High school hockey: 2013-14 Morning Journal All-Star team – 8 Eagles Honored


Avon senior Eric Novakovic, pictured at the GCHSHL Senior All-Star Game, is the 2013-14 Morning Journal Hockey Player of the Year. 

By Jon Behm, The Morning Journal

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Eric Novakovic
Avon, Senior
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.

FIRST TEAM
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.

SECOND TEAM
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.

THIRD TEAM
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

HONOR ROLL
Avon: Shane Docherty; Avon Lake: Christian Duerk; Bay: Kevin Dailey; Elyria Catholic: Luke Farmer; Midview: Tommy Coon;Westlake: Paul Freedman.

Hockey: Successful Season Comes to End for Avon

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District Hockey: Avon last local team standing after easy win, double-overtime loss by Westlake

Filed on February 16, 2014 by James Brady

BROOKLYN — And then there was one

Avon became the last remaining area team alive in the Brooklyn district hockey tournament with a convincing 11-1 win Saturday over Bay. The Eagles will meet Holy Name, the ninth-ranked team in the state, next Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Eagles became the lone local survivor after Westlake dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 decision to Strongsville in double overtime on Ben Andreski’s power-play score at 7:36.

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High school hockey: Avon falls to Hudson WRA in Baron Cup II title game

BROOKLYN — The third installment of what has become a White West rivalry between Avon and Hudson Western Reserve Academy was played out during the Baron Cup II championship game on Sunday, with Western Reserve emerging victorious by a score of 3-1. Playing in an evenly matched game for nearly the entire game, Western Reserve Academy found the back of the net twice in the third period to take the lead and ensure the Baron Cup crown.

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High school hockey: Eagles edge Hoover, advance to Baron Cup II finals

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Jon Behm/The Morning Journal Avon senior Neal Novotny brings the puck up the ice during the first period of the Baron Cup II semifinal matchup against North Canton Hoover. 

BROOKLYN — The first 44 minutes and 30 seconds may have been where the Baron Cup II semifinal matchup between Avon and North Canton Hoover was battled, but it was during the final 30 seconds that a winner was determined. Avon outlasted the Vikings to claim a slim 2-1 victory, but the win would not have been possible if it were not for the phenomenal play of senior goalie Joe Sefchik.

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High school hockey: Joe Sefchik’s stellar play in goal ensures Avon gets by Hoover, heads to Baron Cup II title game

High school hockey: Avon advances in Baron Cup II

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Jon Behm/The Morning Journal Avon senior Eric Novakovic tries to beat Benedictine goalie Joe Houser during the first period of their Baron Cup II matchup on Monday at Brooklyn. 

BROOKLYN — The final score was 2-0, but it easily could have been a blowout for Avon as the Eagles faced off against Benedictine in the opening round of the Baron Cup II tournament on Monday.
The Eagles had five shots bounce off the post, including two shots that appeared to hit the inside of the post, but were able to muster enough offense to score twice and gain the victory.

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Hockey: Eagles White West Division Champions. Baron Cup vs Benedictine on Monday at 6:30

The Avon Eagle hockey team celebrated “senior” night with a 3-2 win over North Canton Hoover on Saturday.  The win clinched a White West division title in the GCHSHL for Eagles and a first seed in the Baron Cup II playoffs.  The Eagles were led in goal by Joe Sefchik and got goals from Eric Novakovic with two and Alex Guzik.

The Eagle hockey team takes on Benedictine in the first round of Baron Cup play tonight at 6:30pm at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.  Come out to support your Eagle hockey team!

Hockey: Senior Night on Saturday – All fans get to skate for free after the game until 9:00 p.m.

The final regular season hockey game against North Canton Hoover is Saturday Night at 5:30p at the North Olmsted Recreation Complex. The team has a record of 23 Wins, 3 Losses, and 1 Tie. With the record of 8 and 1 in Division play, the team has secured a position to play in their First Baron Cup. The Baron Cup play offs will start Feb 3rd and run through Feb 9th. The schedule for the Baron Cup will be available at www.shutout.comor www.gchshl.com on Sun, Feb 1.
Come out and support your Avon Hockey Players on Saturday. We will be celebrating Senior Night for the 5 Seniors on the team before the game. After the game, there will be an open skate until 9:00pm for all the fans that have come to the game. There is NO additional fee for the open skate and skate rental will be free. 

Hockey: Eagles defeat Western Reserve Academy and Lakewood to remain in 1st Place

Avon vs Western Reserve Goal celebration

 

In a battle for first place in the White West Division, the Avon Eagles defeated Western Reserve Academy 4-3.  Eric Novokovic scored 3 goals to help vault the Eagles into first place.  The Eagles followed up the big win with a 4-0 shutout over Lakewood.  Eric Novokovic and Alex Guzik scored two goals each.  Joe Sefchik was outstanding in goal with 14 saves.

The Eagles will celebrate the 5 seniors on Saturday February 1st vs. North Canton Hoover at North Olmsted Rec at 5;30.  Come out and support the Eagles as they attempt to clinch the schools first ever league championship.

Hockey: Order Avon Hockey Gear Today

Click HERE to download the form to order Avon Hockey Gear.  Orders are due by Wednesday January 22nd.

Order forms can be dropped off in the Athletic Office.

If you have any questions, contact Barb Fielding at Barbara.B.Fielding@nasa.gov or cmfbbf@roadrunner.com.