Played both forward and defense for the Canfield team and was its leading scorer and captain this season as a junior. “He was our leader on the ice,” said coach Randy Emery. “He is a fantastic student and a quality young athlete.”

Although the Cardinals didn’t exactly have a Miracle on Ice season with a 3-19 record, Crescimanno had six goals and seven assists for 13 points.

Crescimanno and Co. have set the stage for 2013-14. “We’re losing two veterans,” he said of Josh Tancer and Patrick Bassett, along with Jared Daugherty, “but we have a lot of sophomores and juniors. If we can get these kids to work hard and accelerate their game, we’re definitely going to compete in the Greater Cleveland League. We were there this year but couldn’t pull out the W.”

In the fifth grade, the son of Michael and Mary Crescimanno started at the Ice Zone, where he joined the Phantoms’ development program. Nick then played in the Boston area, where his father took a sabbatical to do research. After moving up to high school, the Cardinals struggled his sophomore year.

“It was tough because we lost a lot of leadership and skill. We didn’t have the most talented people, but we definitely had some hard workers,” Crescimanno said of goalie Roger Geiser, who holds the state record for most saves. Megan Cole stepped in as starting goalie this year. “It was her first year in the net and I think she did really well.”

Nick probably played more defense, than forward. “I’d probably rather score than play defense, but if defense is what we need, then that’s where I’ll play. Often, it feels better to save a goal than make one.”

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