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Heights' onslaught ends season for Twinsburg ice hockey squad

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: February 22, 2017 12:00 AM

It was a sudden burst that the Twinsburg High ice hockey team could not survive.

Seven goals in the second period helped vault Cleveland Heights 12-2 over Twinsburg in the Feb. 15 first round Division I District tournament.

Twinsburg was leading 1-0 early on and had the game tied 2-2 in the first period, and then the Tigers cruised past Twinsburg at Kent State University.

Alex Shood scored for Twinsburg and gave the locals a 1-0 lead with the big tally at the 12:03 mark of the first period, but Heights responded 43 seconds later and another goal extended the lead to 2-1.

That wasn't it for the spirited Tigers, who were seeded 18th overall. Cleveland Heights was the eight seed.

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Then center Ryan DiRosa scored a tying goal past goalie Trent Swain on feeds from rightwing Damon Bennardo and defender Daniel Kosmin. Suddenly, it was 2-2 at the 4:29 mark of the first period.

"I thought we came out physical against a strong Cleveland Heights team," stated head coach Jim DiRosa. Getting on the board was huge for us."

Cleveland Heights started to attack and went on a scoring barrage in the second period. Stephen Lang led with five goals and three assists.

"The players gave what they had and Heights has a very deep bench," said DiRosa. "We came a long way this season."

Coach DiRosa was thrilled to announce that Ryan DiRosa received All-Greater Cleveland Hockey League honors for the second year in a row. He made All-Division for the third year, according to the coach.

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Kosmin made All-Division as well while Matt Schroeder was the lone senior who will be departing the Tigers.

DiRosa was named Coach of the Year in the Blue Division. Twinsburg finished 5-7-0 in the deep Blue North Division of the GCHSHL.

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