By Sean Duffy
Brooklyn, OH- Baron Cup II final features team from the White Division, The #2 Seeded Avon Lake Shoremen defeated #7 Solon 3-2 in the Quarterfinals, and #6 Avon 4-3 in 2 OT in the semifinals to earn their spot in the championship game. #1 seeded Amherst defeated #8 Aurora 6-1 in the quarterfinals, and #5 North Olmsted 8-1 in the semifinals. The top 2 seeds face off for the Baron Cup II Championship.
the 1st period started off with a lot of back and forth between the two teams. It was Amherst who drew first blood with a goal from Jacob Kramer, Comets led 1-0 with 8:32 remaining. Jacob Kramer would score his second goal of the game shortly after that to give Amherst a 2-0 lead with 7:33 remaining. Avon Lake was on the attack all period but finally broke through with a goal from Nick Ospelt to cut the comet lead to 2-1 with 2:30 remaining. Amherst would again the extend the their lead with a goal from Nick Ciura. As the 1st period came to an end Amherst led Avon Lake by a score of 3-1.
The 2nd period started out much like the 1st period, as each team struggled to get anything going offensively. Avon Lake’s Luke Farthing would score the first goal of the period, the Comets now led 3-2 with 9:11 remaining. Amherst’s Jacob Kramer would complete his hat trick scoring his third goal of the game, with 7:37 remaining in the period. As the period came to an end Amherst had many opportunities to add to their lead but really great defense by Avon Lake, especially being short handed, kept the score 4-2 as the period game to an end. Heading into the 3rd period it the physicality and intensity for the players, coaches,and the fans was indeed palpable.
The 3rd period was an intense period for both squads, each team was in attack mode, and tried to capitalize on any advantage they could get. however, neither team was able to score a goal in the final period. At the end the Amherst Comets were able to hold off Avon Lake for a 4-2 Victory.
Avon Lake finished runner up for the Baron Cup II and had goals from Nick Ospelt and Luke Farthing.
The Amherst Comets are the 2020 Baron Cup II Champion, it is the Comets 3rd straight Baron Cup II Championship. Amherst was led by player of the game Jacob Kramer who scored 3 goals on the game for a hat trick. Amherst’s Nick Ciura also had a goal to go along with his 3 assists in the game
Congratulations the 2020 Baron Cup II Champions the Amherst Comets!!