The Olmsted Falls Hockey team pulled off what many considered two upsets over the weekend to bring home 2016-17 Baron Cup. The coveted trophy has been around since 1971 and the Bulldogs made history by winning it for the first time in over 40 years of hockey at the school.
On Friday the team jumped out early and often against the number two seeded and 20-4-1, Chagrin Falls Tigers, 4-0 in the first period. Sophomore Dom Conte lit the lamp first, only 1:19 into the game. Sophomore twins Mikey and Max Kirth-Gruczsynski also scored in the period, and senior captain Bailey Carson finished off the scoring with a goal of his own. Cam Wilson added the team’s second power play goal of the game with an assist from Max Kirth-Gruczsynski for the only goal of the second period and a 5-0 lead heading into the third period. The story of the game however was the amazing job the Bulldog defense did on the top scoring team in the division. Senior captain Will Moyse played an awesome game and helped goalie Zach Snyder keep Chagrin off the board until 6:44 left in the game. The final score Bulldogs 5 Chagrin Falls 1…onto the Baron Cup Championship.
The task would not be easy, as the Bulldogs played against the top seeded and 27-6-1 Avon Eagles on Sunday for the right to take home the Cup. This time it was Avon getting on the board first, but that was all the Bulldogs would allow. Freshman Zach Henley drew the team even, and Senior leader Cam Wilson put the bulldogs ahead for good in the first period on the power play. No goals were scored in the second, but the third saw the Bulldogs go crazy. First, Senior Bailey Carson found the back of the net through traffic and then Senior Patrick Kerr gave the Bulldogs the coveted 3 goal lead, with the team’s 4th goal, shorthanded. With a 4-1 lead and 3 minutes remaining the Eagles got desperate and puled their goalie. Sophomores Jake Kerkay and Dom Conte calmly netted two more shorthanded goals, and a 6-1 final. The scoring was amazing, but again a defense lead by Will Mosye, Jake Kerkay, Bailey Carson, Jackson McMahan, and goalie Zach Snyder, managed to keep the high scoring Eagles to just one goal.
Both of these games were complete team efforts and the hockey team would like to thank everyone that came out and supported us during our championship run. We are extremely proud of our school, community and the effort we put forth to become Baron Cup Champions.