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Amherst Skates Past Brecksville 8-3 in Opener of Parma Christmas Hockey Tournament

PARMA, OHIO – The Amherst Comets got off to a fast start in their first game of the Parma Christmas Hockey Tournament on Tuesday night, topping the Brecksville Bees 8-3 at Ries Rink in Parma.

The threesome of junior Jacob Fekete (two goals, five assists), sophomore Jacob Kramer (two goals, two assists) and freshman Nathan Harmych (hat trick) dominated for the Comets as they peppered Bee goalie Justin Bauman all night.

The Bees got two goals in the losing effort from Brian Szabo, but were done in by three Comets goals in less than two minutes in the second period to push the Amherst lead to 6-1.

The Comets offensive explosion started quickly in the first period, as just 1:48 into the affair Kramer put the puck in the net to give Amherst a 1-0 edge, with Fekete getting the assist.

About five minutes later on the power play the Comets again struck to go up 2-0, as freshman Harmych scored with assists to Fekete and Kramer.

The Bees had a shot to get back in the game as they went on a power play at the 7:15 mark of the first, but Amherst put the clamps on them, allowing just one shot on goal and maintaining the 2-0 lead.

They pushed it to 3-0 as Fekete scored for the first time on the night to already add to his two assists, giving the Comets the three-goal advantage.

Brecksville cut it to a two-goal lead as they found the back of the net with just one second left in the first period, Szabo scored the goal with Will Morgan and Shahil Merchant on the assists.

The first 15 minutes ended with the Comets holding an edge in shots on goal 11 to 4.

The second period saw Amherst put in a flurry of goals, scoring twice on the power play and three goals total in a span of less than two minutes to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

The first goal was a power play goal to Kramer, his second of the day with Fekete again on the assist, his third, making it 4-1 with 11:30 to play in the period.

Their fifth goal came just 1:14 later, as Harmych scored for the second time on the night, Fekete and Kramer both this time collecting assists on the power play goal making it 5-1.

Junior Michael Giannuzzi pushed the Comet lead to 6-1 as he put the puck in the net with 9:57 to play in the second, Kramer getting his third assist to go along with his two goals.

The Bees got their second goal of the night with 4:52 to play in the second period as Szabo scored for the second time on the night, Morgan again getting the assist to make it 6-2.

With 2:24 the Comets closed out the second period scoring as Fekete put the puck in the net for the second time, going along with his already four assist night to make it 7-2 after two.

At the end of the second the Comets lead in shots on goal by a commanding 27-7 count.

The third saw each team score a goal, the first went to the Comets with 10:10 to play, as Harmych scored his third goal of the night, Fekete collecting his fifth assist to make it 8-2.

With 1:21 left, Morgan scored for the Bees on an unassisted goal to round out the scoring at 8-3 Comets.

Amherst ended the game with 38 shots on goal, 11 in the third period, and the Bees ended with 10 total on the night.

The Bees will be back in action against Holy Name on Wednesday at 3:30pm, and the Comets will be back on the ice in Parma against the Redmen at 6pm on Wednesday.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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