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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.


Sunday, February 19

The Vikings gave a great effort against top-ranked Gilmour Academy on Friday night in the second round of the District Playoffs. Although the score was 11-1, the Vikes battled into the third period, with the Viking goal scored in the second, by Preston Mackert, with assists credited to John Derosiers and Alec Weber. Goalie Kirk Greenho gave a tremendous effort, saving 33 of 44 shots on the net. The Vikings were limited to 11 shots on the Gimour net, but played strong offense and defense in a penalty-free game.

The team will miss its seniors Chaz Gordish, Dan Murphy, Parker Adams, Cole Bukowy and Shane Saba. Thanks for your commitment to the team, excellent play and contribution to a strong season.  GO VIKES!!

Wednesday, February 15


A Valentine's Day victory for the Vikings with a win over West Geauga saw several players with multiple goals and assists.  Netminder Korey Davis had another shut-out and Shane Saba, Brad Harcourt, Spencer Mackert and Preston Mackert all had two goals.  Other goals were scored by Johnny Derosiers, Daniel Murphy, Zach Lawson, and Chaz Gordish. Assists were logged by Saba,Gordish, Cole Bukowy, Zach Lawson, Preston Mackert, Daniel Murphy, and Matt Smith. 

Next up for the Vikings is the second game against Gilmour Academy on Friday night at 6:00 pm at Kent State.  A win would mean continued play, a loss would bring the Vikings' season to a close.  GO VIKES!!

Friday, February 10


The Vikings are gearing up for the OHSAA District Tournament beginning Tuesday, February 14th.  After a disappointing 8-0 loss against Cleveland Heights last Friday, the team has regrouped and is ready to take on West Geauga on Valentine's Day at 6:00 pm at the Kent State Ice Arena.  A win against Geauga would mean another game against second-seeded Gilmour Academy on Friday, February 17th at 6:00 pm at Kent.  GO VIKES!!!!

Monday, January 30


Sunday's game against Chagrin Falls was the win needed for the Vikings to advance to the Baron Cup.  Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.  With one goal scored in the first period by Bradley Harcourt, assisted by Shane Saba, the Vikings were able to make 29 shots on net, but were unable to get the puck past the netminder, with several shots coming close. 

The team spent a good portion of the game playing keep away from the Tigers who had strong defense in position after their loss to the Vikings earlier this season, and needed a win for their spot in Baron Cup play. Kirk Greenho stopped 26 of the 29 shots on his net, looking tough and playing hard.  The Vikings meet the Cleveland Heights Tigers on Friday at 8:45 pm in Cleveland Heights for the last league game of the season.  GO VIKES!!!!

Saturday, January 28


Our Viking seniors were the top performers in the Hoover 20-0 win over Nordonia this afternoon. Seniors Chaz Gordish, Parker Adams, Daniel Murphy, Shane Saba and Cole Bukowy were honored with their parents before the game, and recognized for their commitment and contribution to Hoover Hockey.

During the game, Murphy scored a hattrick, Gordish had 2 goals and 2 assists, Saba rang up 2 goals and 2 assists, Bukowy scored a goal and an assist and Adams contributed a goal in the first period. The Viking's other goals were scored by Mike Magana, Matt Smith, Sam Hankins, Preston Mackert, Brad Harcourt, Dylan Oney and Zach Lawson . Many of those players helped with assists and in addition, Alex Zielke and Spencer Mackert chipped in an assist each. Goaltender Korey Davis had another shutout in the net.

The Vikings need to put this win behind them and focus on a very important game tomorrow night against Chagrin Falls at the Pond to qualify for the Baron Cup. GO VIKES!!!!

Monday, January 23

Monday, January 23


Two league games this weekend against CVCA and Aurora ended with a big win against Aurora on Sunday night at the Pond. 

In Friday nights' game against CVCA at Center Ice, the ending score of 8-2 in favor of the Royals was a disappointing end to the follow-up of an 8-7 OT loss on Wednesday night in Parma.  The Vikings' two goals came from Brad Harcourt and Chaz Gordish (assisted by Shane Saba), both scored in the first period of play.  Despite an almost even number of shots on net (26 for Hoover, 23 for CVCA), the Vikings were unable to get the puck past the Royal's netminder.

Sunday night's game against Aurora went scoreless for both teams through the second period, with excellent netminding on both ends of the ice.  A focused Viking squad took the ice in the third, determined to score.  After good teamwork and puck movement down the ice, Preston Mackert was able to find the back of the net unassisted.  Two more unassisted goals followed, the first by Brad Harcourt with a shot from the point, and the second by Zach Lawson with a glove-side top shelf.  Mackert and Lawson continued the party, with Mackert scoring on a pass from Lawson, and Lawson scoring on a pass from Mackert.  Kirk Greenho had another shut-out performance net.

Next up for the Vikings is Nordonia at home on Saturday at 3:40 pm.  The team will also be honoring the seniors and their parents before the game.  Plan to attend to support our Hoover Vikings!!!!  GO VIKES!!!!

Friday, January 20


The Vikings have everything to be proud of with their second place finish in last weekend's Parma Tournament.  Wednesday night, when the team met with CVCA in the Championship game, our boys came out strong, played hard and kept the score neck-in-neck, forcing overtime play. 

The Vikings scored the first goal of the game, with Brad Harcourt assisted by Shane Saba placing a great top shelf shot behind the goalie.  CVCA scored two quick goals just minutes later in the first period, but Hoover answered with a goal by Saba assisted by Harcourt and Derosiers.  The second period began with another Harcourt-Saba goal, this time assisted by Chaz Gordish.  Dan Murphy was next to the net, assisted by Zach Lawson and Spencer Mackert.  With three minutes left in the second period, Gordish scored, assisted by Saba and Alec Weber.  CVCA answered with a goal with 40 seconds left in the period, bringing the score to 5-5 after the second. 

Things looked grim, with the score moving to 7-5, CVCA early in the third, but then an unassisted rocket from Zach Lawson and another Harcourt goal assisted by Preston Mackert, tied the score at 7-7 by the end of the 3rd.  5:43 into overtime, CVCA skated past the Vikings to win the tournament, with our fans cheering our boys efforts, and feeling proud of their sportsmanship and tough play.  Thank you, boys, for a great game!

Monday, January 16


After a rough start on Saturday with a loss against Brunswick, the Vikings came back strong on Sunday and Monday to earn a spot in Wednesday night's championship game in the Parma Redmen MLK Tournament. Saturday night's game against Brunswick ended 3 to 2 in favor of Brunswick despite 48 shots on net by the Vikings. Chaz Gordish and Brad Harcourt were the only two players to get the puck past the netminder, each picking up a goal and an assist.

The Vikings met the Parma Redmen on Sunday afternoon in a spirited match with 15 penalities and plenty of aggressive play. Bradley Harcourt started the score for the Vikings with a goal assisted by John Derosiers. Chaz Gordish unassisted, Harcourt assisted by Preston Mackert, Zach Lawson, assisted by Mackert, rounded out periods one and two. In the third, Harcourt scored twice for a game total of 4 goals, and Gordish scored again, assisted by Sam Hankins. Netminder Kirk Greenho stopped 9 shots.

Monday's game against Nordonia was a scoring festival for the Vikings with the ending score 17 - 0 after two periods. Goals were scored by Dylan Oney, Cole Bukowy, Brad Harcourt (3), Shane Saba (2), Chaz Gordish (2), Sam Hankins, Daniel Murphy (2), Kyle Policcichio, John Derosiers (2), Preston Mackert and Mike Magana. Along with several of the goal scorers, Alex Zielke and Madison Ferrell picked up assists. In goal was Korey Davis with another shutout. The win earned the Vikings a spot in Wednesday night's championship game in Parma at 8:15 pm. GO VIKES!!!!

Wednesday, January 11


Hoover Freshman Dylan Oney scored a hattrick tonight in the Viking 10-0 win over the Canfield Cardinals in Canfield. Oney's first goal came at the end of the second period, with goals two and three in the third, with the last unassisted goal ending the game in a mercy, with 8 minutes left to go. Oney's goals were assisted by Sam Hankins and Alex Zielke.

