GRAND RAPIDS TOURNAMENT WEEKEND RECAP
The Cleveland Demons started the 2015 season with a 3-0 record at the Grand Rapids Tournament. The Demons will be traveling to Pittsburgh to play the 2-1 Octane on Saturday August 15 at 1:00 pm at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena.
Game 1: Cleveland Demons 19, Lansing HotRods 2
The Demons jumped out to a huge lead early in the game and were leading 14-0 at halftime. Brandon Sallee punished the back of the net with 7 goals. He was helped on the offensive side of the field with Hans Rydquist’s 6 goals, and David Blue’s 4 goals. Nate Jones and Tyler Murphy each had solo tallies, and also contributed with assists as well. Defensively, Bobby Lyle barricaded the net and took away many Lansing scoring chances. Veteran defender Jon Hurm was busy leading several rookie defensive players in Dan Clem, Eli George, and Brian Holzheimer. By the end of the game, their smothering style was creating turnovers all over the defensive zone. The transition crew of Noah Bill, Brent Zubal, and Alex Fioritto did a great job in getting loose balls and jumpstarting the offense. Mark Sertich, started the game on the floor, but had to leave due to injury. Tony Tatro was injured and didn’t dress, but did a great job managing the doors.
Brandon Sallee 7, Hans Rydquist 6, David Blue 4, Tyler Murphy 1, Nate Jones 1
Game 2: Cleveland Demons 11, Grand Rapids Dragonfish 8
The tournaments marquee game was the 6:00 pm tilt between the host Dragonfish and the road challenger Cleveland Demons. The Demons jumped out to a 3-0 lead by goals from Brent Zubal, Alex Fioritto, and Brandon Sallee. The Dragonfish fought back to take a 4-3 lead by halftime. The Demons regrouped during the break, focused on ball movement, and getting defensive stops. As the game got more physical and the officials became busy with calling penalties, the Demons power play started to heat up. Cleveland was able to score 3 in a row to take a 7-6 lead. With unbelievable net play by Bobby Lyle, and tremendous defensive hustle play by Jon Hurm, Eli George, Brian Holzheimer, and Dan Clem, the Demons were able to come up with big stops. Fioritto’s face-off wins, and transition play from Noah Bill and Brent Zubal kept the pressure on Grand Rapids and let the offense get extra chances. Brandon Sallee’s 4 goals led the Demons. The offensive effort was supported by single tallies from Zubal, Fioritto, Tyler Murphy, on a great power play shot, Hans Rydquist, Nate Jones, David Blue, and the clinching empty netter, from Noah Bill, to seal the victory. The 11-8 victory marks the first win for the Demons in 3 tries over the Dragonfish.
Brandon Sallee 4, Hans Rydquist, David Blue, Noah Bill, Tyler Murphy, Brent Zubal, Nate Jones, Alex Fioritto
Game 3: Cleveland Demons 14, Indianapolis Copperheads 3
To round out the weekend, the Demons played the newly formed Copperheads from Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon. Both teams were playing with depleted rosters as injuries and other obligations took players away from the contest. Cleveland was able to post a 14-3 victory by rotating players through the offensive and defensive sides of the field. Nate Jones led the scoring punch for the Demons with 5 tallies. Brandon Sallee continued his offensive onslaught with 4 goals. Alex Fioritto and Tyler Murphy each added 2 goals. Noah Bill, playing more offense than usual from his transition spot added a goal as well. Once again, Cleveland’s defense played tough and aggressive. Bobby Lyle is proving he is one of the better goalies in the CILL. The pickup of Jon Hurm has paid big dividends in the defensive zone in his physical play and leadership. The newcomers of Brian Holzheimer, Eli George, and Dan Clem proved they are ready for the challenge of CILL play as well.
Special mention goes out regarding the assistance this weekend from Tony Tatro and Mark Sertich. Both guys helped out tremendously on the sidelines and kept great energy throughout the three games.
Nate Jones 5, Brandon Sallee 4, Alex Fioritto 2, Tyler Murphy 2, Noah Bill