Brush High School junior goaltender Michael Kornet is the Cleveland Jewish News-Buffalo Wild Wings Warrensville Heights Player of the Week.
Kornet, 16, of South Euclid, earned the honors for his stellar performance in a loss to Lakewood High School on Jan. 19. Kornet set an Ohio state record with 106 saves during the 10-0 loss to the Rangers. The previous record was 97 saves by Brooklyn High School goalie Ish Qasem in an 8-0 loss to Chagrin Falls High School in 2009.
Even more impressive is that Kornet only began playing hockey three years ago and this is his second season in the net. He said it felt “amazing” to set the record.
“(The season) started off rough, but then I got more confidence and I’m playing better now,” Kornet said.
Brush hockey coach Bryan Grushcow described Kornet’s performance as “outstanding.”
“He hasn’t had a lot of experience in front of him,” he said. “But he’s done everything he can to keep us in the game as long as he can.”
Grushcow said he expects Kornet to continue to improve.
“He’s still new to the position, still a lot to learn,” he said. “He’s got another level he can take it to.”
Kornet’s older brother, Alec, was a student at Brush High School in Lyndhurst who collapsed during hockey practice and died Feb. 14, 2017. Grushcow said that with everything the Kornet family has been through in the past year, the fact that Michael was even on the rink was a testament to his character.
“It speaks measures about the character of this young man,” Grushcow said.”