AURORA -- The Aurora High ice squad split a pair of games last weekend, losing to Twinsburg before toppling North Canton Hoover to put themselves on the brink of a Baron Cup III berth and push their overall record to 11-11-1
On Jan 27, the locals traveled to Garfield Heights to take on Twinsburg, which defeated them 4-3 in early December. Both teams traded goals in the first period, and then Twinsburg scored the lone goal of the second period to take a 2-1 lead.
AHS junior Tomi Pirinen scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to tie it up, but the Tigers netted the winning goal with less than two minutes left to secure a 3-2 win.
Junior Joe Capretta had 2 assists for AHS and junior Mike Avalon and sophomore Jack Pfiffner had one helper each. Senior goalie Joey Brockway made 37 saves. Twinsburg improved to 5-6 in the Blue North division with the win.
On Jan 29 against Hoover, Capretta got the locals on the board less than a minute into the game. After Hoover answered a few minutes later, he found the net again in the closing minutes of the first period to grab a 2-1 lead.
Freshman Jack McElwee then netted a goal five minutes into the second period, and that was all the scoring in the 3-1 victory. Freshman Patrick Murray recorded one assist, and Brockway made 29 saves as AHS improved to 5-5-1 in the Blue North Division. Hoover fell to 2-8.
"The win over Hoover was a great bounce-back game that keeps our goal to make the Baron Cup very much alive," said coach John Sheridan. "We had a great effort from the goal out. We're confident going into our final game that we can get the job done."
AHS will wrap up its regular season schedule with a home game at the Pond on Feb. 3 against West Geauga (8:50 p.m.).
The locals still have control of their own destiny for the Baron Cup III tournament. They sit one point above Twinsburg with one game remaining for both teams. The Baron Cup III will take place next week at John Coyne Recreation Center in Brooklyn.
Through 23 games, Pirinen leads the squad with 62 points, and Capretta leads in goals with 38.