Junior Bradley Harcourt scored two goals, assisted by Chaz Gordish on both, and Shane Saba on the second, and Sophomore Preston Mackert had two goals and an assist, with assists on Mackert's goals from Zach Lawson. Additional goals were scored by Mike Magana, assisted by Sam Hankins, Alec Weber assisted by Kyle Policchio and Preston Mackert, and Cole Bukowy with an unassisted rocket from the point. Junior netminder Korey Davis had a shutout, playing all three periods.

The Vikings travel to Parma this weekend for the Martin Luther King Weekend Tournament, beginning on Saturday at 6:30 pm against Brunswick, with games against Parma and Nordonia on Sunday at 3:30 and Monday at 8:45 am. GO VIKES!!!!

Sunday, January 8

Sunday, January 8


Hoover Hockey came out strong, dominated in the zone, and beat the Aurora Greenmen 5-1 in a physical and fast game Sunday afternoon at Center Ice. In a game that saw three times as many shots on net from the Vikings, hitting and checking were the name of the game, with both teams visiting the penalty box throughout the three periods of play.

The first period brought two goals from the Vikings, with the first scored by Preston Mackert, assisted by Zach Lawson and Alex Zielke. The second goal of the period was scored by Shane Saba, assisted by Bradley Harcourt. Period two started out slow, with the third goal scored almost halfway through the period by Samuel Hankins, assisted by Parker Adams.

Up three to zero after two, the Vikings needed to put the game away early in the third, which they did with Kirk Greenho looking sharp in the net against the most shots in the game. At 12:23 in the third, Preston Mackert delivered a pass off of the boards to Zach Lawson who handed it to Daniel Murphy to place in the net. Aurora's lone goal came in the third, with Hoover quickly following with a goal by Bradley Harcourt from Cole Bukowy to finish the game. Next up for the Vikings is Canfield, at the Ice Zone in Boardman on Wednesday at 5:30. GO VIKES!!!!

Saturday, December 31
Vikings Come Up Short in CVCA Holiday Tournament

The Vikings battled, but came out short in the CVCA Holiday Tournament this weekend at Kent State University. Games against Normandy, CVCA and Brunswick were physical and tough, with the lone win coming on Thursday night against Normandy in a 9-5 victory. Four minutes into the first period, Preston Mackert buried the puck on a pass from Bradley Harcourt. Harcourt scored next unassisted and less than a minute later, Chaz Gordish scored on a pass from Shane Saba and Daniel Murphy. To close out the first period with 28 seconds remaining, Kyle Policcichio scored unassisted.

The second period started with a goal by Mackert assisted again by Harcourt, and two more goals, one by Dylan Oney, assisted by Saba and the other by Samuel Hankins, assisted by Alex Zielke and Alec Weber. Period three saw two more goals, one by Harcourt assisted by Mackert and another from Oney, assisted by Parker Adams.

On Friday, the Vikings played two games, the first against CVCA resulting in a 10-1 loss, with the only goal scored by Daniel Murphy, assisted by Chaz Gordish. The second game against Brunswick ended with a score of 5-3 with goals scored by Gordish from Saba, Harcourt from Mackert and John Derosiers from Gordish and Saba.

Saturday morning, the Vikings played in the consolation game against Normandy, with a final score of 7-2, with both goals scored by Preston Mackert, assisted by Daniel Murphy.

The Vikings have a week of practice, followed by a game on Sunday against Aurora at Center Ice. GO VIKES!!!!

Thursday, December 22

Viking Fans Come Out in Full Force to Support Their Team

The Polar Bears dominated the Vikings, but the stands were awash in orange clad fans who were there to cheer on their Hoover team.  Hundreds of students and families packed Center Ice on Wednesday night for a game between Jackson and Hoover which was non-league, but most likely the biggest rivalry of the season. 

The Vikings came out strong and dominated first period play.  A beautiful goal that hit the inside white bar and bounced out of the crease was placed by Bradley Harcourt, assisted by Preston Mackert and Spencer Mackert.  The period ended 1-0 in favor of the Vikings.

Jackson scored quickly and frequently in the beginning of the second period, lopsiding the score, and forcing the Vikings to more physical play.  A penalty ridden second and third period left the Hoover squad on penalty kill, and the game ended with two five minute penalties, resulting in both a Hoover and a Jackson player leaving the ice with just three minutes left to go in the game.

The team takes a break for Christmas, with play starting again December 29th against Normandy at Kent State Ice Arena as a part of the Kent State Holiday Tournament.  Come out and support your Vikings at 9:00 pm on the 29th, and again on December 30th at 10:00 am against CVCA and 8:00 pm against Brunswick, all at Kent State.  GO VIKES!!!!

Sunday, December 18

Tale of Two Tiger Teams Ends Well for the Vikings!!

Two consecutive games against Tigers ended in a victory Sunday morning for the Vikings. After a disappointing game against the Cleveland Heights Tigers on Saturday night, the team pulled it together to come out strong against the Chagrin Falls Tigers on Sunday morning.

Saturday's game started as an even match, with the first period ending 0-0. 14 seconds into the second period, a goal by the Tigers started the scoring with goal numbers 2 and 3 coming just minutes later. With just under two minutes to play in the second, Viking forward Zach Lawson placed the puck over the goalies shoulder to bring the score to 3-1. The third period brought four more goals for the Tigers, ending the game 7-1.

Sunday morning's game's first goal was scored by Chagrin Falls, firing up the Vikings who did not want to go down in the second game of the weekend. One minute later, Bradley Harcourt, assisted by Zach Lawson, started the scoring for the Vikings, with goal number two score by Lawson, assisted by defenseman Spencer Mackert on a slapshot from the point. Second period saw three goals, one from the Tigers and two by the Vikings, one by Alex Zielke, unassisted and the other by Daniel Murphy, assisted again by Spencer Mackert.

The last goal of the game was scored by the Tigers, with the puck in the Viking zone for the last two minutes of the game, making it a nail-biter for Hoover fans. Impressive netminding by Kirk Greenho kept the puck out the net, ending the game in a victory. Next up is Jackson on Wednesday night at Center Ice. GO VIKES!!

Sunday, December 11

15-0 Win for Hoover Caps Off Great Weekend Play!!

Sunday night at Gilmour was a scoring festival for the Viking squad.  Great team play by everyone contributed to a score of 15-0 against Nordonia and a mercy after the second period.

Starting the scoring was Shane Saba with a goal assisted by Daniel Murphy and Chaz Gordish just two minutes into the first period.  One minute later, Alex Zielke buried the puck on a pass from Parker Adams.  In the next three minutes, the Harcourt-Mackert-Lawson line scored three goals, the first by Lawson assisted by Mackert, the second by Harcourt assisted by Mackert and Derosiers, and the third by Mackert assisted by Harcourt.  Finishing off the scoring for the first period were Daniel Murphy assisted by Matt Smith, Kyle Policicchio unassisted, Dylan Oney unassisted and Sam Hankins, two goals assisted by Zielke and Mike Magana.

Starting the second period with a score of 10-0, the Vikings came back strong with a goal by Mackert from Harcourt and Lawson, a goal by Harcourt from Lawson, and goals by Policicchio from Zielke and Alec Weber, Cole Bukowy from Korey Davis, and Daniel Murphy from Alec Weber.

Kirk Greenho and Korey Davis split the net, with Greenho playing the first period, and Davis in net the second.  Congratulations to 5 Vikings each with two goals this game:  Hankins, Mackert, Harcourt, Policicchio, and Murphy.  Also congratulations to our newly named Captains, Seniors Shane Saba, Cole Bukowy and Daniel Murphy and Assistant Captains Seniors Chaz Gordish and Parker Adams.

Next weekend the Vikings host Cleveland Hts. Saturday at 3:40 and Chagrin Falls Sunday at 10:50 am at Center Ice.  GO VIKINGS!!!!

Saturday, December 10

Second League Game Against Canfield Results in Big Win for the Vikings!!

