Baron Cup Championship Sunday Replays

We had incredible action on AllSportsCleveland.com and our exclusive radio coverage of the 2017 Baron Cup. Below is the Championship “Best Of” Timeline as well as full game replays of all the championship games.

Baron Cup III Championship: CVCA vs. Aurora

Baron Cup II Championship: Avon vs. Olmsted Falls

Baron Cup I Championship: Shaker Heights vs. North Olmsted

Baron Cup III Recap

Adam Eisen

Today’s game between the #3 Aurora Greenmen and the #4 CVCA Royals was incredible. This was a matchup between lower seeded teams that showed the number in front of their team name meant absolutely nothing. We watched two incredible teams lay everything on the line and be proud of the way they played.

The first period was two teams that had the transition game going well and two goalies who were playing the position well from a fundamental position. Aurora had some opportunities that they missed. Would those come back to haunt them later?

The second period saw the Greenmen of Aurora come out really aggressively. They supported the puck well, stayed disciplined and exploited CVCA’s desire to play a perimeter game. CVCA’s goalie, Brooks Montgomery, started to struggle seeing the puck and gave up a goal. 1-0 Aurora at the end of the second period. Oh, and CVCA’s superstar defenseman, Hayden Dickerson left for the locker room with just over three minutes remaining in the period and his team trailing.

The third period seemed to spell doom and gloom for CVCA and their faithful but they stuck with it. Soon the momentum began to shift from Aurora thinking this game was theirs for the taking to playing to not lose the game. Hayden Dickerson was able to start the third period and seemed to be fine. Aurora managed to keep it clean, until that shift in momentum. It became clear that CVCA wanted it more and got it, when they tied the game at 1. Aurora began to feel it slipping away and took a penalty right at the end of the period, with the game heading into overtime.

So for the fourth consecutive game in this tournament, we were getting extra hockey. Overtime starting with special teams is never a good thing but Aurora killed off the penalty. Then, barely two minutes into the extra frame, Dickerson proved how clutch he is as he rifled that sneaky wrist shot of his past Joseph Brockway and won the Baron Cup III for the CVCA Royals.

Extra Credit

Adam Eisen

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.

Aurora Wins OT Thriller in Baron Cup III Semi Final

By: Cole Liggett

BROOKLYN, Ohio – It was a packed house inside the John M. Coyne Center as Brooklyn Hurricanes (12-0-0) battle against the Aurora Greenmen (6-5-1). It was a wild game as both teams battled but Aurora came out on top after a wild finish winning it 5 to 4.

In the first, the Greenmen started of their day by scoring a goal 17 seconds into the game with a goal from Tomi Piriren to jump to a 1-0  lead. Later on in the first period, Pirinen scores another goal to extend their lead.

Brooklyn bounced back as they scored a goal from a power play to make it a 2-1 contest. At the end of the first period, both teams ran into trouble as Joe Capretta got a misconduct penalty for kicking a player and was ejected with 40 seconds to go in the first period.

Early in the middle period, the crowd went wild as Brooklyn’s Matt Crossman scores a goal to tie the game up at two. Aaron Wrost scores a goal minutes later to have the Hurricanes extend their lead to a 3 to 2. Brooklyn got on a hot streak as Travis Nieves scores to make it a 4 to 2 contest to close out the second period.

The third period is when the game took a turn as Tomi Pirinen gets a hat trick and slims the lead down to one. With seconds ticking down until the final buzzer freshman Patrick Murray scores his first career goal to tie the game up at 4-4 and sends the game into overtime.

It was a crazy, fast paced overtime period, but the Greenmen came out on top 5-4 after Nick Capretta scores the game winning shot to have the Aurora Greenmen punch their ticket to the championship game and will face CVCA in the Baron Cup III championship on Sunday at 1:00pm.

 

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