Bears place 3rd in Lake Catholic Holiday Tournament.
The North Royalton Bears participated in the Lake Catholic, Cougar Holiday Extravaganza December 26-29th in Mentor, Ohio. The Bears played well winning three of four with their only loss coming to the eventual tournament champion, Lake Catholic Cougars.
The Bears opened up play against Columbus Northeast on December 26th and defeated the Storm, 4-3. Jacob Krosky led the Bears offense scoring twice while Eric Golla and Nicolai Kolasinski each added solo tallies. Collin Mischak was solid in net for North Royalton stopping 26 of the 29 shots faced.
North Royalton returned to play a pair on December 27th. The Bears defeated the Mentor Cardinals, 4-3, in their morning game before falling to the Lake Catholic Cougars, 6-1, in their afternoon game. Against Mentor, Dylan Kovach led all scorers with 5 points (2G/3A) followed closely by Jacob Krosky with four points (2G/2A), Cam Cook (2G/2A) and Mike Ambrose with three points (3A). In the afternoon game, the Bears lone goal was netted by Dylan Kovach with an assist being awarded to Nicolai Kolasinski.
The Bears took on Kent Roosevelt in the tournaments 3rd place game on December 28th downing the Raiders, 2-0. Joey Fratantonio played an outstanding game for the Bears earning his team leading third shutout. The Bears broke a scoreless tie midway through the middle period when Colin O’Connor fed Anthony Picciano who buried a slap shot from the point. North Royalton added their 2nd goal of the game early in the final period when Mike Ambrose tapped in Paul Jablonski rebound. The win improved the Bears overall record to 13-6-2.