The Vikings posted a decisive 10-0 victory over the Canfield Cardinals this afternoon at Center Ice. In their second league game, the team came out strong, with the first goal of the game scored by Preston Mackert from Bradley Harcourt and Zach Lawson just a minute and a half into the first period. 30 seconds later, Mackert returned the favor with a pass to Lawson from Harcourt with Lawson burying the puck. Goal three, scored by Kyle Policicchio on a pass from John Derosiers and goal four, scored by Chaz Gordish from Shane Saba came just two minutes later.

Before the first period ended, Harcourt scored two more times, once unassisted, and once on a pass from Mackert and Lawson. The next goal of the period was scored by Gordish on a pass from Alec Weber. Up 8-0 after the first, the Vikings had a lone goal in period two, scored by Policicchio. Third period began just one goal short of a mercy, and ended 40 seconds into the period, with Gordish pushing the puck past the net minder to end the game. Viking goalie Korey Davis saw his first league period continuing the shut out that started with Kirk Greenho.

Next up is Nordonia, tomorrow night at Gilmour Academy. GO VIKINGS!!!!

Saturday, December 3

Vikings Fall to Royals 5-2 in First League Game

In their first league game of the 2011-2012 season, the Vikings fell prey to the CVCA Royals 5-2.  With an almost equal number of shots in the game, the Vikings could not find the back of the net, while the Royals managed to work the puck up the ice, with their fifth goal coming on an open net in the last minute of play. 

Down 2-0 after the first period of play, the team came back strong in the second period determined to even the score. Viking goals were score by Chaz Gordish unassisted and by Daniel Murphy on a great pass from Samuel Hankins.  The Royals quickly answered with a third goal, and Hoover was unable to score another point.

The team meets Canfield at home on Saturday, December 10th at 3:40 pm with a second game against Nordonia at Gilmour on Sunday night at 7:10 pm.  GO HOOVER!!

Sunday, November 27

Hoover Competes in First Official Tournament of the Season

The annual Thanksgiving Tournament at Cleveland Heights was a good introduction to the official start of the season for the Vikings. Although the team remained winless this weekend, they showed good chemistry, excellent goal tending and had the opportunity to experiment with some lineups in preparation for their first league game next weekend.

Friday night, the Vikings faced a tough match against Medina Club and went scoreless, losing 4-0. Netminder Kirk Greenho played well against a tough offensive Medina team. On Saturday at 1:15, St. Ignatius gave the team a challenge, scoring four goals against the Vikings in the first period. Although the team was down 5-0 after the second, two minutes into the third period, a pass from Preston Mackert to Daniel Murphy provided the first goal for the team, with Murphy burying the pass with a five-hole on the Ignatius goaltender. Bradley Harcourt scored the second goal 4 minutes into the third on a beautiful pass from Shane Saba. St. Ignatius answered with a goal halfway through the third making it a 6-2 win.

Saturday night, the Vikings faced Riverside in a penalty-ridden game, racking up 20 minutes in penalities, playing 12 minutes on a penalty kill. Riverside scored 4 goals in the first period, 5 in the second period and 3 in the third, leaving Hoover no possibility of catching up. The Vikings had two goals, one by Zach Lawson from Preston Mackert and Daniel Murphy on a power play in the second period, and one by Bradley Harcourt from Chaz Gordish in the third.

The Vikings played Rocky River Club on Sunday morning in the closest game of the weekend. Some line changes and adjustments proved beneficial to the team, as the score was tied throughout the first two periods, 1-1, 2-2, and 3-3. Hoover goals were scored by Preston Mackert from Zach Lawson in the first, Zach Lawson from Bradley Harcourt in the second and Daniel Murphy from Sam Hankins in the third. Kirk Greenho looked tough in the net against strong offensive play by Rocky River.

Next up for the Vikings is the first league game against CVCA at Kent on Saturday morning, followed by another league match against Chagrin Falls at home on Sunday. GO VIKES!!

Saturday, November 19

Weekend Recap - Hoover vs. Mighty Barons, Hoover vs. Gilmour

It was a busy weekend for the Vikings. Friday night, the team hosted the Cleveland Mighty Barons Sled Hockey Team at Center Ice. It was a great experience for the boys to play in sleds against a talented Barons team. The Vikings lone goal came from Dylan Oney well into the third period. Despite hard work by the Hoover team to move the sleds and the puck, they fell to the Barons 10-1. North Canton Middle School student Keegan O'Reilly, who plays for the Barons, scored a hat trick in the game! High attendance at the game generated more than $750.00 for the Mighty Barons organization.

Saturday the team traveled to Gilmour Academy. In a close and hard fought game, the Hoover team scored first on a goal by Sam Hankins, assisted by a great pass by Zach Lawson. Gilmour came back to score late in the first, tying the game 1-1. Gilmour scored first in the second period, but the Vikings responded with a goal by Preston Mackert, assisted by Brad Harcourt. Hoover let up the last two goals of the game well into the third period, with a final game score of 4-2. Goaltenders Kirk Greenho and Korey Davis split the net and stopped close to 40 shots in the game.

The Vikings will play next weekend in the Turkey Bowl Tournament in Cleveland Heights against Rocky River Club, St. Ignatius, Riverside and Medina Club.

Wednesday, November 16
Hoover Vikings to Play Mighty Barons Sled Hockey Team on Friday at 5:50 pm at Center Ice!

Come out to support the Vikings and the Cleveland Mighty Barons on Friday as they take to the ice for a sled hockey match. The Mighty Barons Sled Hockey Team is comprised of a group of players with disabilities that have them playing in sleds. The team will provide sleds for the Hoover players, and the game will be played with sled hockey rules, with 15 minute periods.

Ice sled (sledge) hockey was invented in the early 1960’s in Stockholm, Sweden, by a few hockey play­ers who would not let their phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties get in the way of doing what they loved. They mod­i­fied their equip­ment and played on a lake south of Stockholm. However, it was not until 1994 at the Winter Paralympics Games in Lillehammer, Norway, that it became an offi­cial event. It is now prac­ticed in 12 coun­tries. Sled hockey has been played in Canada and the United States for sev­eral decades and many teams are registered with USA Hockey, playing an aggressive game and tournament schedule each year.

Proceeds from donations at Friday's game will benefit the Mighty Baron's organization. Hoover Hockey Manager Knute Hankins said that the team will be challenged: "The last time our Hoover team played the Mighty Barons, they had a tough time keeping up with the team. Using the sleds is an adjustment, and many of the Baron's kids are talented players. Friday's game should be a good one."

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!

Sunday, September 25

September 26, 2011

The Hoover Team is running Captain's practices on the ice twice a week already.  We have a numbe of new players to blend in with a solid returning group.  Our first Scrimmage is at Center Ice on 5 November starting at 3:40PM versus Wooster.

We are currenly training and fund driving.  If you are interested in sponsoring Hoover this year, please contact Knute Hankins at knute@neo.rr.com or call 330-323-6046. 


Archived News


February 17, 2010


The Vikings were knocked out of the OHSAA Kent District Tournament in the first round by the Mayfield Heights Wildcats on Wednesday night.  The Wildcats took the early lead and held it throughout the game.  David Piero scored both goals for the Vikings, with Kevin Deane and T.R. Krucek assisting on both.  Ethan Bishop made 25 saves for Hoover, while the Vikings outshot the Wildcats 37-32 for the game.  The Wildcats will move on to play Shaker Heights in the second round of the tournament.


February 14, 2010


The Vikings improved their overall record to 10-16 with two wins in a span of less than 2 hours at Parma-Ries Rink on Valentines Day.

In Game 1, the Vikings dismantled the Normandy Invaders - scoring 6 goals in the 1st period to take a 6-1 lead, and then coasted to victory with an 8-3 win.  Dave Werwinski scored for the Vikings at 1:32 of the 1st period (assisted by Eli Jones) and Kevin Deane put the Vikes up 2-0 at 3:15, this time with Mason Koonce getting the assist.  A Normandy goal at 4:06 pulled the Invaders within one, but Deane scored at 4:40 to put the Vikings back up by 2.  Dave Piero and T.R. Krucek assisted on Deane's second goal.  Deane completed a 1st period hat trick at 5:42, with Krucek and Jordan Oblein assisting.  Things settled down until Oblein scored on assists from Werwinski and Jones with 1:16 remaining in the period.  Matt Fernandez then got in on the scorring frenzy, putting one in with 0:47 showing on the clock, this time with Chaz Gordish getting the helper.

