Listening to the games yesterday as a studio analyst wore me out. I cannot imagine how the teams that play today feel. Of course there is another group who deserves credit and those are the teams that lost yesterday.
Often in sports we talk about winners vs. losers. Today and ten years from now, the teams that lost will still be upset about losing. However they deserve respect and admiration for playing their hearts out yesterday.
So what does that have to do with the title of this piece? Extra credit? There is an overarching theme from yesterday’s games. That theme is that Aurora, North Olmsted and Shaker Heights had no business winning their games yesterday.
A shaky goaltender can cost you dearly. Liam Siwik’s teammates bailed him out yesterday. I would suspect he will show up much more focused for the Baron Cup championship game against North Olmsted.
Speaking of North Olmsted, how is it that a team with 11 skaters and two goalies manage to play a quadruple overtime game and then turn around against Shaker Heights? Well, they are the proverbial little engine that could. They are not going to back down. This game has the chance to be the game of the day, and that’s saying something when you think about the fact that there are three title games today.
Finally, there is one last team that needs to be recognized for their extra credit. The Aurora Greenmen. In hockey, there’s a saying: a two goal lead is the worst lead in hockey. Against Brooklyn, this theory proved correct. Aurora is up 2-0, give up four unanswered goals. Brooklyn had home ice advantage throughout the tournament. Aurora’s captain, Joe Capretta, got tossed in the first period yesterday. The game was seemingly lost. Then, with all of five seconds left Aurora tied it up at 4 and managed to win it in overtime.
With all three of these teams playing overtime games and spending the day on an emotional roller coaster, they will need that extra credit today to give their teams every opportunity to win.