Written by: Cole Liggett
Brooklyn, Ohio – The final game of the Baron Cup came to you as Shaker Heights Raiders (8-2-0) went up against the North Olmsted Eagles (8-1-1). The Raiders wore white jerseys with red trim and rocked the red shells while North Olmsted wore black jerseys with orange trim and was rocking the black shells. Shaker Heights controlled the puck as they took a total of 39 shots compared to North Olmsted’s 13 shots to goal. Shaker Heights came out on top 8 to 0 as they become the Baron Cup I Champions for the second year in a row.
It started off for both teams as a physical game but Shaker got points first as early on in the first period Daniel Ritts hit a goal that made it a 1 – 0 game. Stephen Staffon of the Raiders scored a goal from a Ben Greenberg assist at the 10:32 mark to make it a quick 2 – 0 game.
In the second period, Shaker Heights went on a roll as they scored three goals to make it a 5 – 0 game. Only 2:28 into the game Ryan Wheeler that was assisted Chris Strnisha that made it a 3 goal lead at 3 – 0. Later in the period at the 1:42 Ben Greenberg hit a beautiful shot that ended up in the back of the net from a assist from Stratton and Anderson.
With seconds to go on the clock Daniel Ritts got a short handed goal from a Britt Anderson assist to close out the middle period with a 5 – 0 lead for the Raiders. Going into the final period of the night, Shaker Heights had a demanding 5 to 0 lead over North Olmsted. It wasn’t enough as DC Benincasa scored a goal from a Campbell / Pollack assist to extend the lead to 6 – 0.
Daniel Ritts had a night he will forever remember as he hit a hat trick of goals to extend the lead to a quick 7 – 0. Shaker Heights final goal of the night came late in the game to seal the deal as DC Benincasa scores another goal to move it to a 8 – 0 score.
Shaker Heights claimed their second straight Baron Cup and plan onto three-peat next year.
— AllSportsCleveland (@AllSports_CLE) February 13, 2017
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