The Vikings cooled off in the 2nd period, failing to score, while allowing an Invader goal at 4:21, but the period ended with Hoover up 6-2.  Chaz Gordish banged home a goal off a Shane Saba assist at 2:43 into the 3rd to put the Vikings ahead 7-2.  Normandy scored to make it 7-3 with 7:47 to go in the game, but Oblein scored his second of the game with 0:51 remaining, assisted by Jones and Werwinski, to make the final 8-3.

Ethan Bishop made 11 saves in the 1st period, before leaving the game with a knee bruise.  Kirk Greenho stopped 10 of 12 shots over the final 2 periods to seal the victory.

The Vikings had little time to savor their victory, about 15 minutes to be exact, before taking the ice for Game 2 against the Trinity Trojans.  The Trojans came out strong, outshooting the Vikings 12-4 in the 1st period, but Kirk Greenho was on top of his game in goal.  A late goal by Kevin Deane gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead after the 1st period.

Unfortunately, we were not given a copy of the final score sheet - so details of the goals and assists for the game are not officially available.  However, the Vikings dominated the 2nd period after getting their second wind - outshooting the Trojans 17-6.  Eli Jones scored a powerplay goal to put Hoover up 2-0.  The line of Jones, Jordan Oblein and Dave Werwinski then combined for a second power play goal and an even strength goal in the 2nd period.

The Jones-Oblein-Werwinski line also accounted for the final Hoover goal in the 3rd period.  The Vikings finished with a 26-24 advantage in shots on goal for the game.  Kirk Greenho made 24 saves in recording the first Hoover shutout since December 7, 2007, when the Vikings shut out the Brecksville Bees 3-0.

The Vikings will return to the ice on Wednesday, February 17th at 8:00pm in the 1st round of the Kent District hockey tournament.  The Vikings will have a rematch with the Mayfield Heights Wildcats.


February 6, 2010


The Vikings built a big lead in the 2nd period, then saw it disappear early in the 3rd period, before rallying for a 7-6 overtime win over the Western Reserve Academy Pioneers on 'Senior Night' at Center Ice.

The Pioneers led 1-0 after one period, despite being outshot 10-8 by the Vikings.  It took only 15 seconds in the 2nd period for the Vikings to score the equalizer.  Dave Piero pulled an offensive zone faceoff back to T.R. Krucek, who scored from the right point with the Vikings on the powerplay.  Eli Jones put Hoover up 2-1 at 2:01 into the period, getting assists from Jordan Oblein and Dave Werwinski.  Daniel Murphy scored from the point just 30 seconds later to put the Vikings up 3-1, with Samuel Hankins and Boston Weber getting assists.  An unassisted goal by Kevin Deane with 5:53 remaining in the period put Hoover up 4-1.  The scoring barrage continued with Jordan Oblein scoring with 4:08 remaining, with Neal Greenho and Eli Jones assisting.  T.R. Krucek completed the Vikings scoring run with a goal at 56 seconds remaining, assisted by Dave Piero, to put Hoover up 6-1 after 2 periods.

The Vikings seemed to be cruising to a comfortable victory until the Pioneers erupted for 5 straight goals over a span of 2:45 to tie the game at 6-6 with 9:27 to play.  The Vikings managed to stop the bleeding and hold the Pioneers scoreless for the remainder of the period to force an 8 minute "sudden victory" overtime period.

The Vikings controlled the pace of play in the overtime, thanks to 2 penalties on the Pioneers, and T.R. Krucek scored a powerplay goal with 1:29 remaining to give the Vikings the victory.  The winning goal was assisted by Jordan Oblein and Neal Greenho.

The victory came in the last home game for seniors Neal Greenho, Jordan Oblein, T.R. Krucek, Dave Piero, Eli Jones and Kevin Deane, who were introduced, along with their parents in a senior recognition ceremony before the game.

The Vikings will take part in the "Last Chance Championship" tournament, being hosted by Normandy High at the Parma-Reis Rink next weekend (Feb 13-14).


February 3, 2010


The Hoover Vikings hockey team will recognize its six senior players at the start of Saturday's final home game against the Western Reserve Academy Pioneers at 3:40pm at Center Ice.


January 31, 2010 


There is very little good that can be said about the Vikings' performance against the Jackson Polar Bear hockey club on Sunday at Center Ice.  The Polar Bears built a 4-0 lead through the early part of the 2nd period, thanks in large part to a 5 minute major penalty on the Vikings late in the 1st period.

Kevin Deane's unassisted powerplay goal with 2:37 left in the 2nd period made it 4-1 and gave the Hoover fans some hope, but a Polar Bear goal just 17 seconds later put the momentum right back with the Bears.  A powerplay goal by David Piero, on a deflected shot from Eli Jones that was also assisted by Kevin Deane, with 12:05 remaining in the 3rd period made it 5-2.  But the Polar Bears once again answered with a goal just 22 seconds later to squash any hopes of a comeback.  The Vikings were outshot 34-27 for the game, and Ethan Bishop made 27 saves for Hoover.


January 30, 2010 


The Vikings rebounded from a tough loss to Chagrin Falls to get the best of the Solon Comets 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Center Ice.  Hoover goalie Ethan Bishop had one of his best games of the season, making 34 saves for the Vikings, who were outshot by the Comets 31-10 over the last 2 periods.

The Vikings never trailed in the game, taking a 1-0 lead at 6:10 into the 1st period when Dave Piero redirected Neal Greenho's pass from the left point past the Solon goalie with the Vikings on the powerplay.  Kevin Deane was also credited with an assist on Piero's goal.  Another powerplay goal by Deane with 1:05 remaining in the 1st sent the teams to the first intermission with Hoover up 2-0.  Deane was assisted by Jordan Oblein and T.R. Krucek on his goal.

The Comets appeared ready to make a close game of it when they scored a powerplay goal of their own just 43 seconds into the 2nd period to make it 2-1.  Another powerplay goal by the Vikings, this time by Eli Jones, assisted by Oblein, at 3:54 into the 2nd period put Hoover back up by 3-1.  Jones added an even-strength goal, assisted by Mason Koonce, with 1:32 left in the 2nd to make it 4-1 Hoover going into the 3rd period.

The Comets threw everything they could at the Vikings in the 3rd period...outshooting the Vikings 24-5, but Ethan Bishop turned every shot away to preserve the victory.

Next up for the Vikings is a non-league game against the Jackson Polar Bears on Sunday at 3:40pm.


January 24, 2010 


The Vikings needed a victory over the Chagrin Falls Tigers on Sunday night at "The Pond" to keep their Baron Cup II playoff hopes alive; unfortunately, the Tigers did not cooperate, taking a 7-2 victory on the strength of 3 short-handed goals.

The Tigers took the lead with a goal at 5:38 into the 1st period, but Kevin Deane scored off a T.R. Krucek assist with 3:25 remaining to tie the game after 1 period.  A Viking powerplay chance with 10:30 remaining in the 2nd period back-fired, when Chagrin Falls scored a short-handed goal with 9:09 to go.  Another powerplay chance with 2:15 left in the period had the same result, with the Tigers scoring at 1:34, but this time the Vikings managed to score a powerplay goal with 0:56 remaining to make it 3-2 going into the 3rd period.

It took only 56 seconds for Chagrin to take a 4-2 lead, and they put the game away with 2 goals in a 14 second span with just over 4 minutes remaining to put the game out of reach.  The Tigers added their 3rd short-handed goal with 2:29 remaining to make the final score 7-2.  Ethan Bishop stopped 33 shots, while Chagrin outshot Hoover 40-34 for the game.

The Vikings fall to 3-5 in league play, while Chagrin Falls improved to 4-2-1.  The Vikings host the Solon Comets on Saturday, January 30th at 3:40pm and will take on the Jackson Polar Bears on Sunday at 3:40pm.  Both games will be at Center Ice.


