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The Lakewood Rangers swept through a three game Anderson Memorial hockey tournament at Ries Ice Rink in Parma. On Friday, the icers opened up the weekend with a 4-1 win over Toledo Whitmer, followed by a 6-3 win over divisional rival Chagrin Falls and an 8-1 win over White division opponent CVCA. Going into the weekend, the Rangers faced a tough challenge as three members of the squad entered the tournament on the injured list. Sophomore defenseman Austin Scherer and Freshmen Gavin Fullmer and Jay Schmoldt sustained injuries the previous weekend and were unavailable for the contests. But, Lakewood used all of the remaining players while finishing round robin play with a 3-0 record. Unfortunately, they ended the round robin tied with Normandy, who was also 3-0 and since the two teams hadnt faced each other in round robin play, the spot in the championship game then moved to the tie breakers. The first tie breaker was least penalty minutes – and again both teams completed their three games with only 8 minutes in penalties so the tie breaker moved to the next level – which was a coin toss.

Unfortunately, the Rangers lost the coin toss and Normandy advanced to the championship game where they were defeated by North Olmsted 9-2.

With the weekend performances, Lakewood’s season record now stands at 4-0 with a 1-0 conference mark.

This weekend, the Rangers get right back into GCHSHL divisional play with a pair of conference games. On Friday night, Lakewood will travel to the Pond for an 8:40 tilt against Chagrin Falls. Then, on Saturday night, Lakewood returns home for a 7pm faceoff hosting the Twinsburg Tigers.

Following a successful pre-season, the Lakewood Rangers Ice Hockey squad opened up the 2019-20 regular season with a conference victory over the Normandy Invaders last Saturday night. After falling behind 3-0 in the opening minutes, the Rangers stormed back with two late first period goals to make the score 3-2 after one period. The visiting Invaders notched two additional second period goals while the Rangers countered with one to set the score at 5-3 moving into the third period. Then, the Rangers caught fire outscoring the visitors 4-2 in the final frame forcing overtime in front of the loud and enthusiastic home opening crowd. On the power play to begin the extra period, the Rangers wasted no time as freshman Eli LaDue tapped home a rebound off of an Alex Blinky shot to grab the overtime win. Senior Will Holden led the Rangers with 5 goals and an assist, while Ladue added two goals and Junior Defenseman Alex Blinky also scored. The Rangers were particularly effective on the power play converting on 4 of 6 power play opportunities for a sizzling 66% conversion rate. Senior goaltender Rob Holden stopped 45 Invader shots in the Ranger net for the win. Lakewood now prepares for the Annual Bruce Anderson Thanksgiving memorial tournament hosted by Normandy high school at Ries Ice rink in Parma. The Rangers will play one game each day Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the opening round of the tourney. On Friday, Lakewood will face off against Toledo Whitmer in a 4:30pm contest. Lakewood and Toledo Whitmer have never played against each other on the ice. On Saturday, the Rangers square off against divisional rival Chagrin Falls while Sunday’s contest features the Rangers and CVCA. All games will be at Ries.

The Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League today voted to allow Normandy to move back down into the Blue North division to take the place of Brecksville Broadview Heights who suspended their program last week. This change will cause several schedule changes to be made to the Rangers season schedule. Those changes will be posted as soon as the changes are made.

This morning the Rangers began practice for the 2019-2020 season. 18 skaters (the most in many season) suited up for the first workout. The Rangers will continue their efforts this week before facing an opponent the first time on Saturday when they travel to Mentor’s Ice Arena for a 6pm exhibition game against Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin.

The Rangers will be home the following Saturday when they host North Olmsted in a 7pm exhibition contest.

The 2019-2020 Lakewood Rangers are making final preparations for the start of the season. Regular season Practices begin in November as the team looks to better its’ 4th place finish from one year ago.

Senior Goaltender Rob Holden, Senior forward Will Holden and Junior defenseman Alex Blinky have been chosen as captains for the 2019-2020 season and the experienced trio leads one of the most talented squads that Lakewood has put on the ice in recent years. The team will once again be skating in the Blue North division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League , led by 5th year Head Coach Mark Ferfolia and once again assisted by Fred Krause and Tony Chiaravalle..

Beyond its’ league schedule, the team will be participating in several tournaments during the year including the Normandy Thanksgiving tournament to open up the campaign. The division schedule is having to undergo a slight retooling as divisional rival Brecksville-Broadview Heights suspended their team operations this week for the 19-20 season.

The Rangers open up their pre-season schedule on Saturday November 9th as they will travel to Mentors Ice Arena to square off against the Note Dame Cathedral Latin Lions in a 6pm contest. That will be followed by Pre-season scrimmages against North Olmsted , Normandy and Brush.

The first opportunity for local fans to see the Rangers in action will be on Saturday November 16th at 7pm when they host the North Olmsted Eagles. The puck will drop at 7pm at Serpentini Ice Arena in that game.

Following a solid summer league performance, the Lakewood Rangers now head into August getting ready to embark on an off-ice strength and conditioning program to prepare for the upcoming season. “The incoming players really meshed well with our returning skaters”, remarked Head Coach Mark Ferfolia. " It was great to see the team come together so well through the practices and games. The effort was great and it was easy to see the improvement from the first game to the last". The team also performed for the first time under newly named captains Rob Holden, Will Holden and Alex Blinky. The trio was selected due to their hard work and excellent leadership qualities. "The three players have shown outstanding leadership skills both on and off the ice ", continued Coach Ferfolia. "I really believe they are poised to lead the team to a great season. The Rangers, who are coming off of their third Baron Cup qualifying performance in the last three years, will once again be competing in the Blue North division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.