Beavers took down the Strongsville Mustangs 3-2 to in their opening game of the 2021 Walter F Ehrnfelt Tournament. After an unexpected two week hiatus, the Beavers were a little rusty, but came away with a victory. The game started rough when Strongsville scored the first goal after a little over one minute into the contest. Creek tied it up with a power play goal by Sophomore Joey Donahue off an assist from Senior Braden Cox. The game remained tied until Strongsville scored with about three minutes remaining in the period to go up 2-1 at the first intermission.
The second period was all Beavers as Junior Goalie Ben Duford kept the Mustangs out of the net the entire frame with several stellar saves. Creek went on the attack with Junior Thomas Bush drilling home a shot off a nifty behind the net pass from Riley Hanson halfway through the period to tie the game. Creek continued to pressure Strongsville and went ahead for good on a goal by Sophomore Joe Martin off a rebound from Thomas Bush. The Beavers went into the ice cut with a 3-2 advantage.
The third period saw no scoring from either team. The Beavers played stingy defense to keep the Mustangs off the board. The Creek D and Goalie Ben Duford survived Strongsville’s two man advantage in the final two minutes of the game to secure the victory. Creek is back in action this afternoon against Harborcreek, PA.