• David Nicoletti

1ST SUMMIT ARENA Host 15th Annual Brad Wess Memorial Scholarship Showcase Friday Evening

Bradley Wess was a fun-loving, hockey-loving junior at Forest Hills High School in the fall of 2007 when a tragic auto accident claimed his life. The kind and giving 16 year-old had chosen to be an organ donor, and as a way to Celebrate Brad’s Life as well as continue his legacy and philanthropy. Friends, family, & community members from several area schools gathered to establish the BRAD WESS MEMORIAL Scholastic Showcase, with the help of the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies.

Friday evening, seniors from local teams were invited to participate in a game of fun & camaraderie. The game highlighted area seniors and helped raise money to have an opportunity for scholarships gifted in Brad’s name by his Family and at the conclusion of the game. Goaltenders for this game were Brock Mroczka for Team Gold and Luke Snider for Team Green.

Team Gold got off to an early start to kick things off. As Westmont boys Kobe Rickabaugh found LMHL leading scorer Aiden Rice to score the first goal of the game. Team Green however responded at the end of the period with a goal to tie things up at 1-1 with the shots 13-12 for Team Gold. Chase Stormer received credit with the goal with Alex Cruley receiving credit for the assist.

The second period alone saw a total of 10 goals scored in the frames' 17 minutes. Four from Team Green, and six from Team Gold. Goal scorers from Green were Stormer, Tony Morano, Branden Sweeney, and Colin Gorman. Goal scorers from Gold were Rickabaugh (2), Rice (2), Joel Morrison, and Kyle Replogle. As we headed into the third period with Team Gold leading 7-5.

After an 18 goal three frame, where two tied games and lead changes were saw, it was Team Green completing the comeback with a 18-12 win over Team Gold. Goals from Team Green came from Darren Shrift (3), Morano (3), Stormer (2), and Sweeney, the remaining three went unannounced. Team Gold goals came from Replogle, Rickabaugh, Rice, Morrison, Gorman, and Austin Valko. Final shots on goal were 53-51 for Team Green.

A congratulations to Evan Gardenhour, and Darren Shrift, who both received scholarships following the end of the game.

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