Beavercreek was back at it Saturday night when they took on the Harborcreek Huskies for what was their second game of the Walter F. Ehrnfelt Memorial Tournament at OBM Arena in Strongsville. The Beavers started off the game flat footed and found themselves down 2-0 three minutes into the game. They got their game on after that and finally got on the board with five minutes remaining in the period when PJ Kosir went coast to coast and lit the lamp for the Beavers. Unfortunately the Huskies scored on the next shift and pushed their lead back up to two. However, Creek won the ensuing face off and Cole Gutterman stole an errant clearing pass and buried a shot five hole, cutting the Huskies’ lead to 3-2. The Huskies got the lone goal in the second and Beavers found themselves down 4-2 at the second intermission. Midway through the third, during a Creek power play opportunity Joey Duford made a shot into traffic that resulted in a rebounded shot from Mason Mikesch that Gutterman slipped past the Huskies’ goal tender, cutting the Beavers’ deficit to 4-3. Unfortunately, Creek was not able to get any closer and they ended up losing 5-3. Kevin Bovair was between the pipes for the Beavers and turned away 31 shots on the evening.
What was perhaps the most frustrating aspect of this game was the lax officiating. This author thought that the “O” in OHSAA stood for Ohio, but in the southern part of the state this is interference, this is roughing, this is charging, and tomahawk chops with the stick are a big no no. It is difficult to assess what is worse, the infractions, the officials not making the calls, or the cheering approval from the Huskie fans. Fortunately, no one got hurt.
Next up for the Beavers is a date with the Strongsville Mustangs Sunday night at OBM Arena for what will be their third and final game of round robin play.