January 22, 2010 


The Vikings continued to struggle defensively, as they fell 7-5 to the Mayfield Wildcats in a non-league game at Center Ice on Friday night.

Mayfield took the lead with 6:40 to go in the 1st period, and added a second goal with 4:18 remaining, to take a 2-0 lead after one period, despite being outshot 10-8.

The Vikings got the offense going in the 2nd period, getting a goal from Eli Jones at 1:41 into the period that was assisted by Jordan Oblein and Mason Koonce.  The Vikings then tied the game at 2-2 on a goal by Kevin Deane (returning to action for the first time since December 28th) with 9:40 remaining in the period.  David Piero and T.R. Krucek were credited with assists on Deane's goal.  Mayfield retook the lead with 7:09 remaining, but Deane scored an unassisted, short-handed goal to tie it at 3-3 with 4:37 remaining.  However, Mayfield scored a powerplay goal of their own just 29 seconds later to retake the lead.

A powerplay goal by Mayfield at 2:41 into the 3rd period put them up 5-3.  Kevin Deane completed a hat trick at the 3:47 mark to pull the Vikings within 5-4, with T.R. Krucek getting an assist.  Mayfield increased the lead to 6-4 with 9:04 remaining, but the Vikings came back with on a powerplay goal by Krucek (with assists from Jones and Oblein) to pull within one with 2:58 remaining.  Mayfield added an empty netter with 6.6 seconds to go to make the final 7-5.  Kirk Greenho made 21 saves for the Vikings, who ended up with 38-28 advantage in shots on goal.


January 19, 2010 


The Vikings needed a win against the Solon Comets to have a chance to qualify for the Baron Cup II playoff tournament, but the Comets held off the Vikings on Tuesday night at Gilmour Academy.

The Vikings came out strong, outshooting the Comets 14-7 in the 1st period, but the Comets still managed to take a 2-1 lead.  Solon scored a fluke goal on their first shift, which was answered by Eli Jones, with an assist from Jordan Oblein.  Solon scored a short-handed goal to take the lead.

T.R. Krucek's powerplay goal, which was assisted by goalie Ethan Bishop, pulled the Vikings even early in the 2nd period, but Solon scored 2 goals in the last minute of the period to go up 4-2.

Solon picked up the pace in the 3rd period, outshooting the Vikings 13-2, but each team was able to manage just one goal.  The Comets scored first to make it 5-2, before Eli Jones put in an unassisted goal to make the final score 5-3.  The Vikings fall to 3-4 in league play, while Solon improved to 4-1-1.


January 17, 2010 


Coming off an emotional victory over Holy Name on Saturday, the Vikings were never in this game against the Red North Divison's Walsh Jesuit Warriors on Sunday afternoon.  The Vikings managed only 1 shot on goal in the 1st and 3rd periods, and the Warriors outshot them 37-5 for the game.

The Vikings return to White East Division play with in a rescheduled game with the Solon Comets on Tuesday, January 19th at 8:40pm at the Gilmour Academy arena.  This game was postponed due to weather from January 3rd.  The Vikings need a win to keep their chances of making the Baron Cup II playoffs alive.  Hoover currently sits in 4th place, with a 3-3 record, while Kenston is 5-0 and Chagrin Falls and Solon are both 3-1-1.


January 16, 2010 


The Vikings beat the Holy Name Green Wave 6-5 in the second game of the Walsh Jesuit Invitational on Saturday evening at the KSU Arena in a very tense and entertaining contest.  Holy Name got on the board first with an early goal at the 2:21 mark, but an unassisted goal by Eli Jones with 39 seconds to go in the period sent the teams to the locker room tied at 1-1 after one period.

The Green Wave took a 2-1 lead with 7:13 to go in the second, and this time it was T.R. Krucek who tied the game at 2-2, getting assists from Chaz Gordish and David Piero, with 5:13 remaining.  Neither team could take the lead in the remainder of the period, setting up an exciting 3rd period.

Jordan Oblein put the Vikes up 3-2 with a goal at 4:15 into the 3rd period - Piero got the lone assist.  The lead was very short-lived, with Holy Name scoring 15 seconds later to tie the game for the 3rd time.  The Green Wave moved ahead 4-3 at 7:18 into the period, forcing the Vikings to dig deep to pull out the win.  Boston Weber and Dave Piero set up Jordon Oblein's second goal of the game with 5:18 to go in the period to tie the game for the fourth time.  It took only 26 seconds for the David Werwinski to bury a shot, assisted by Eli Jones, that put the Vikings back in the lead.  Once again, Holy Name answered to tie the score at 5-5 just 39 seconds later.  The game appeared to be headed for overtime until Holy Name took a penalty with 3:28 remaining, then were hit with a bench minor for arguing the call that gave the Vikings a 5-on-3 powerplay chance.  The Vikings cashed in with 12 remaining on the powerplay when Eli Jones deflected T.R. Krucek's slapshot from the point out of mid-air and past the Green Wave goalie for the game winner with 1:40 remaining in the period.  The Vikings withstood a furious final 100 seconds to pull out the win.  Ethan Bishop made 24 saves for the game and both teams finished with 29 shots on goal.


January 15, 2010 


The Shaker Heights Red Raiders came out very strong, outshooting the Vikings 19-5 in the 1st period, and controlling the puck for long stretches, but they could not put the Vikings away on the score board.  Shaker opened a 2-0 lead on goals at 8:57 and 9:39 into the period, and looked to be on their way to a blowout.  But, David Piero scored for the Vikings 22 seconds after the second Shaker goal to make it 2-1.  Jordan Oblein and Boston Weber picked up assists on Piero's goal.  Shaker went up 3-1 with 2:05 remaining in the 1st, but Eli Jones deflected a Neal Greenho shot from the point past the Shaker goalie with 1:01 remaining to make it 3-2 after 1 period.  David Werwinski also picked up an assist on Jones' goal.

The Vikes gained more control of the game in the 2nd period, with Shaker holding an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal.  Neither team was able to score until the Red Raiders put one in with 1:16 to go in the period to take a 4-2 lead.  A goal by T.R. Krucek, assisted by Jones and Werwinski, with just 14 seconds remaining pulled the Vikings back within a goal going into the 3rd period.

Eli Jones scored his second goal with 7:14 remaining in the game to tie the score at 4-4.  Daniel Murphy and Werwinski assisted on the goal.  The Vikings hopes to pull out the victory in regulation, or force an overtime, were dashed when Shaker scored the game winner with 4:49 remaining.  The Vikings were outshot 14-9 in the 3rd period, and 41-19 for the game.  Ethan Bishop finished with 36 saves for the Vikings.

The Vikings face the Holy Name Green Wave in Game 2 on Saturday at 6:00pm. 


January 10, 2010 


The Vikings, still short 4 players, started quickly against the Benedictine High Bengals on Sunday afternoon at Center Ice and hung on for a key 4-3 victory in a White Division league game.

Eli Jones took a feed from Tyler Shepherd and scored just 36 seconds into the game to give the Vikings an early lead.  Chaz Gordish put in the rebound from an Eli Jones shot to put Hoover up 2-0 at 3:18 into the period.  Jones then put the Vikings up 3-0 with his second goal of the period at 8:22, short-handed to boot, with Dave Werwinski getting the assist.  Benedictine got on the board with 3:22 remaining in the period to make it 3-1 going to the 2nd period.  Ethan Bishop made 12 saves in the 1st period, as the Bengals outshot the Vikings 13-8.

The second period started badly, with Benedictine pulling to within 3-2 on a powerplay goal 23 seconds in.  T.R. Krucek responded with an unassisted, powerplay goal at 6:32 into the period to make it 4-2.  Neither team scored again in the period, with the Bengals again outshooting Hoover 15-7.  The Bengals made things interesting with a powerplay goal at 10:07 into the 3rd period, but the Vikngs were able to make the 4-3 lead stand up.  Ethan Bishop finished with 38 saves, and the Vikings were outshot 41-25 for the game.

