The holiday tournament season continues this week with Walsh Jesuit hosting the Shupe Tournament and Gilmour Academy hosting the Brother James.
Heading into the Christmas break, three of the five members of the Great Lakes Hockey League held positions in the top seven of the state rankings: University School (#5), Gilmour (#6) and Padua Franciscan (#7).
All five members of the league look to finish out 2022 on a high note this week before resuming league play in the first week of January.
Gilmour Academy hosts the Brother James Tournament this week, welcoming seven other teams to Gates Mills including GLHL rival University School and OHSAA powers from other parts of the state like Upper Arlington and Sylvania Northview. The Lancers opened with a 3-3 tie against Team Indiana on Wednesday night and will also face UA and the Dayton Stealth in group play…GA has not played since December 17 when they were shut out by Erie Cathedral Prep (PA), 3-0. They defeated Kiski School (WV), 6-1, on December 13. Mathew Bauman (2-1-3) and Cole Bridges (1-2-3) each had three points in that game and Miles Greenwald stopped 13/14 shots for the win.
An undefeated (3-0-0) run through group play was not enough to land the Bruins a spot in the championship game of the 2022 Padua Holiday Hockey Tournament as University School and Olentangy Liberty both accumulated more points. Liberty went on to defeat Upper Arlington in the championship game – the second straight year a pair of Columbus-area schools faced off in the championship of the prestigious tournament that drew 12 of the top 15 rated teams in the OHSAA…Padua defeated Upper Arlington (5-3), St. Charles (4-2) and Findlay (4-3) to extend their winning streak to eight games before dropping their final contest to Toledo St. John’s (1-0). Shane Helman registered eight points (5-3-8) in the three preliminary round games and has 27 points (13-14-27) in 15 games on the season. He leads the GLHL in goals and points…Padua will try to get a new winning streak started this weekend when they play three games at the Western PA Hockey Scholastic Showcase.
The Red Raiders went into the Christmas break on a sluggish 1-5-1 run that included losing three of their four games at the Padua Tournament. Shaker topped St. Charles 2-0 with Cooper Mears posted a 32-save shutout while Emmett Luzar and Isaac Miller supplied the goals. Mears is now 4-6-1 on the season with a 2.98 goals-against average and .888 save percentage…Jack Camp had a six-game point streak snapped in a 4-2 loss to Findlay on December 16. The senior forward collected nine points (3-6-9) during that stretch…Junior forward Sammy Gerber leads the team with nine goals and is tied with Camp for the team lead in points (13)…Shaker returns to the ice January 4 when they host St. Edward.
Despite a 4-0-0 record University School, like the host Bruins, did not accumulate enough points to make it to the championship game at the Padua Tournament. The Preppers defeated Findlay, 3-0, in the third-place consolation game. The shutout was one of three for US in their last six games. Sharp goaltending from Cooper Pettipiece and Noah Caballero has allowed the Preppers to win six of their last seven games despite scoring more than three goals just once in that span…Caballero stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 2-1 win over Sylvania Northview to kick off the Brother James Tournament Wednesday night. Northview was ranked #4 in the OHSAA heading into the Christmas break. The Preppers, ranked #5, also defeated the Wildcats, 3-2, at the Padua Tournament, so there may be a move up the rankings in their future.
A 4-2 loss to Mentor on Boxing Day extended Walsh Jesuit’s winless streak to seven games (0-6-1), but the Warriors responded with wins over Shaker Heights (5-2) and Rocky River (6-1) to wrap up the 2022 portion of their schedule. Senior forward Josh Weiner dished out four assists in the Shaker win and added two goals and an assist against River, giving him a team-leading 23 points (9-14-23) on the season…Sophomore goaltender Josh Ellenberger was between the pipes against Shaker, stopping 22 of 24 shots and senior forward Anthony Grossi netted a hat trick against Rocky River…Walsh resumes its schedule when it hits the ice on January 7, hosting Shaker in a league game.
--- Scott Harrington for Ohio Hockey Digest