Cleveland St. Ignatius becomes the first ice hockey team to win four consecutive state championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cleveland St. Ignatius (27-10) defeated Dublin Jerome (35-4-0) 7-2 in the 2019 OHSAA Ice Hockey State Championship game on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.
The victory for the St. Ignatius Wildcats is their fourth-consecutive state championship and seventh overall. St. Ignatius is the first to four-straight ice hockey state championships.
This was the third trip to the OHSAA ice hockey state tournament for Dublin Jerome and the first time a central Ohio team made it to the ice hockey state championship game. In Friday’s semifinal game, the Celtics defeated Hunting Valley University School in overtime 3-2.
The beginning of all three periods, they scored within two minutes.
Five separate players scored for St. Ignatius, including junior Joey Trobenter, who recorded the 11th hat-trick in a state championship game.
In addition to Trobenter, juniors Matt Sullivan, Greg Langermeier and Cam Kurtz scored a goal and assisted on a goal. Junior Charlie Erbs added the other goal for the Wildcats.
The first period ended with the Wildcats leading 2-0.
To begin the second period, Trobenter scored the first goal with only 20 seconds into the period, which he did again in the third period 22 seconds in.
Junior Matt Kish put Jerome on the board with a goal during a power play in the second period. Only 14 seconds later from assisting the first goal along with senior Nick Augenstein, junior Nolan Kunzelman concluded the second period with Jerome’s second and final goal unassisted.
Ending the second period, the Wildcats led 4-2
The Wildcats took control of the third period, scoring three more goals, including the final short-handed goal by Kurtz.
The Wildcats defense only allowed 12 total shots on goal. This is two shy from the record of fewest shots on goal in a final game.
St. Ignatuis’ goalie, senior Benny Savarino, concluded the game with 10 saves on goal, and the Celtics’ goalie, Mark Bishopp, saved 26 goals.
St. Ignatius’ seniors Benny Savarino, Michael Boehm, Erik Lile and captain Connor McGowan enter the record book for most championships by a player with three championships, which they share with seven other players from Bowling Green and St. Edward.
The seven state titles for St. Ignatius now put the Wildcats in sole possession of second place in OHSAA history, moving ahead of Bowling Green’s six titles. Lakewood St. Edward owns the OHSAA record with 11 state ice hockey championships.
Dublin Jerome Advances to Its First Ice Hockey State Final
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dublin Jerome made history by being the first central Ohio high school to advance to the OHSAA ice Hhckey state championship game with a 3-2 win in overtime over Hunting Valley University School Friday morning at Nationwide Arena.
With the victory, Dublin Jerome will face Cleveland St. Ignatius in the state championship game Saturday. Jerome fell to St. Ignatius last year in a state semifinal game, 6-1.
Two goals were scored within the first six minutes of the first period by sophomore Joel Kunzelman and senior Evan Shea, giving Jerome a 2-0 lead. University School tied the game in the second period when sophomore John Pape and senior Henry Saada scored 39 seconds apart.
In overtime, senior Nick Augenstein secured the Celtics’ spot in the state championship by scoring the winning goal with the assist from senior Ethan French and junior Nolan Kunzelman. The game-winning goal was scored 2:47 into overtime, marking the quickest overtime victory in a state semifinal game, eclipsing the previous record of 3:56 set by Toledo Central Catholic in 1980.
The Celtics’ goalie, Mark Bishopp save 23 goals, while the Preppers’ goalie, senior Critter Coughlin saved 19.
University School outshot Jerome 25-22.
Third-ranked Jerome (35-3-0) is making its four appearance in the state tournament. University School (19-16-2) was making its 15th.
Cleveland St. Ignatius shuts out Sylvania Northview
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cleveland St. Ignatius (29-10-0) shutout Sylvania Northview (13-15-6) 7-0 in the second state semifinal game on Friday at Nationwide Arena
Five separate players scored for St. Ignatius, junior Cam Kurtz, junior Alex Bilardo, sophomore Erik Galauner, senior Patrick Eppich, and junior Charlie Erbs.
The sixth man on the ice for the Cleveland Wildcats was their goalie, senior Benny Savarino. Savarino saved the 11 shots on goal, tying fifth for fewest shots on goal allowed by a team in the semifinals. Overall, St. Ignatius outshot Northview 28-11.
Tying for the largest shutout game for an OHSAA ice hockey semifinal game is St. Ignatius scores, placing them 2nd for most shutouts in a semifinal game behind St. Edwards.
2019 OHSAA Ice Hockey State Tournament marks its 12th state tournament appearances for Sylvania Northview, placing them behind Toledo St. John’s Jesuit.
The Cleveland Wildcats will play Dublin Jerome (35-3) in the state championship on Saturday at 11 a.m., making their seventh state championship appearance.