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#1 Shaker Heights defeats #3 North Olmsted, 8-0, in Baron Cup I Championship

BROOKLYN, Ohio–  The Shaker Heights Raiders and the North Olmsted Eagles faced off in the Baron Cup I Championship game on Sunday. Both teams came into Sunday worn down after playing in a combined seven overtime periods the night prior to earning their spot in the championship game.

The Raiders started off their evening scoring at the 5:35 mark with a goal from Daniel Ritts that was assisted by Geoff Grossman-McKee and Nick Forbes.  Shaker Heights scored one more time in the first period with a goal by Stephen Straffon that was assisted by Britt Anderson and Ben Greenberg with 4:28 remaining in the first. The Raiders led 2-0 after the first period.

In the second period, Shaker Heights added three more goals. The Raiders started the scoring in the period with 12:32 remaining with a goal from Ryan Wheeler that was assisted by Chris Strnisha and Forbes, making the game 3-0.

Later in the period, Shaker Heights scored at the 1:42 mark with a goal by Greenberg that was assisted by Straffon and Anderson. With 6 seconds remaining, the Raiders scored a short-handed goal when Ritts scored off a pass by Anderson.

Heading into the final period of the night, Shaker Heights had a lead of 5-0 over the Eagles. Shaker Heights scored once again with a goal from DC Benincasa that was assisted by Devin Campbell and Asher Pollack with 10:04 remaining in the 3rd period. With 9:14 remaining, Ritts scored his third goal of the game, getting a hat trick. Ritts goal was assisted by Dylan Shelton and Keenan O’Toole making the game 7-0.

Shaker Heights scored their final goal of the night at the 2:57 mark in the third period with a goal by Benincasa with an assist from Evan Grossman-McKee.

With Shaker Heights winning the Baron Cup I Championship 8-0, the Raiders won their second straight Baron Cup Championship, and the team is already thinking about a three-peat for next year.



Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on

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