By Sean Duffy
Rocky River, OH- It is high school hockey night in Northeast Ohio once again, and Sports On Tap is got a fantastic match up in the GCHSHL Red Division. The Strongsville Mustangs (15-9, 4-3) are currently third in the Red Division, they will look to improve that ranking as they travel to face the second ranked Rocky River Pirates (15-6, 5-1). The Baron Cup is on the horizon, and league wins are at a premium, it is sure to be a great Red division showdown as the Mustangs and Pirates drop the puck.
From the outset Rocky River was on attack mode, consistently finding themselves in the mustang zone. The pirates would take the lead on a Alex Parnell goal, with 7:48 left in the first period pirates led 1-0. Strongsville would answer with a goal from Jacob Schuette, with 3:12 left in the first period the score was tied 1-1. The pirates would again take a one goal lead thanks to a goal from Ethan Routenberg and the Pirates led 2-1 with 2:17 remaining in the period. The Mustangs would again tie the score thanks to a goal from Nathan Dubsky. The first period came to an end with score tied 2-2.
The second period saw the Pirates impose their will on the Mustangs, Rocky River would control the puck for majority of the period . The pirates would score early and often in the second period. The first coming from Hayden Weaver at the 10:18 mark, Pirates led 3-2. Luke Mallet would score the second Pirates goal at the 8:48 mark extending the lead pirate lead 4-2. Ethan Routenberg would score his second goal on the night, coming on a pirates power play. Rocky River led 5-2 with 2:22 remaining in the second period. Logan Fortune would score the Pirates fourth goal of the period on a absolutely beautiful top shelf shot. Rocky River held a commanding 6-2 lead as the second period came to a conclusion.
At the opening of the third period Strongsville had its work cut out for them as they were down four goals. However much like the first two periods Rocky River would dominate the period. Rocky River would score three goals in the final period, 2 goals from Reece Rochester and another from Aiden Dempsey. The third period would come to an end with the final score 9-2 in favor of the Rocky River Pirates.
The Strongsville Mustangs fall to 15-10 and 4-4 in Red division play. they will look to rebound from this loss on 1/25/20 as they play host to Benedictine.
Rocky River improves to 16-6 and 6-1 in Red division play. They were led by Ethan Routenberg and Reece Rochester each having two goals on the evening. The Pirates will look to continue their winning ways as they travel to face Hudson on 1/25/20.
Great atmosphere here in Rocky River, so long from Sports on Tap