The Vikings improved to 5-10 (3-3) for the season, while Benedictine fell to 5-14 (0-5).  The Vikings will be playing in the Walsh Jesuit Invitational Tournament next weekend at the KSU Ice Arena - taking on Shaker Heights on Friday at 9:45pm, Holy Name on Saturday at 6:00pm and Walsh Jesuit on Sunday at 3:00pm.


January 9, 2010 


The Vikings were without the services of Kevin Deane, Jordan Oblein and Matt Fernandez for this game against the undefeated Kenston Bombers, and the Bombers took advantage to overpower the Vikes 11-2 at The Pond in Auburn Townsip.  To make matters worse, David Piero's attempt to play with an ankle injury was short-lived, as he played sparingly and was unable return to the ice for the 3rd period.

Kenston broke the ice with a goal at 4:49 into the 1st period and went on to build a 5-0 lead after 1 period.  Eli Jones scored a powerplay goal, assisted by T.R. Krucek and Neal Greenho, to get the Vikings on the board in the 2nd period.  Kenston reeled off 4 scores of their own to make the score 9-1 after 2 periods.

Another Eli Jones goal, with an assist from Shane Saba, made the game 9-2 in the 3rd period, but the Bombers score twice more to win 11-2.  Ethan Bishop had 20 saves on 28 shots before being relieved by Kirk Greenho with 2:18 remaining in the 2nd period.  Greenho allowed 3 goals on 9 shots.  The Vikings fell to 4-10 (2-3) with the loss, while Kenston improved to 20-0 (5-0) with the win.


December 28, 2009


The Vikings showed that they still have some fight left after 3 tough losses in the Cougar Holiday Extravaganza Tournament - getting a hard-earned 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Moeller Crusaders.

The Vikings were down 2 players going into the game, with Dave Piero and Matt Fernandez out with injuries.  But they held their own against the Crusaders in the early going, and when Kevin Deane scored at 5:12 into the 1st period, the Vikes had a 1-0 lead.  Eli Jones assisted on Deane's goal.  Deane and Jones combined again with 1:10 remaining to put the Vikings up 2-0 going into period two.

The Crusaders got on the board with a powerplay goal at 1:09 into the 2nd period.  The Vikes responded exactly 1 minute later with a powerplay goal by Eli Jones, assisted by Deane and Jordan Oblein, as all three players crashed the net.  The Crusaders closed to within 3-2 on a goal with 3:09 remaining in the period, setting up an exciting 3rd period.

The game took a turn for the worse with 11:50 remaining in the 3rd period when Kevin Deane took a big open ice hit and left the game, and Jordan Oblein was given a 5:00 unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ejected from the game at the same time.  The play of the game came during the 5:00 penaly kill when Chaz Gordish scored an unassisted, short-handed goal to put the Vikings up 4-2.  The Crusaders turned up the offensive pressure the rest of the game, but Ethan Bishop was stellar in goal, stopping all 14 shots in the 3rd period, and 32 for the game, as the Vikings held on for the win.  The Crusaders finished with a 34-28 edge in shots on goal.

The Crusaders went on to face Lake Catholic in the tournament championship game, with LC taking the trophy with a 5-3 win.

December 27, 2009


The Vikings threw and early scare into the host Lake Catholic Cougars, but the depth of the Red North Division team was just too much for Hoover to handle over a full 3 periods.

Dave Piero's goal at 2:50 into the game put the Vikings ahead 1-0, and Kevin Deane's goal just 46 seconds later put the Cougars in a 2-0 hole early.  Mason Koonce picked up assists on both goals, while Jordan Oblein earned an assist on Deane's goal.

The Cougars came back strong to take a 3-2 lead by the end of the 1st period, then built the lead to 6-2 after 2 periods (including 2 short-handed goals).  Lake Catholic pushed the lead to 7-2 in the 3rd period, before T.R. Krucek scored at 7:09 of the 3rd period, getting assists from Deane and Koonce.

Kirk Greenho made 18 saves, while the Cougars had a slim 26-24 advantage in shots on goal.


December 27, 2009


The Vikings played Chagrin Falls for the second time this season, and for the second time the Tigers won by 2 goals despite being outshot by Hoover.

Chagrin Falls took the early lead, but the Vikings responded with 2 goals to take a 2-1 lead after 1 period.  Kevin Deane scored at the 3:58 mark, with Jordan Oblein assisting.  David Piero's goal with 2:37 remaining in the period was assisted by Deane.

The Tigers tied it at 2-2 early in the 2nd period, but Neal Greenho put Hoover back in front at 3:10 of the 2nd, with Eli Jones getting the assist.  The Tigers ran off 3 straight to lead 5-3 going into the 3rd period.

Another goal by Chagrin just 10 seconds into the 3rd period appeared to bury the Vikings, but Kevin Deane responded with back-to-back goals at 49 seconds and 2:16 of the 3rd to pull the Vikings back to within 6-5.  The Tigers finally sealed the decision on a goal with 4:08 remaining to win 7-5.  Kirk Greenho made 27 saves in his second career start, as the Vikings outshot Chagrin 40-34 for the game.



December 26, 2009


High Explorers outshot the Vikings 36-26 on their way to an 8-2 victory in the opening game for each team at Mentor in the Lake Catholic "Cougar Holiday Extravaganza" Tournament.  Hudson led 3-1 after 1 period, taking the early lead at 4:22 into the game.  A goal by Jordan Oblein at 11 minutes, with assists from Kevin Deane and Eli Jones tied the game, but the Explorers score 2 more goals in the last 2:36 of the period.

The second period was all Hudson, with the Explorers expanding the lead to 6-1, while outshooting Hoover 13-5.  Kevin Deane opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just 18 seconds into the 3rd period, but that was all the offense the Vikings could muster against the Explorers defense.  The added 2 goals in the 3rd period to make the final score 8-2.  Ethan Bishop made 20 saves, and Kirk Greenho made 8 saves after entering the game with 2:47 remaining in the 2nd period.

The Vikings will face the Chagrin Falls Tigers in Game #2 at 11:45am on Sunday (12/27) and will take on the host Lake Catholic Cougars in Game #3 at 6:45pm.


December 16, 2009


The Vikings and Polar Bears squared off in front of a large and loud crowd on Wednesday night at Center Ice.  Hoover finished the game with a 31-20 advantage in shots on goal, but the Polar Bears took better advantage of their chances to post a 4-2 victory and even the all-time series record at 5 wins apiece.

The Vikings took the early lead on a Kevin Deane goal at 2:49 into the 1st period, with David Piero picking up the assist.  The Vikings had a couple of other good scoring chances from short range, but could not capitalize on the chances.  Brad Ahbe scored at 6:40 to tie the score at 1-1 going into the 2nd period.  The Vikings outshot Jackson 12-7 for the period.

The Vikings again outshot the Polar Bears by a 13-5 margin in the 2nd period, but a short-handed, breakaway goal by Ahbe at 5:11 into the period put Jackson up 2-1.  The Vikings were unable to put the puck in the net and trailed going into the 3rd period.

Kevin Deane's second goal of the game at 5:26 into the 3rd pulled the Vikes back even at 2-2.  Eli Jones and T.R. Krucek picked up assists on Deane's goal.  But the Polar Bears took advantage of a turnover in the Vikings defensive zone to get an unassisted goal by Colby Hart that put Jackson ahead to stay with 8:35 remaining in the period.  Jackson sealed the win with another goal with 1:58 remaining to make the final score 4-2.  Jackson outshot the Vikings 8-6 in the 3rd period.

The Vikings are off until the Lake Catholic Holiday Extravaganza Tournament at Mentor on December 26-28.


December 13, 2009


The Vikings to an early 2-0 lead over the Western Reserve Academy Pioneers, then fell behind 4-2 before coming back in the 3rd period for an 8-6 win at KSU Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Eli Jones, Kevin Deane and Jordan Oblein had big offensive efforts for the Vikings.  Jones scored the first goal, assisted by Oblein and Deane at 2:55 into the game.  Deane scored 45 seconds later, assisted by Oblein.  The Pioneers roared back with 4 unanswered goals to lead 4-2 with 5:01 remaining in the 2nd period.  Jones' second goal was assisted by Boston Weber with 2:29 remaining and pulled the Vikings within 4-3 after 2 periods.

