By Jon Behm, The Morning Journal
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Coming off of a junior season in which Novakovic scored 53 goals and 15 assists, it was hard to believe that he would be able to top those numbers. However, that is exactly what he did.
Novakovic ended the 2013-14 season with 60 goals and 22 assists for an astonishing 82 points. In fact, Novakovic was held without a point in only three of the Eagles’ 34 games this season, two of which were when Avon was shut out.
To say that Novakovic was an integral part of Avon’s historic season would be an understatement, and the league took notice. With the team winning the White West and taking second in the Baron Cup II, the senior captain was named to the All-White West Division first team and All-White League second team.
Novakovic was able to end his high school career by playing in the GCHSHL Senior All-Star Game at Quicken Loans Arena, where he dished out an assist for the West.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Nick Novakovic, Avon
The 2013-14 hockey campaign will go down as the best in Avon’s short history, and it was the guidance of Novakovic that helped the Eagles.
In his fourth year at the helm, Novakovic guided the Eagles to an overall record of 28-5-1, a tremendous improvement from the previous season in which they went 15-17-0.
The Eagles went 9-1 in the GCHSHL, winning the White West title and taking second place in the Baron Cup II.
The Eagles should have nothing to fear in the future provided Novakovic is there to guide them.
D Chris Gulley, Sr., Bay
A versatile player, Gulley commanded respect as both a defender and forward for the Rockets. Gulley finished the season second in points for Bay, scoring 18 goals and dishing out 13 assists, en route to a GCHSHL Senior All-Star selection.
F Chris Humer, Jr., Westlake
Humer was the most potent offensive threat on a Demons team full of weapons. The junior scored 61 points via 41 goals and 20 assists. He was named to the All-Red South Division third team.
F Jake Lyons, Sr., Midview
Lyons was a true leader for the Middies, scoring 22 goals and adding 21 assists while being one of the few steady factors during an up-and-down season for Midview. He capped his season by scoring a goal in the GCHSHL Senior All-Star Game.
F Neal Novotny, Sr., Avon
Novotny was second on his team in scoring, tallying 46 points with 23 goals and 23 assists, however his ability to control the puck for the Eagles was one of his greatest strengths this season.
G Joe Sefchik, Sr., Avon
Sefchik was strong for Avon all season, but really came into his own during the Baron Cup, where he tallied nearly 100 saves over the three-game stretch.
D Brendan Teets, Sr., Westlake
While his stat line of four goals and 13 assists may not be the most impressive, his physical presence on the ice was where his true worth shone. One of the larger defenders in the league, his presence caused other teams to rethink their offensive attacks.
Will Gentry, Elyria Catholic: Sophomore forward scored nine goals and three assists, was the heart of the Panthers’ offense.
Nathan Greenberg, Westlake: Junior forward scored 10 goals while dishing out team-high 22 assists.
Joe Guay, Westlake: Sophomore goalie had 486 saves for a save percentage of 86.3 percent.
Alex Guzik, Avon: Senior forward had 24 goals and 21 assists, while showing tremendous aptitude for defense.
Dan Linhart, Bay: Junior defenseman had 17 goals and 17 assists while causing opponents to have fits due to his defense.
Adam Sandor, Westlake: Senior defender was an imposing figure on defense, but showed offensive skill finishing with 17 goals.
Braeden Friss, Avon: Senior defenseman tormented opponents all season with a masterful poke-check and ability to anticipate.
Joe Goetz, Avon: Sophomore forward was an assist machine, leading all Morning Journal players with 26.
Rudy Keppler, Westlake: Senior forward had 16 goals and 16 assists en route to a GCHSHL Senior All-Star selection.
Kyle Kudela, Midview: Junior forward led his team with 23 goals and added 11 assists.
Jake Schneider, Midview: Senior defender was selected to the GCHSHL Senior All-Star game due to strong defensive play, but showed offensive skill by scoring a goal for the West.
Keegan Sullivan, Avon Lake: Sophomore goalie played well despite being peppered with
Avon: Shane Docherty; Avon Lake: Christian Duerk; Bay: Kevin Dailey; Elyria Catholic: Luke Farmer; Midview: Tommy Coon;Westlake: Paul Freedman.