Denting the nets and scoring can sometimes be a major challenge in high school ice hockey. It’s even more of a daunting task if you have an inexperience club like Twinsburg head coach Jim DiRosa has.
Twinsburg has made strides with its youthful offense this winter.
However, there are times when even organized and active attacks just can’t seem to finish.
This was the case for the host Tigers in a 4-0 loss to Westlake in a Blue Division test at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center in Garfield Heights.
Alexa Prexta scored at the 10:20 mark of the first period, which saw the Demons seize a 2-0 lead in the first period.
DiRosa saw his squad battle and generate some shots, but Westlake grabbed a 2-0 cushion and then added a tally each in the second and third periods to post the victory.
Twinsburg had 20 shots on goal.
"The team worked hard and had some good looks at the net, but we could not convert," pointed out DiRosa.
Goalie Alex Rendziak posted a shutout with 20 saves for the Demons as Prexta led Westlake by lighting the lamp for two goals and added one assist.
"We just didn’t capitalize on opportunities against Westlake," commented DiRosa.
Providing leadership for Twinsburg this season has been seniors Antonio Bennardo, Nick Whitelaw, Travis Poznik, and Zak Filler.
Juniors include Colby Smith, Andrew Henderson, Ian Lashua, Chase Lowy, and Matt Bierworth.
Impact sophomores for Twinsburg are Cassie Whitelaw, Cody Preston, and goalie Mark Schroeder, who registered 31 saves against Westlake.
"Our kids had a solid effort against Westlake," said DiRosa.
In upcoming play, the Tigers play Orange Jan. 24 at The Pond in Chagrin Falls, where Twinsburg will also compete against meet Chagrin Falls Jan. 25. The Tigers host Lakewood Feb. 2.
Twinsburg also has a deep freshman class of Sean Shirokov, Aiden Holt, Aiden Johnston, Arianna Bennardo, Jackson Smith, and Sarah Zammikiel.