Deane scored his second goal with 9:59 reamining in the 3rd period, with Jones picking up another assist, to tie the game at 4-4.  But WRA pulled ahead just 13 seconds later.  A goal by Oblein, assisted by Deane and Tyler Shepherd, put the Vikes back even; and a powerplay goal by Jones - assisted by Oblein and T.R. Krucek but the Vikings up by 6-5 with 4:32 remaining.  WRA responded to tie the game at 6-6 with 3:56 remaining.  Deane scored the game winner with 33 seconds remaining, assisted by Jones and Oblein - and Oblein sealed the win with an empty net goal with 8 seconds to go - with Jones and Deane picking up assists.  Ethan Bishop had 27 saves in the win.

The Vikings will take on the Jackson Polar Bears at 7:10pm on Wednesday, December 16th at Center Ice.


December 11, 2009


The Vikings bounced back from a rough outing against Kenston on Sunday with a much better effort against the Chagrin Falls Tigers on Friday evening at Center Ice.  The Vikings took leads of 2-1 and 3-2, but couldn't hold on, eventually falling by a 6-4 margin.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead at 6:38 into the 1st period, but the Vikings tied the game on a goal by Boston Weber at 10:43, with John Desrosiers and Chaz Gordish picking up assists on the goal.  The Vikings went ahead 2-1 with 1:20 to go in the 1st on a goal by Kevin Deane that was assisted by Neal Greenho, but the Tigers tied the game at 2-2 on a goal 25 seconds later.

The Vikes retook the lead at 3-2 with 6:44 to go in the 2nd period when Jordan Oblein hammered home a rebound with Eli Jones and Deane getting the assists.  Chagrin Falls came back with goals at 3:55 and 2:14 remaining in the period to take a 4-3 lead, but Jones fed Deane for his 2nd goal of the game to knot the score at 4-4 with 1:21 to go in the period.  That lead was short-lived however, because the Tigers scored 28 seconds later to take a 5-4 lead into the 3rd period.

The Vikings failed to capitalize on 3 powerplay opportunities in the 3rd period, and surrendered the game clinching goal to Chagrin Falls with 38 seconds left in the game to fall to 1-2 in White East Division play.  Chagrin Falls improved to 3-0 in the division, and 6-1 overall.

The Vikings take on Western Reserve Academy at noon on Sunday at the KSU Arena.


December 6, 2009


The Kenston Bombers served notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the White East Division this season, as they ran away from the Vikings in the 2nd and 3rd periods of a 10-2 victory at Center Ice on Sunday afternoon.

The Bombers had the better of the action throughout the 1st period, but the Vikings kept them off the scoreboard until 1:19 remained in the period.  The Vikings responded to tie the score at 1-1 with a nice tic-tac-toe goal by Eli Jones from Jordan Oblein and Kevin Deane with 25 seconds remaining in the period.

The 2nd period was all Kenston, with the Bombers scoring 2 goals in the opening minute, and another 2 goals 32 seconds apart midway through the period to take a 5-1 lead.  Kevin Deane's unassisted, short handed goal with 6:37 remaining pulled the Vikings to within 5-2, but that was the last of th scoring for Hoover.

The Bombers scored 3 goals in a 22 second span of the 3rd period to put the game away, and added 2 powerplay goals late in the game to finish the 10-2 victory.  Ethan Bishop stopped 23 of 30 shots, and Kirk Greenho made 5 saves on 8 shots in the last 7 minutes for the Vikings.

The Vikings will host the Chagrin Falls Tigers on Friday, December 11th at 5:50pm at Center Ice.


December 5, 2009


The Vikings opened the White East Division schedule with a nail-biter win over the Benedictine High Bengals on Saturday evening at Cleveland Heights.  The big ice at Cleveland Heights always seems to cause problems for the Vikings, who fell behind 1-0 after 1 period.  The Bengals scored at 1:10 into the period, and held the Vikes off the scoreboard despite a 6-3 shot advantage for the Vikings.

Things got worse for the Vikings in the 2nd period, with the Bengals scoring goals just 19 seconds apart at the midway point of the period to take a 3-0 lead.  But the Vikings rallied with 2 goals during a 4-on-4 situation, both by Kevin Deane.  Jordan Oblein assisted on the first goal, and combined with Neal Greenho to assist on the second.  A powerplay goal by Oblein just 29 seconds later pulled the Vikes into a 3-3 tie, with Deane and Greenho assisting.  It took the Bengals only 42 seconds to go back up by a goal.

The Vikings responded just 1:02 later, with 3:02 remaining in the 2nd period, on a 5-on-3 powerplay goal by T.R. Krucek that was again assisted by Oblein.  Eli Jones scored another powerplay goal with assists from Deane and Greenho with 2:19 remaining to put the ahead for the first time in the game at 5-4.

Benedictine came back to tie the game at 3:31 into the 3rd period, then retook the lead at 6-5 with 10:07 to go in the contest.  Krucek pulled the Vikings back even, with an assist from Jones with 9:28 remaining.  The Vikings scored what proved to be the game winner with 3:17 remaining when Krucek found Jones with a long pass to the Bengals blueline, and Eli scored the breakaway goal.  Ethan Bishop picked up his 1st GCHSHL win with 15 saves, as the Viking finished with a 26-21 shot advantage.

The Vikings host the Kenston Bombers at Center Ice tomorrow at 3:40pm.


November 29, 2009


The Hoover Vikings will open the GCHSHL White Division regular season on Saturday, December 5th at 5:00pm against the Benedictine Bengals at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center.  The Bengals are new to the White Division this season, having dropped down from the Red Division in the off-season.  The Vikes will have their home opener on Sunday, December 6th at 3:40pm against the Kenston Bombers, who are also new to the White Division, having moved up from the Blue Division in the off-season.


November 29, 2009


The Springboro Panthers knocked off the Vikings by a 3-2 margin in the final game of the Beavercreek "Frozencreek" Tournament on Sunday morning.  The Vikings put out a respectable effort, despite playing without senior center Kevin Deane; and got a excellent effort in goal from freshman Kirk Greenho - who came up with 32 saves in his high school hockey debut.

Springboro took a 1-0 lead in the first period, scoring at the 7:41 mark.  The Panthers extended their advantage to 2-0 at 5:50 of the second period, and to 3-0 with 1 minute remaining in the second.  T.R. Krucek's unassisted goal with just 11 seconds remaining in the period gave the Vikings some momentum going into the final period.

The Vikings came out strong in the 3rd period, getting a goal from Mason Koonce (assisted by Jordan Oblein) just 56 seconds in to pull within 3-2.  However, the Vikes could not score the equalizer.  The Vikes were outshot by the Panthers 35-23, as the Vikings ran all 4 lines throughout the game.


November 28, 2009


The Vikings went into game 3 needing a victory and 4 points to make it to the tournament championship game.  Things looked promising after Dave Piero assisted Eli Jones on a goal at the 5:19 mark of the 1st period to put the Vikings up 1-0 over the tournament host Beavercreek Beavers.

The Beavers came back to take the 2nd period by a 3-2 margin.  Kevin Deane put the Vikes up 2-0 at 1:29 into the 2nd, with Jordan Oblein and Mason Koonce assisting, but Beavercreek tied it at 2-2 with goals at 5:24 and 6:28.  An unassisted goal by T.R. Krucek put the Vikings back on top at 10:33 of the period, but the Beavers scored 1 minute later to tie the game at 3-3 and win the point for the period.

The Beavers put the game, and a spot in the championship game, away with 2 goals in the 3rd period.  The Vikings could not manage to find the back of the net, despite 12-7 for the period, and 40-19 for the game.

The Vikings will face the Springboro Panthers in the 3rd place consolation game on Sunday morning at 10:40am.


November 28, 2009


The Centerville Elks outlasted the Vikings in Game 2 of the Frozencreek Tournament on Saturday morning by a score of 4-2, and also took 4 of 5 points, sending the Vikes to third place in the tournament standings.

