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Game Recaps

Semifinal Game #1
Nationwide Arena, Columbus ̶  Saturday, March 12, 12:00 p.m.

Toledo St. Francis DeSales 9, Powell Olentangy Liberty 4

Game Statistics

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The 2011 OHSAA ice hockey state tournament began Saturday afternoon at Nationwide Arena. The first of two semifinal games faced off with No. 1 ranked Toledo St. Francis deSales defeating unranked Powell Olentangy Liberty, 9-4.

After a slow start, St. Francis deSales (33-4-1) imposed themselves offensively against Olentangy Liberty, tallying 42 shots on goal over the three periods. Liberty goalie junior Eddie Arcy was busy all afternoon, with St. Francis deSales striking first with junior Ben Torchia. The goal would be Torchia’s first of three on the afternoon to earn a hat-trick. Liberty answered right away with a goal by freshman Chris Bergamesca. Not long after Liberty, sophomore Ethan Hollingsworth scored on an assist from junior Alec Vidrick to put the Patriots ahead 2-1 to close out the first period.

The second period scoring began right away with St. Francis tallying three unanswered goals by senior Tyler Murphy, Torchia and junior Reid Kersey. Assists came from Knights’ teammates senior Jake Wawrzyniak, senior Jeff Fuzinski and junior Trent Streichert. Liberty added its second score late in the period on a goal by senior Jimmy Ruska.

The Knights dominated the scoring in the third period with Torchia adding his third goal, Kersey and Murphy their second, Streichert his first and senior Nate Opblinger with his first. The Patriots added one last goal to their total in the period with Ruska scoring his second for the afternoon. St. Francis goaltender junior Thomas Kosinski made 25 saves on the afternoon.

Olentangy Liberty finishes the year 27-9-1 after reaching the school’s first ice hockey state semifinal. St. Francis advances to play the winner of Lakewood St. Edward and Gates Mills Gilmour Academy in the championship game Sunday at noon.

Team… 1 2 3 F
TSF…    1 3 5 9
POL…    2 1 1 4

TSF- Torchia A:Oplinger, Fuzinski
POL- Bergamesca A:None
POL- Hollingsworth A:Vidrick
TSF- Murphy A:Wawrzyniak, J.
TSF- Torchia A:Murphy
TSF- Kersey A:Fuzinski, STreichert
POL- Ruska A:Koehler, Bergamesca
TSF- Opblinger, N. A:Trochia, Frey
TSF- Kersey A:Wawrzyniak, J.
TSF- Murphy A:Torchia
POL- Ruska A:Bergamesca, Allmaras (PP)
TSF- Torchia A:Murphy, Opblinger, N.
TSF- Streichert A:Kersey, Opblinger, M.

Goaltenders(Saves/Shots on Goal)
TSF- Kosinski—25/29
POL- Arcy—33/42

TSF- 6
POL- 4



Semifinal Game #2
Nationwide Arena, Columbus ̶  Saturday, March 12, 3:00 p.m.


Lakewood St. Edward 3, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 2 (4 OT)

Game Statistics

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The second of two OHSAA state ice hockey semifinal games was decided Saturday afternoon at Nationwide Arena. In the longest state tournament game in history, the third-ranked Eagles of St. Edward scored the game-winner in the fourth overtime period to defeat the seventh-ranked Lancers of Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, 3-2.

After leading 2-0 nearly the entire regulation St. Edward (26-14-3) relinquished two late goals to a resilient Lancers team to send the game into the first of four overtime periods. The Eagles played staunch defense in the overtime periods, finally breaking the deadlock on a goal by senior Clay Jarrell in the fourth-minute of the fourth overtime.

In the first period of regulation, St. Edward had two shots find the back of the net, both coming from the stick of senior Riley Egan, who was assisted by junior Alex Norton on the first goal, with junior Nick Crosby and senior Danny O’Sullivan helping on the second.

The second period was one dominated by defense for both teams as the Eagles fired 10 shots on goal against the Lancers seven, none of which found their way into the net.

The comeback in regulation for Gilmour began with a goal by junior Joey Lencewicz on an assist from freshman James Forsythe with five minutes remaining in the third period. The goal brought the Lancers within one of St. Edward. Gilmour wasn’t done, finding the back of the net again, with 1:32 left on the clock on a goal from junior Spencer Antunez, assisted by senior Chris Deming and senior Matt Grider. The goal sent the game into the first of the four overtime periods.

Gilmour Academy finishes its season at 36-8-2 after reaching the state final four, for the second time. St. Edward has advanced to play in the championship game Sunday at noon versus Toledo St. Francis deSales.

Team  1 2 3 OT(1) OT(2) OT(3) OT(4)  F
LSE...  2 0 0   0        0       0        1      3
GMG... 0 0 2   0        0       0        0      2

LSE- Egan A:Norton
LSE- Egan A:Crosby, O’Sullivan
GMG- Lencewicz A:Forsythe (PP)
GMG- Antunez A:Deming, Grider (PP)
LSE- Jarrell A:Egan

Goaltenders (Saves/Shots on Goal)
LSE- Lacoste—27/29
GMG- Flesher—36/39



34th Annual OHSAA Ice Hockey State Championship
Nationwide Arena, Columbus ̶  Sunday, March 13, 12:00 p.m.


Toledo St. Francis de Sales Captures 2011 OHSAA Hockey State Championship
Sudden-victory win gives Knights first hockey state title in school history
Game Statistics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The game was played at 12 o’clock noon but everyone in attendance knew it was Knight time, as top-ranked Toledo St. Francis de Sales defeated third-ranked Lakewood St. Edward 2-1 in sudden-victory overtime to claim the 2011 OHSAA hockey state championship Sunday at Nationwide Arena.

St. Francis (34-4-1) jumped out to a quick start, taking an early 1-0 advantage on a Ben Torchia goal 20 seconds into the game, with assists recorded to Nate Opblinger and Connor Frey. St. Edward responded two minutes into the second period, as Danny O’Sullivan tied the score off an assist from Justin Hoyt.

The remainder of regulation was a defensive struggle between the two juggernauts, as overtime was required to decide the outcome. St. Francis’ Matt Opblinger officially put the game on ice four minutes into the extra period by adamantly placing the puck into the back of the net, with assists credited to Torchia and Scott Wawrzyniak

The Knights arose and battled bravely to defeat St. Edward for the fifth time this season in a game that was physical from the onset. The win marks the first hockey state championship in St. Francis history, and was its first championship game appearance since 1988.

St. Edward finishes the season with a record of 26-14-4, as the Eagles made their state-record 19th state championship game appearance.

Team  1 2 3 OT  F
TSF...  1 0 0  1    2
LSE...  0 1 0  0    1

TSF- Torchia A: N. Opblinger, Frey
LSE- O’Sullivan A: Hoyt
TSF- M. Opblinger A:Torchia, Wawrzyniak

Goaltenders(Saves/Shots on Goal)
TSF- Kosinski — 25/26
LSE- Lacoste — 20/22

TSF- 5
LSE- 7

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