Matt Morris scored four times and Jakari Desphy earned another shutout as Walsh Jesuit blitzed Padua Franciscan 9-0 on Saturday, January 6.
Max Miotke and Steven LeVasseur each scored twice on a line that also featured the stylistic creations of Sacha Trudel.
But a scoring summary does not adequately describe the complete team effort. The Warriors consistently found a potent tactic in the third-man open in the high-slot, one of them a slick pass from the lower left circle by Geremy Davison for a Miotke score, and another a powerful one-timer by Morris as fed by Gabriel. Cook and Morris worked together in a tight space behind their own blue line on a give-n-go while blocking out fore-checkers to spring Gabriel up the ice for another goal.
Steady and solid Nick Neiger blocked shots, Easton Kindall earned an assist while blasting pucks at the net, and Jake Ambach stalled a dangerous Bruin 2-on-1 by sliding to force a shot wide. Anthony Calleri also made some noise with several scoring chances helped by Matt Lasker and Jackson Carrell, twice in the last minute which would have ended the game by mercy rule.
The St. Edward buzzing offense and stifling defense slowed Walsh Jesuit's march on the road in the first game after the break and the Eagles posted a 2-0 win in the Great Lakes Hockey League over the Warriors.
There were chances both ways, but the Eagles seemed just more ready to go. Both defensive units played well down low in the crease area. Notably, Easton Kindall, Connor Coughlin, and Charlie Huscroft stayed with a cycling attack for the Warriors to consistently repel a second and third option via interception or block. However the Eagles eventually overwhelmed the Warriors twice from close in, once just following a power play.
The Warriors displayed a similar attack but never closed. Puck support showed up a bit slower and at times without the extra player to keep the attack alive after the first attempt. In the end, St. Ed's outshot WJ 20-13.
Steven LeVasseur came up big in overtime against Rocky River, scoring the winning goal as Walsh Jesuit got by the Pirates 2-1 to capture the Shupe Tournament title.
Gavin Davison orchestrated one of the tournament-winning assists. He worked the puck from behind the net on one side to Miotke down low who was stopped but forced the puck up and out the other side for LeVasseur, scoring from beneath the slot hash.
The Warriors had advanced to the final by downing Rocky River earlier, 3-1, as LeVasseur scored a pair of goals.
After jumping out to a 4-1 advantage, Walsh Jesuit held off a persistent Columbus St. Charles squad to prevail 4-3 on Wednesday, December 27 in the Shupe Tournament at the Kent State Ice Arena.
Max Miotke scored the game winner early in the third period, but it didn’t seem that way at the time as it put the Warriors up 4-1. Miotke’s goal came as a result of some hard battling and teamwork by Easton Kindall, who leads the team in plus/minus rating, and Steven LeVasseur near their own blue line as they repeatedly refused to let the Cardinals enter. Kindall freed the puck for LeVasseur who sent it along the boards for Miotke in stride and his ensuing shot from a left angle found the upper right corner. However, St. Charles immediately scored twice to close the gap and provide a threat the rest of the way.
Jonathan Gabriel’s dominating four-goal performance earned the Walsh Jesuit hockey squad a 4-4 tie with Buffalo Grove in the third-place game of the Cornfield Cup on Sunday, December 10 at Culver Academy's Henderson Arena.
Walsh Jesuit avenged an earlier overtime loss to Holy Name on Saturday, December 2 by turning the tables on the Green Wave and posting a 3-2 overtime win in a late evening game in Parma.
Less than 2 weeks ago, the Green Wave took down the Warriors, 4-3 in overtime at Kent State. Holy Name and Walsh Jesuit have been fierce rivals over the past 13 seasons but the Warriors hold a 22-8-1 series record.
Lead by stellar performances from seniors Matt Morris, Jakhari Desphy, Max Miotke and Jonathan Gabriel, the Walsh Jesuit hockey squad finished off Shaker Heights 2-1 in the Thanksgiving Invitational at the Kent State University Ice Arena on Sunday, November 26.
Walsh Jesuit unveiled a welcome new facet of its character in this young hockey season, one willing to get gritty, in defeating Bethel Park (Pa.) 3-0 at the Thanksgiving Invitational at the Kent State University Ice Arena on Saturday, November 25.
The Walsh Jesuit hockey team came out tentative in their first league game of the year against Holy Name, falling behind 3-0 to the visiting Green Wave before storming back but ultimately falling 4-3 in overtime at the Kent State University Ice Arena On November 18.
Special teams accounted for all the scoring as the Walsh Jesuit hockey team tied Toledo St. John, 2-2, in The Thanksgiving Invitiational opener for both teams at Kent State Univeristy on Friday, November 24.
St. John's eight penalties helped the WJ power play gel as the Warriors scored twice. However, they also gave up a shorthanded tally to the Titans. The Warriors had a 30-19 shot advantage but their four penalties included a 5-minute major in the third period which the Titans used to tie up the game.