by Rick Bloom
The Brush Arc hockey team returned to action at the “frozen pond” of the Dan Kostel Rec Center in Garfield Heights on Saturday (1/2) after nearly 2 weeks between games, but instead of looking a bit rusty, the team came away with its first victory of the season, 5-1 over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. The Arcs spotted the Royals a 1st period goal with just under 3 minutes left in the stanza, yet tied (and took the lead) on 2 Ben Hidek goals within 14 seconds in the early going of period number 2. Meanwhile the Arc defense tightened up, led by goalie Sean Miller, on the way to a 28-save performance. Seth Martin assisted on both of those goals, and when Martin lit the lamp with his own tally at the 9:45 mark of the period – the Arcs took a 2 goal lead into intermission.
It was, however, anyone’s game for 9+ minutes to open the 3rd period, still 3-1 Brush – when Hidek notched 2 more goals in the final 5 minutes, insuring Brush would grab their 1st win of the season. Cameron Stovall chipped in with an assist and the Arcs savored the “taste of triumph” – for a well-given effort.
On Sunday (1/3), it would prove to be a more difficult task for the Arc icers, as they battled Westlake HS at C.E. Orr Arena in Euclid. With less than a 24-hour turnaround, Brush kept pace with the Demons early on, fighting to a 0-0 draw after the opening 15 minutes. Even when Westlake drew first blood with a goal at the 13:45 mark of period 2 – the Arcs wasted little time in pulling even – Ben Hidek finding the net just 41 seconds later. Yet the second half of this affair would show little resemblance to the first as Westlake unleashed a torrent of scores, including 3 goals in the last 9 minutes of the 2nd stanza and 4 more to open the 3rd. By the time Hidek recorded his 2nd goal of the affair, stopping a 7-goal uninterrupted streak for the Demons with 1:25 remaining, it was too little / too late for the skaters from Lyndhurst; final score – Westlake 8, Brush 2.
The Arcs of first-year Coach Brian Przybyszewski now have 5 games under their belts, and will aim for victory #2 in the next week or so.
CVCA vs. BRUSH boxscore
WESTLAKE vs. BRUSH boxscore