The Elks took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period, getting a goal just 1:24 into the period and with just 25 seconds remaining in the period.  The Vikings were outshot 13-4.  The Vikings came back to win the 2nd period 1-0 to pull to within 2-1.  Eli Jones put the Vikes on the scoreboard with a powerplay goal at 12:41 of the period, getting assists from Mason Koonce and T.R. Krucek.  The Elks continued to outshoot the Vikings by a 12-5 margin in the 2nd period.

Hoover tied the game on a Kevin Deane powerplay goal at 6:05 into the 3rd period, with Krucek and Jordan Oblein getting the assists.  The Elks answered with a goal just 46 seconds later, and finished off the win with an goal at the 12:13 mark.  Ethan Bishop stopped 33 of 37 shots for the game.

The Vikings will have to win, and take at least 4 points in Game 3 against Beavercreek to earn a Championship Game rematch with Centerville on Sunday.


The November 27, 2009


The Hoover Vikings opened the 2009-2010 regular season with a 7-3 win over the Troy Trojans in their first game of the Frozencreek Tournament in Kettering, OH.  The tournament uses a "per period" scoring system, and the Vikings took 4-1/2 of 5 points, putting them in 2nd place behind Centerville after 1 game.

The Vikes took a 1-0 lead at 1:20 into the game on a goal by Jordan Oblein, with Kevin Deane getting an assist.  The Trojans scored at 3:44 to tie the game, but the Vikings retook the lead at 10:44 on a goal by Eli Jones that was also assisted by Deane.  A Trojan goal just 50 seconds later tied the score at 2-2, and proved to be the last goal of the period - earning each team 1/2 point.

The Vikings scored at 5:12 of the 2nd period, getting a shorthanded goal from Neal Greenho, who's shot glanced off a Troy defenseman's stick and past the goalie.  Dave Werwinski and Deane assisted on the goal, which put the Vikes up 3-2.  Mason Koonce was credited with an unassisted goal at 12:35 of the 2nd period to put the Vikings up 4-2, and earn the Vikings 1 point for the period.

The Trojans opened the scoring in the 3rd period at the 3:07 mark, but the Vikings roared back with 3 unanswered goals to take the period and the game by a 7-3 final margin.  Eli Jones and Jordan Oblein assisted Kevin Deane at the 5:34 mark.  Oblein picked up his second goal of the game at the 12:08 mark, with Deane assisting in a 4-on-4 situation.  The final Viking goal was scored by David Piero, with Koonce and T.R. Krucek assisting at 14:06 of the 3rd period.

Ethan Bishop finished the game with 28 saves on 31 shots, as the Vikings outshot the Trojans 39-31 for the game.  The Vikings will face the Centerville Elks at 8:00am on Saturday.  The Elks took 5 points from the Springboro Panthers in their opening game, winning by a 5-1 margin.


November 22, 2009


The Normandy Invaders hosted the Vikings in the final tune up for the regular season on Saturday night in Parma.  The action was fast paced, with the teams playing to a 2-2 tie in the 1st period.  The Invaders made the most of their scoring opportunities to win the 2nd period 4-0.  The Vikings came back strong in the 3rd period, outscoring Normandy 4-1, including a goal with 4.1 seconds remaining.

The Vikings now get ready to travel to travel to Kettering, Ohio for the Beavercreek "Frozencreek" Thanksgiving Tournament.  The Vies will face the Troy Trojans on Friday, then take on the Centerville Elks and Beavercreek Beavers on Saturday, closing with an opponent TBD on Sunday.


November 16, 2009


The Hoover Vikings have put 3 good efforts together in preseason scrimmage action thus far.  The Vikes played the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (White Division) after just 1 official practice on Saturday, November 7th at Center Ice.  The teams battled to a 0-0 score in the 1st period, the Vikes took the 2nd period 2-1, and the Bulldogs took the 3rd period 2-0.

The Vikings took on the Kent Roosevelt Roughriders (moving down to Blue Division) on November 12th at KSU, and the Vikes had the best of the action in all three periods, winning the 1st 5-3, the 2nd 2-0 and the 3rd 2-0.

The Vikings also outscored the Hudson Explorers (Red Division) on November 15th at Center Ice.  The Explorers were evaluating many of their "bubble" players for spots on the varsity roster, but the Vikings played well in all aspects of the game once again.  The 1st period ended tied 1-1, the Vikings took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity to start the 2nd period to score 2 goals within 12 seconds and went on to win the period 4-0, and the Vikes scored the only goal of the 3rd period.

Ethan Bishop has looked good in goal through the 3 scrimmages, playing into the 3rd period in each.  Kirk Greenho has seen action in the 3rd period of each scrimmage, and has allowed only 1 goal.

The Vikings will have their final preseason tune-up this coming Saturday, November 21st against the Parma-Reis Rink against the Normandy Invaders (White Division).


October 18, 2009


The new preseason and regular season schedules have been added to the calendar.  The Vikings will open the preseason schedule with a home scrimmage against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs on Saturday, November 7th at 3:40pm.  The Vikings will also host the Hudson Explorers on Sunday, November 15th at 3:40pm.  Hoover will travel to Kent Roosevelt and Normandy for away scrimmage.

The Vikings will open the regular season on the road at the Frozencreek Thanksgiving Tournament in Kettering, OH on November 27-29: where they will face the Troy Trojans, Centerville Elks and Beavercreek Beavers.  The Vikings will open GCHSHL White East Division action on Saturday, December 5th against the Benedictine Bengals at Cleveland Heights.  

February 28, 2009


The Vikings gave it a good effort in the OHSAA Kent District quarter final game with the Gilmour Academy Lancers, but they just could not convert any scoring chances and fell 5-0 to end the 2008-2009 season with a 19-11-2 overall record.

Gilmour scored 2 in the 1st period, 1 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd to record the shutout victory.  The Vikings were outshot 37-25 for the game, with senior goalie Alex Palomba making 32 saves in his final appearance in net for Hoover.  Gilmour will go on to face Mentor Lake Catholic in the semi-final game on Tuesday night.  University School will face Shaker Heights in the other semi-final on Monday night.  Both games are at the KSU Ice Arena.


February 26, 2009


The Hoover Vikings will play the Gilmour Academy Lancers in the quarter-finals of the OHSAA Kent District hockey tournament on Saturday at 3:00pm.  This will be the Vikings first ever meeting with the Lancers, who were the state runner-ups last season, losing to St. Edwards 3-1 in the championship game.  The winner of the Hoover-Gilmour game will face the winner of the Lake Catholic-Mentor game in the District semi-finals.


February 22, 2009


It took 53 1/2 minutes to do it, but the Vikings outlasted the Hudson High Explorers to earn a 6-5 victory in the 2nd overtime in the 2nd round of the OHSSA District Hockey Tournament at KSU on Sunday.  Kevin Deane scored the game winner while the Vikings were on a 5-on-3 powerplay just 23 seconds into the 2nd overtime period.

The Vikings took the early lead in the 1st period, with T.R. Krucek scoring with 5:27 remaining and David Piero getting the assist.  Brett Evans put the Vikes up 2-0 with 4:12 remaining, with linemates Scott Saba and Kevin Deane assisting.  The Explorers responded with 2 goals in the last 2:17 of the period to make it a 2-2 tie going into the 1st intermission.  Alex Palomba stopped 8 of 10 shots for the period, as shots were even at 10 each.

Hudson took a 3-2 lead on a powerplay goal at 4:44 into the 2nd period, but the Vikings responded with a Brett Evans short-handed goal at the 8:27 mark to knot the score at 3-3.  Hudson tallied a short-handed goal of their own with 1:51 reamining to lead 4-3 after 2 periods.

Jeff Haberman fed Kevin Deane for a goal at 8:48 into the 3rd period to tie the game at 4-4.  Hudson retook the lead with 3:28 remaining, but Scott Saba scored to tie it 5-5 with 2:51 remaining (assisted by Evans).  The Vikings held off a furious Hudson attack at the end of regulation to force overtime.

The first 8 minute overtime period was scoreless, but the Vikings were able to