WRA hockey team
falls to Midview
The Western Reserve Academy ice hockey team's five-game winning streak came to an end after losing a 6-5 decision to Grafton Midview Dec. 8 at North Park Ice Rink in Elyria.
The Pioneers (5-3) scored three goals in the first period and had a 4-1 lead with four minutes left in the second period. Midview rallied with two goals to cut Reserve's lead to 4-3 after two periods of play and WRA gave up its first two power-play goals of the season in the third period.
Midview scored on a five-on-three power play and a five-on-four power play in a span of about one minute. The Pioneers committed five minor penalties in the third period.
Robbie Markwell led Reserve with three goals and Austin Rand and Daniel Hill each had one. WRA goaltender Christian Ciraco made 50 saves, including several from point-blank range.
The Pioneers posted a 5-3 victory over Avon Dec. 7 at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. Markwell had two goals and two assists and Sam LaFontaine had one goal and three assists for Reserve.
Hill and Eric Buehler each added a goal for WRA and Rand had two assists and Otto Bohan had one assist.
The Pioneers had a 2-1 lead after the first period. Avon tied the game a minute into the second period, but Reserve countered with two goals at the 10- and seven-minute marks, respectively.
Avon tied the game later in the period, but Buehler's goal gave WRA a 3-2 advantage with 20 seconds left in the second period.
Ciraco finished with 36 saves between the pipes, including two stops on breakaways.
The Pioneers are scheduled to host Lakewood St. Edward Dec. 13 at 5:10 p.m. and North Canton Hoover Dec. 14 at 3:25 p.m. Both contests are set to take place at Kent State University Ice Arena.
The board of directors for the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its July 2014 induction ceremony.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Dec. 15.
Those interested may do so online at www.gabhof.org, or by contacting Carl Rakich at 330-598-1706 and request a nomination form to be mailed to them.