North didn’t play up to its potential in Friday’s season-opening loss to Cleveland Heights. The Rangers rebounded with a 12-0 win over visiting Euclid on Tuesday.
“We had a bad game (against Cleveland Heights) and made a couple of mistakes in the back and didn’t take care of all of our chances,” said North coach Steve Misick. “I was pleased with the way we played but we were still figuring things out. Euclid just fielded a team (on Monday) and they have 14 or 15 kids. We knew it was going to be like a practice for us and we had some issues and things to work out. We looked good but the real test will be Saturday when we play University School. We’ll see how that goes.”
Freshmen Kaden Kocin and Luka Dedic had big nights for the Rangers.
Kocin scored three goals while Dedic added two and two assists.
“We started three freshmen tonight and two of them accounted for five goals and two assists,” Misick said. “They’re without question our future. Kaden just came out last week because he’s also playing for the ninth grade football team. He’s getting a late start with us but his talent is undeniable.”
Veteran Max Patrick also scored two goals and added two assists. Lukas Jakubauskas and Mason Robey both contributed with a goal and an assist. Liam Browne, Colin Justice and Hayden Robert each found the net for the Rangers while Dillon Cendol and Devin Hope both assisted on goals.
Goalkeeper Mate’ Dedic wasn’t tested in goal during the first half and Misick emptied his bench in the second half.
The Rangers host University on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. then open league play against Madison at home on Tuesday.