High school hockey: Avon survives Rocky River offensive barrage, pulls out tie

Chris Sweeney
The Chronicle-Telegram

ROCKY RIVER — Max Summers and Jake Zurawski made the most of their opportunities Sunday morning against Rocky River.

Avon’s defense was under constant attack against the Pirates, but it held its own and allowed Summers to convert two goals and Zurawaski to add the equalizer in the third period of a 3-3 tie at the Tim Alexander Memorial Tournament at Hamilton Ice Arena.

“I only scored two last year, so it was kind of a down year, and it was nice to score against River because this is where I played as a kid,” Summers said. “As a program, we’ve never beaten them, so it was nice to get two goals.”

Avon (4-1-2) was outshot 45-8 on the day and 17-1 in the first period, but managed to find the net when Michael Perusek found Zurawski on the left wing. He fired it into a scrum and Summers finished at the front of the net to tie the game at 1.

Ben Boka and the Avon back line played outstanding, despite giving up the three goals. Boka saved 42 shots and the Eagles defense prevented many others before they could develop.

“They brought the pressure and put us back on our heels,” Boka said of Rocky River. “I just made the saves that I had to. They’re a really tough team.”

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