2017-2018 VIANNEY VARSITY 7-10-0 REG. SEASON 14-11-0 OVERALL
Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018 LOSS Vianney 1 vs. Chaminade 5 ANNUAL MARIANIST CUP GAME
Fri. Jan. 19, 2018 Vianney vs. Oakville 9:30 pm @ South County
Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 Vianney vs. Edwardsville 6:45 pm @ Affton
2017-2018 VIANNEY JUNIOR VARSITY 13-2-0 REG. SEASON 20-6-1 OVERALL
Sun. Jan. 14, 2018 WIN Vianney 6 vs. Marquette 1
Mon. Jan. 15, 2018 LOSS Vianney 3 vs. Priory 4 / Championship Game Arctic Blast MLK Tournament
Sun. Jan. 21, 2019 Vianney vs. Chaminade 9:10 pm @ Affton
2017-2018 VIANNEY B TEAM 2-2-0 REG. SEASON 4-3-0 OVERALL
Sat. Jan. 6, 2018 WIN Vianney 7 vs. Ft. Zumwalt West 1
Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 Vianney vs. Rockwood Summit 4:15 pm @ Queeny Park
Vianney's Andrew Cook #10 and Lindbergh's Patrick Elliot #79 vie for control of the puck during the game on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Vianney Golden Griffins scored early in the game and held onto the lead for a 10-2 victory over the Lindbergh Flyers. photo
It didn't take long for the Vianney High School Golden Griffins hockey team to jump out to an early lead over the Lindbergh High School Flyers on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Left to Right: Bill Bommarito, Scott Simpson, Duane Swacker, Robert Croghan Sr, Brian McGlynn
This year St. John Vianney Hockey is proud to announce the Vianney Hockey Hall of Fame - Class of 2017.
Bro. Norbert Grass - Coach
Mr. Robert Croghan, Sr. - Builder
Mr. Duane Swacker - Player
The Class of 2017 was introduced and inducted at the 2017 Alumni Night Sat. Dec. 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm in the Upper Meeting Room @ Affton Ice Rink.
St. John Vianney reigned supreme in both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions of the 19th Annual Midwest Thanksgiving High School Hockey classic, formerly the St. Charles Thanksgiving Invitational. The tournament has become the largest high school hockey tournament in the Midwest and one of the largest in the entire country. Vianney only recently returned to the tournament over the past two seasons but has appeared in this tournament eight times. The tournament which began in 1999 with 13 teams in two divisions now hosts 50 teams in six different divisions. Teams participating in this year’s tournament are from across Ohio as well as across the Mid West and Canada.
The tournament, began on Friday November 24th, and utilized all six sheets of ice at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin and Chiller North facilities. All in all there were over 90 games played culminating with the championship games on Sunday November 26th. Vianney opened up Varsity pool play against two time defending Ohio State High School Champions, Dayton. The Griffins quickly got on the board just after the opening face off on a goal from their Assistant Captain, Danny McGlynn. This goal set the tone for the weekend where Vianney Varsity out scored their opponents 34-4 in four games. In the first game, Griffin goaltender, Nick Niemeier held Dayton in check the entire game allowing 1 goal on 23 shots. This effort made it possible for Vianney to hold the momentum till late in the second period when Senior Captain, Zach Drummond capitalized with a Power Play Goal. Going into the break between the second and third periods the Griffins held a 2-0 lead. The final tally of the game came midway through the third period on a goal, his first as a Vianney player from Freshman Defenseman, John Verdu. That same evening, the Junior Varsity Griffins kept pace with the "big team" beating Liberty, 4-0. The shut out from Sophomore, Evan Lovera.
Super Saturday at the tournament included two games for each Varsity and JV. The Varsity Griffs drop the puck against Wooster just 15 minutes across town from where the JV team would face off against Upper Arlington. The Varsity skaters went right to work against Wooster who appeared last season in the final four of the Ohio State High School Hockey Championships. This game was all about solid goaltending and defense. Being backstopped again with a solid game by goalie, Nick Niemeier, the Vianney Sophomore defenders provided all the scoring. Two goals from Will Gruener, one from Joey Boccardi and a final tally from Assistant Captain Joe Schulze salted away the win for the Griffins, 4-2. Meanwhile back at the JV game the Jr. Griffs wasted no time in defeating a very good opponent Upper Arlington by a score of 6-3. This game was split in the nets by Sophomore goalie, Jack Sitner who allowed just 1 goal and Freshman keeper, Drew Steinmetz. As was the case throughout the whole weekend, scoring for the JV team was scattered across the line up. Goals from Tanner Placke, Jack Breheny (Captain), Riley Fleig, Michael Giegling, Tommy Gruener, and Colin Wobbe sealed the win for Vianney JV.
