vikings are set to kick off their pre-season this Saturday, November 5th in a scrimmage against Wooster.  The puck drops at 3:40 pm at Center Ice!

The Vikings welcome back 11 returning lettermen, and welcome 9 new players to their varsity roster.  The team has been preparing for the season since August with Captains' workouts, ice sessions and skill and agility training.  With more than 30 games scheduled including tournaments, the Vikings will have a busy fall and winter season with competitive play in the newly aligned Blue Division of the GCHSHL. 

 Come out and support our Vikings this Saturday!  GO VIKES!