Competing in the Baron Cup Tournament, the young Twinsburg ice hockey squad needed better execution against top seed Parma, prior to kicking off the state tournament.
Twinsburg fell 6-0 to Parma Feb. 4 in the first round of the Baron Cup III at the Brooklyn Recreation Center. Parma would go on to finals of Baron Cup III where it lost 2-1 to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
In first round action of the Division I State Tournament, Twinsburg was set to meet rival Aurora Tuesday in the state qualifying bracket at the Kent State University Ice Arena.
The winner advances to face second-seeded Shaker Heights Saturday at KSU at 5:15 p.m.
Twinsburg was the 17th seed at the tourney while Aurora was 16th. Shaker was seeded behind top seed Gates Mills Gilmour Academy.
As for the first-round Baron Cup loss to top-seeded Parma, the eighth-seeded Tigers knew it would be a tough match-up.
Getting a lot of shots, Parma scored two goals in an active first period in the Feb. 19 clash and four more in the second period to break open the game.
"Parma was 13-1 in the upper Blue Division, so we knew we had to put pressure on their defenseman in order to be successful," pointed out Twinsburg head coach Jim DiRosa.
DiRosa thought execution could have been better, heading into the post season.
"It was not the way we wanted to finish going into the State Tournament, but three trips to the Baron Cup with this group of seniors is testament to how hard they have work to build our program," said DiRosa.
The veteran Tiger head coach was alluding to his senior class that includes Hannah Zochowski, Troy Sutliff, Jason Buell, Carson Sayavich, Dylan Smith, and Justin Allen.
Zochowski, who had a whopping 19 saves in the nets in the first period against Parma, finished with 43 saves.
"I think we had the right system in place, but did not execute consistently," said DiRosa. "We had some quality chances and didn't finish."
League honors were recently announced for the All Blue Division team and the Tigers had a host of athletes on the team.
Zochowski was a first team goalie on the all-league list.
Sutliff earned second team honors all-league as a defender while sophomore Anthony Sciarabba was a second-team forward.
"Twinsburg hockey is well represented once again with these all-league honors," noted DiRosa.
In addition, promising freshman Cassie Whitelaw was named honorable mention Blue All-League.