Competing against a potent schedule coupled with the young Tigers moving up a division this season in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League means that this season will be about the process for the Twinsburg ice hockey squad.
It showed from the get-go this season and 10-year head coach Jim DiRosa realizes his inexperienced squad will be building upon small successes.
Twinsburg competed at the Bruce Anderson Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament, hosted by Parma Normandy at the Michael Reis Ice Rink in Cleveland Friday through Sunday.
The Tigers lost 10-0 to Normandy Friday, fell 11-0 to North Olmsted Saturday, and dropped a 10-0 decision against Canfield Sunday.
"We had a rough weekend against three White Division teams," offered DiRosa, whose Tigers compete in the Blue North Division.
North Olmsted competes in the White North Division while Normandy and Canfield compete in the White South Division.
"League realignment moved us up a division and we graduated some great leadership, but this group has been working hard toward their goals," said DiRosa.
Twinsburg does have some solid players back this winter, but lost a slew of contributors.
"We have a lot of work to do," pointed out DiRosa.
In upcoming action, the Tigers play Dec. 7 at Lakewood at Serpentini Arena, host Orange Dec. 8, and face Brooklyn Dec. 12 at the John Coyne Recreation Center.
"I thought we had some bright spots with the play of Cassie Whitelaw, Nick Whitelaw, and Antonio Bennardo," explained DiRosa.
Nick Whitelaw is a senior who anchors the defense while Bennardo is a senior who is the center on the first line for the Tigers. Cassie Whitelaw is a sophomore defender.
"We also got some quality minutes for our new players that will help in divisional play," said. DiRosa.