With two wins each, Varsity and JV had a small break for a team lunch and were right back on the ice Saturday evening. A win for both teams would assure them a place in the Sunday Championship games. Varsity made quick work of opponents St. Francis DeSales with an 11-0 win. Junior netminder, Keegan Hegger recorded the shut out. The Junior Varisity team faced a very capable opponent St. Charles. This game was a battle from start to finish but with solid goaltending again from Evan Lovera the JV Griffins came out on top 3-2.
Championship Sunday had the Varsity team facing off against Kenston OH in a late morning game while JV would play Dublin Jerome just after the lunch hour. Coach McGlynn and the Griffins rode the hot goalie Nick Niemeier into the Championship game. Niemeiier did not disappoint allowing just 1 goal. But the story of this game early was the Vianney Penalty Kill. The Griffins were sent to the box seven times in the first two periods opposed to one penalty to Kenston. In between killing off 14:00 minutes of penalties Vianney scored three times with goals from Danny McGlynn, Zach Drummond and Senior Captain, Drew Doran. Going into the intermission between periods it was 3-0 Griffins. Vianney came out strong knowing that they were just a period way from the Championship. They put away Kenston 6-1 with three third period goals. Two from Juniors, Kam Sengheiser and Ian Somogye and the final goal, his second of the game from forward Drew Doran. The Junior Varsity team had their work cut out for them facing opponent Dublin Jerome. This club has a lot of history in the tournament and they would not go easy. Just like Varsity, the JV Coaches stayed with the hot goalie, Nick Lovera and also were not disappointed. Lovera allowed only 1 goal in this game and a skimpy 3 goals over 3 games on the weekend. Paced by a first period goal from Sophomore, Zach Adamac the JV team would add three more goals to win the JV Championship 4-1. One goal and the Game Winner from Freshman, Tommy Gruener and two goals from Sophomores, Cameron Beck and Jack Breheny.
This was a tremendous weekend for St. John Vianney on both levels, Varsity and JV....offensively and defensively. Two goaltending shut outs and outscoring their opponents 51-9 gave the Griffins a lot to be thankful for in the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic.
ROAD TO THANKSGIVING CLASSIC VARSITY DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Fri. Nov. 24, 2017 WIN Vianney 3 vs. Dayton 1
Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 WIN Vianney 4 vs. Wooster 2
Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 WIN Vianney 11 vs. St. Francis DeSales 0
Sun. Nov 26, 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WIN Vianney 6 vs. Kenston OH 1
ROAD TO THANKSGIVING CLASSIC JUNIOR VARSITY DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Fri. Nov. 24, 2017 WIN Vianney 4 vs. Liberty 0
Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 WIN Vianney 6 vs. Upper Arlington 3
Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 WIN Vianney 3 vs. St. Charles 2
Sun. Nov. 26, 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WIN Vianney 4 vs. Dublin Jerome OH 1
The Vianney Hockey Coaching Staff is proud to announce the selection of the 2017-2018 Varsity Captains and Assistant Captains.
2017-2018 ANNUAL MID WEST HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY INVITATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP VARSITY DIVISION - FINAL SCORE VIANNEY 4 OMAHA JR. LANCERS 2
If you are interested in being a Vianney Hockey Cheerleader for the upcoming 2017-2018 season please mark your calendars for the important dates......If you have further questions call: Jamie Schwartz 314-651-8292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
BE A GRIFFIN HOCKEY CHEERLEADER - CHEER WITH A CHAMPION!
On Friday, December 23, 2016, the St. John Vianney Hockey Club retired two jersey numbers representing the careers of three players spanning a twenty year history of the hockey club.
Bill Bommarito #19 - Class of 1973
Brian McGlynn #20 - Class of 1978
Scott Simpson #20 - Class of 1982
Each of the above mentioned players were honored at the home game on the ice on Friday December 23, 2016. Their jersey numbers will hang permanently in the rafters of the Affton Ice Arena. Their individual accomplishments have brought them to the forefront of the Vianney Hockey Club. Their commitment to excellence on the ice led the Vianney program through the first two decades of competition. Their individual accomplishments will be outlined in detail in a special section of the St. John Vianney Hockey Club website and there will be a plaque placed at Vianney High school paying honor to their accomplishments and welcoming them as the First Class of the St. John Vianney Hockey Cluib Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Bill, Brian and Scott and please check back to view the NEW section of the Vianney Hockey website titled HALL OF FAME after the first of the year for more information.
CONGRATULATIONS, "THE ROAR IS BACK!"
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