BARON CUP I FINAL: Rocky River Pirates vs Mentor Cardinals

By Sean Duffy

Brooklyn OH- The Baron Cup I championship game features the top two teams in the Red Division.  The #2 seed Rocky River Pirates are 10-2 in league play and earned their way to the  championship game  by defeating #7 Cleveland Heights 10-0 in the quarter finals and the #3 Strongsville Mustangs 6-0 in the semifinals.  As the #1 seed Mentor earned a first round bye and defeated #4 Hudson 5-1 in the semifinals.  It is sure be a great matchup between the two top teams in the Red Division.

Mentor get on the board within the first minute of the game, Kyle Backston would score for the cardinals with 14:35 remaining.  Mentor would add to their lead shortly thereafter thanks to a goal from Cameron Mocny , Mentor led 2-0 with 13:06 remaining. The pirates saw things go from bad to worse as they would give up a power play goal to Kyle Backston, his second of the game,  Mentor now led 3-0 with 7:42 remaining in the period.  Mentor would score again this time getting a goal from Tyler Velionosikis.  At the end of the 1st period the momentum was squarely on the side of the Cardinals, while the Pirates will look to get something going in 2nd period to get back into the game as they found themselves in down 4-0.

While the 1st period saw Mentor build a 4 goal lead, the second period really showcased how Mentor protected that lead.  Goalie Alex Toth was under a constant barrage of shot from the Pirates.  Toth faced 22 shots in the period stopping but one, a goal by James Byall, and saw his team add another goal to their lead, a really impressive goal by Mitchell Elliot.  At the end of the 2nd period Mentor still held a 4 goal lead over Rocky River.  The Pirates again going to intermission looking for some way to come back.

The Mentor Cardinals were not allowing any miraculous comeback by the Pirates.  Led by Goalie Alex Toth, Did not allow a goal to  be scored in the third period.  Mentor’s Mitchell Elliot would add one more goal  late in the period.  That goal would be all that was needed as Mentor would emerge victorious 6-1 over the Rocky River Pirates.

Rocky River will finish in the runner up position for the Baron Cup I, they were led offensively by James Byall who scored the only pirate goal of the night.

Mentor wins its second consecutive Baron Cup I Championship.  Cardinals had goals from Mitchell Elliott and Kyle Backston each scoring two goals on the night. Cameron Mocny and Tyler Velioniskis each having one goal.  The Cardinals player of the game is goalie Alex Toth, surrendering only 1 goal on 49 shot attempts.

Congratulations to the 2020 Baron Cup I Champion Mentor Cardinals!

So long from Brooklyn




REPLAY: SOT High School Hockey Game of the Week Strongsville Mustangs versus Rocky River Pirates 1-24-2020

REPLAY: SOT High School Hockey Game of the Week Strongsville Mustangs versus Rocky River Pirates 1-24-2020

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SOT High School Hockey Game of the Week: Strongsville Mustangs vs Rocky River Pirates



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





Great Lakes Conference Week 10 Scores

Medina Buckeye (8-2 Overall, 7-1 GLC) 42 Parma (2-8, 1-7) 7

Parma Heights Holy Name (8-2, 7-1) 42 Fairview (3-7, 2-6) 7

Elyria Catholic (7-3, 6-2) 35 Rocky River (5-5, 3-5) 7

Parma Heights Valley Forge (5-5, 4-4) 63 Parma Normandy (0-10, 0-8) 0

Richfield Revere (5-5) 23 Bay (7-3, 6-2) 21

GLC Playoff Teams (Unofficial from Joe Eitel)

Division 3 Region 10 – Medina Buckeye, Parma Heights Holy Name, Bay

Division 5 Region 18 – Elyria Catholic

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Week 9 Great Lakes Conference Scoreboard

Parma Heights Holy Name (7-2 overall, 6-1, GLC) 42 Parma Heights Valley Forge (4-5, 3-4) 37

Medina Buckeye (7-2, 6-1) 42 Rocky River (5-4, 3-4) 17

Bay (7-2, 6-2) 37 Parma (2-7, 1-6) 12

Elyria Catholic (6-3, 5-2) 68 Parma Normandy (0-9, 0-7) 20

Fairview (3-6, 2-5) 38 Cleveland John Marshall (5-4) 20

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Great Lakes Conference Week 9 Schedule and Standings

GLC Week 8

Parma @ Bay

Rocky River @ Medina Buckeye

Elyria Catholic @ Parma Normandy

Parma Heights Valley Forge @ Parma Heights Holy Name

Cleveland John Marshall @ Fairview

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Great Lakes Conference Week 8 Scoreboard

Elyria Catholic (5-3 Overall, 4-2 GLC) 41 Parma Heights Holy Name (6-2, 5-1) 20

Medina Buckeye (6-2, 5-1) 63 Parma Normandy (0-8, 0-6) 14

Parma Heights Valley Forge (4-4, 3-3) 42 Fairview (2-6, 2-5) 14

SOT Podcast Game of the Week

Bay (6-2, 4-2) 34 Rocky River (5-3, 3-3) 17

Saturday, October 19

Garfield Heights at Parma

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